The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch

The happiness curve: Why life gets better after 50

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 – podcast

The happiness curve: Why life gets better after 50 – A book discussion

Yes, you do get wiser and happier after age 50

Excerpts:

Thanks to modern medicine, the lifespan of the average adult has increased by more than a decade and will probably expand even more in years to come. If that isn’t enough of a silver lining, journalist Jonathan Rauch offers even more good news about aging in his book “The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.”

The optimistic, breezy title could easily be dismissed as wishful thinking. However, Rauch’s rosy projection is based less on new-age optimism than a review of a series of multi-country, big-data studies on happiness conducted over the past few decades.

The findings by scholars from a range of disciplines consistently show that life satisfaction is U-shaped, with contentment high in the 20s, plunging at mid-age and taking a turn for the better after 50.

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Tricks for Savoring Summer’s Fleeting Delights by Laura Vanderkam

Tricks for Savoring Summer’s Fleeting Delights by Laura Vanderkam

Tricks for Savoring Summer’s Fleeting Delights

Psychological research has yielded various techniques for helping us to get more from our best moments—and even to plan for them.

By Laura Vanderkam

…. I was first introduced to “savoring” as a practical concept through the work of the research psychologists Fred B. Bryant and the late Joseph Veroff. In their 2006 book, “Savoring: A New Model of Positive Experience,”  they noted that psychologists have long studied how some resilient people learn to cope with difficulty.

They thought it was an equally interesting adaptation to learn how to savor good things. As they showed, it’s possible  to take active steps to make life’s happy moments feel richer and last longer.

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At 106 Years of Age, Champion Cyclist Robert Marchand Refuses to Stop Pedaling – When Younger, His Cycling Coach Told Him He’d Never Be A Champion

At 106 Years of Age, Champion Cyclist Robert Marchand Refuses to Stop Pedaling

At 106 Years of Age, Champion Cyclist Robert Marchand Refuses to Stop Pedaling

Feb 2018

In France, most people retire at around 62 years old. But it wasn’t until he turned 100 that Robert Marchand set his first world record in competitive cycling.

 

In 2012, Marchand became the fastest long-distance cyclist over the age of 100 after he pedaled 15 miles in an hour.

Then in 2017, he set a world record in the 105-and-up category — a category created just for him — by riding 14 miles in the same amount of time. He says it was one of the happiest days of his life.

“To be on top of the podium in front of all these people singing the French national anthem … it was a moment of incredible emotion,” says Marchand.

For him, these records aren’t about making money or being a champion.

“I don’t do this to be a world champion,” says Marchand. “I do it to prove that if you follow a healthy lifestyle, you can still do a number of things … even at a really old age.”

That healthy lifestyle includes eating lots of fruits and vegetables and very little meat. He doesn’t smoke and says he only drinks the occasional glass of wine.

But Marchand’s friends attribute his incredible longevity to something else.

“To me, it’s his natural astonishment and curiosity,” says Gerard Mistler, Marchand’s friend and coach. “He was at my house last summer and he was astonished because he had just learned that his heart had beat 4 billion times over the course of his life.”

Told he would never be a champion 

Marchand was born in the northern French town of Amiens in 1911 — that’s nearly 6 months before the Titanic set sail and about three years before the start of World War I.

He hopped on a bike for the first time when he was just three years old, quickly adopting a passion for the sport. But when Marchand was 22, his cycling coach told him he would never make it professionally.

“I was told that I was too small and that I would never become a champion,” recounts Marchand.

So Marchand, who’s around 5 feet tall and 115 pounds, took up gymnastics and boxing, where his wiry frame would be an asset.

After becoming a champion in both sports, he held around a dozen different kinds of jobs over the years that sent him all over the world.

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Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big by R. Hodin

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

Thirty Five Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

Excerpts:

by Rachel Hodin

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Elvis

After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).

Thomas Edison

He worked at Western Union where he used to secretly conduct experiments. Then, one night in 1867, he spilled some acid and it ate through the entire floor. He was fired and subsequently decided to just pursue inventing full time.

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Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

This is written from a Christian perspective, but I don’t think one has to be a Christian to necessarily glean and profit from some of the concepts the author raises.

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

I am not 25 anymore, or 45, or even 65. But God doesn’t care. It’s Monday and my phone is ringing. My email inbox is full. My workload is steady. The harvest is ripe, as the Good Book says, and God has work for me to do. That’s the biggest surprise to me about getting older: God doesn’t worry about age. He needs willing workers.

My biggest life questions aren’t about whether I will dye my hair, buff my thighs, or get a Botox shot.

Instead, I’m simply asking: Am I still willing to work for God and not stop?

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WWII Veteran to Graduate College Nearly 70 Years After His Last Class

WWII veteran to graduate college nearly 70 years after his last class: “I never thought I’d live to see this. It’s a miracle!”

WWII veteran to graduate college nearly 70 years after his last class

May 4, 2018

It’s been almost 70 years since Bob Barger last sat in a classroom, but the World War II veteran will finally receive his college diploma this weekend.

The 96-year-old former U.S. Navy pilot will graduate Saturday with an associate degree in technical studies from the University of Toledo in his hometown, the school said.

He is believed to be the oldest graduate in the university’s history.

“I never thought I’d live to see this,” Barger said in a recent interview with ABC station WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. “It’s a miracle!”

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300 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams by Jeff Hayden

300 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams by Jeff Hayden

Here is just a sampling from the page (I don’t want to copy all 300 quotes on my blog):

Need a quick dose of inspiration? Need a quick surge in motivation? You’ll definitely find it here …

-“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” –Mark Twain

-“You never regret being kind.” –Nicole Shepherd

-“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

-“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

-“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn

-“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

-“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –Thomas Edison

-“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” –Mark Victor Hansen

-“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” –Aristotle

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