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A Smile Can Lead to Greater Happiness

Last Thursday was the first day of spring. If that wasn’t enough to please you, it was also the second annual International Day of Happiness. The United Nations General Assembly made it official by recognizing wellbeing as a fundamental right of people throughout the world. The United Nations Foundation and Grammy Award winning musician Pharrell Williams teamed up to put some synergy in motion. The focus of the online happening was Pharrell’s infectious song “Happy.” You can watch funky videos from all over the world here or listen to a … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Tour with Cyma Shapiro

We are happy to welcome to our website today, Cyma Shapiro, and her book, The Zen of Midlife Mothering: Essays from MotheringintheMiddle.com. It is the first anthology written by and for midlife mothers! The Zen celebrates the heartbreak and the glory of women choosing motherhood over 40 for the first, repeat, or last time, and of those standing firmly in place as mothers now in mid-life.   In this increasingly popular trend of new older parenting, these women do not share a collective consciousness like many of their younger counterparts, … Continue reading

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Let’s not Pigeonhole Millennials

Did you know that, according to the older generation, kids today have a sense of entitlement and are clueless about how to communicate without social media? A pigeonhole is an overly restrictive category, which fails to reflect the actual complexities. And pigeonholing is exactly what we’re doing to the eight million Millennials, born between 1980 and 2000. According to the media, Gen Y has created a new developmental stage between adolescence and adulthood called adultolescense. More of them are living with a parent than a partner, in part because they’re … Continue reading

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selfies and the oscars

By now, it’s likely that you’ve seen the selfie taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the Academy Awards earlier this week. Perhaps you even retweeted it yourself, along with over three million others, breaking the record at Twitter. And actively participating in the event allowed you to feel more connected to the celebrities who were featured in it – Ellen, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Kevin Spacey. Or are you one of the 40% of Baby Boomers who admitted in a recent Pew Research … Continue reading