The Happiness Factor in Aging

Medical science assures us that people are living longer. This is not new news. However, what if we considered this information from a slightly different perspective? Laura Carstensen, the director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, states,“More years were added to the average life expectancy in the 20th century than in all prior millenniacombined!” What is equally interesting is that fertility rates have fallen across the same time period that life expectancy has gone up. By the year 2015, people in the U.S. over the age of 60 surpassed those under the age of 15!

What does this all mean? For one, it means that as increasing numbers of people live into old age, they have the potential to exert greater influence both individually and collectively. It also means that planning for the future after the age of sixty takes on greater significance. Read more ›

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Let’s Stop Using Narcissism As a Four-Letter Word

Have you noticed that the word narcissist has morphed into a term of derision and contempt that is easily thrown around at will?  But how many people really understand where the term comes from or what it means?  How often have we heard, “Her husband is a narcissist,” or “My boss is such a narcissist!”

Understand narcissism from a clinical perspective requires a little historical background.  The clinical etiology of narcissism originated from the Greek myth and was used psychologically to describe relational or environmental circumstances that resulted in one or more of the following: Read more ›

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Teaching Our Children How to Lead an Authentic Life

What is authenticity? Simply put, authenticity is the ability to be true to oneself. Are there conditions or guidelines that parents can follow that will foster the development of a healthy, confident, authentic sense of self in their children? Absolutely, yes!

The expression of an authentic self is measured by the freedom individuals feel to express their unique gifts, talents, ideas, and desires with a relative degree of spontaneity. Read more ›

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Lessons on Maintaining Motivation

For those of you who believe that the millennial generation is just a bunch of entitled slackers with a poor work ethic and no loyalty to anyone other than themselves, let me introduce you to my buddy Josh. Josh is a twenty eight-year old young man who has developed a code to live by. I asked him what he meant by that, and he said that he creates a “Power List” every night before he goes to bed. His Power List consists of writing down ten things that he must complete the next day in order for him to stay focused and achieve his goal.

I asked him, “So, what goes on your list?” He replied, “Anything that I can realistically complete in one day that gets me closer to my goal.” Read more ›

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