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Life After 50

The 5 Negative Thoughts You Need To Banish Forever

Margaret Manning | Posted 09.24.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Many people are struggling to find happiness in life after 50. On the surface, you might think that our inability to be happy comes from our complex lives. But, despite the fact that we share similar challenges, some of us are much happier than others. The question is, why?

How I'm Learning To Live Alone

Nancy Lang | Posted 08.31.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Lang

Today I had a day off with nothing planned, which actually made me feel a little uncomfortable. I generally like to have a list to check off in order to feel productive, but nothing I had to do was screaming out as urgent. Thus, I felt no urge to do any of it, so I didn't.

I Found My Soulmate After 50 -- And I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 08.31.2015 | Fifty
Lorraine C. Ladish

For those who think they're too old to find love in midlife, for those who think their ship has sailed, I say - don't give up. Everyone evolves. You're not the same person you were 10 years ago, and neither is your future soulmate.

The Types Of Friends Everyone Should Get Rid Of In Midlife

Margaret Manning | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Did you ever think about the fact that many of our friendships are 'accidental?' For most of our lives, the people that we meet are defined by our social context at the time. As a result, as we reach our 50s, we often find ourselves with people in our lives that are actually causing us more harm than good.

How To Make Friends As An Adult In 4 Simple Steps

Margaret Manning | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

As many people in their 50s have discovered, making friends as an adult is difficult. Without the social bonds that connect us to others as parents, many of us feel isolated, or, even a little lonely. The truth is that it is possible to have an active social life at any age.

Leaving My Safe House

Paula Sistare, MA, LPC, NCC | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce
Paula Sistare, MA, LPC, NCC

I will arrive on the other side of this. I know this to be true because after all my years I have had the honor of more than a few life challenges. I will keep walking as I did before.

What It Really Means To Be Your Own Best Friend

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Most people think that they know themselves well by the time they reach their 50th birthday. But, do they really? How many people have really taken the time to write down and analyze their thoughts on a regular basis?

Want To Find Happiness? Do This One Thing In The Shower Every Morning

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

I have a pleasant morning shower ritual that wakes me up emotionally and helps me to feel better about my life. This ritual doesn't involve a special type of shampoo or happiness soundtrack. It's a trick that I do in my mind to feel more grateful.

7 Anti-Aging Tricks That Every Woman Over 50 Should Use

Margaret Manning | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

By now, we know what a 50-year-old body looks like. We live in one every single day. Even those of us who purchase the latest anti-aging creams and capsules know they won't make us look younger. Not really. So what's the alternative? Here are seven real anti-aging tricks.

The 7 Ways Yoga Leads To A Better Body

Judi Freedman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

In January I started training to become a yoga instructor. I thought I would share my transformative journey as it unfolds. For fellow yogis -- my stories will remind you of why you practice. For non-yogis -- come along for the ride -- maybe I'll entice you to try a class or two.

10 Small Habits That May Add Years To Your Life

Margaret Manning | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

It's easy to feel confused by all the healthy aging advice out there. Wine is good for you. Wine is bad for you. Take calcium supplements. Don't take calcium supplements. At times, it seems like the 'experts' really don't know what they're talking about.

5 Specific Ways To Avoid Loneliness In Retirement

Margaret Manning | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Retirement can be a challenging time, especially when you live far away from your family. Many people also struggle with finding new friends once they leave the jobs that have given their lives meaning for decades. The good news is that we don't have to accept loneliness in retirement!

7 Pairs Of Shoes Every Woman Over 50 Should Own

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.31.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

There are hundreds of articles and books that will tell you how to cope with turning 50. Trust me -- I know how hard this can be. I stayed 49 for several years before deciding to accept my aging body and embrace my true self.

6 Ways To Find Lasting Happiness After 50

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

After turning 50, we want to do everything we can to stay healthy, active and strong. After all, with at least 30 years more ahead of us, the investments that we make now will make all the difference in the future.

The Day I Looked In The Mirror And Really Saw Myself For The First Time

Robin Korth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

I will never forget the day eight years ago when I looked in the mirror and really saw myself looking back at me. I saw me! My breath caught in my throat as I stared in a self-fascinated kind of horror at my own image. I was not 35. I was not 45. I was 51. Two-thirds of my life was truly gone.

Who's The Sexiest Man Over 60? You Decide

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

One of the biggest misconceptions about aging is that we no longer care about beauty, sex or romantic companionship. What rubbish! Baby boomers today are challenging stereotypes and living life with verve and passion. We want to look great, even if we don't care what other people think.

50 Things I No Longer Feel Guilty About Now That I'm 50

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Because it's (almost) always better after 50, I'm done feeling guilty ... how about you? Here's what I'm not feeling guilty about any more...

7 Ways To Boost Your Happiness In Under A Minute

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Happiness and positivity are essential to every aspect of getting the most from life. When we feel happy, we are more likely to engage with the world -- and the more we do, the happier we become. Unfortunately, many of the things that can make us happier require a long-term commitment.

6 Positive Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Death

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

As we reach our 50s, it's common to start worrying about our mortality. Many of us begin to think about the fact that we may have fewer years ahead of us than behind. Some may even come to fear death, no matter how far it is in the future.

50 Women Over 50 Offer Advice For Beating Loneliness

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

To help break the stigma of loneliness and to get some practical advice, I turned to the women in the Sixty and Me community. I asked them what they would say to a friend who was feeling lonely. Their answers were warm, authentic and direct.

How To Plan A Romantic Rendezvous During Your Life After 50

Judi Freedman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

While 75-destinations are featured in Frommer's Places For Passion, I asked Dr. Schwartz to name a few of her favorites.

What 5-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Life After 50

Margaret Manning | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Recently I started wondering why we become so darn serious as adults. Do we subconsciously rush to fill the roles that society gives us? Or, do life's practical considerations conspire to make us conservative and just plain boring?

Are You Taking Care of Your Heart?

Judi Freedman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

February is filled with red hearts thanks to Valentine's Day. It's also a month to honor your own heart and make sure it stays healthy year-round. I learned more about heart health from the American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red For Women Campaign.

How To Plan A Vacation That's Better Than The Guide Books

Judi Freedman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

Baby boomers are big travelers. According to Yana Gutierrez, vice president at American Express, "Boomers will spend close to $120 billion on travel this year and will take four to five trips in 2015. Plus, 85 percent of baby boomers use travel websites to find information about their trips."

The First Step To Dealing with Loneliness Has Nothing To Do With Meeting Other People

Margaret Manning | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

As someone who suffered with loneliness for 15 years, I know firsthand how hard it is to break out of our own mental chains