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    45 Life Lessons, Written by a 90-year-old

    I love little nuggets of wisdom. I came across this list and found it appropriate for the latter half of December as the end of another year approaches.  I don’t know the origin or whether it was really written by a 90-year-old, but regardless, it’s worth reading through. And I hope the blogger I borrowed it from doesn’t mind my re-posting here. Enjoy!

    1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

    2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

    3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

    4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

    5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

    6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

    7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

    8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

    9. Save for things that matter.

    10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

    11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

    12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

    13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

    14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

    15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.

    16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

    17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

    18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

    19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.

    20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

    21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

    22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.

    23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

    24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

    25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

    26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

    27. Always choose Life.

    28. Forgive but don’t forget.

    29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

    30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.

    31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

    32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

    33. Believe in miracles.

    34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

    35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

    36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

    37. Your children get only one childhood.

    38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

    39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

    40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
    grab ours back.

    41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

    42. The best is yet to come…

    43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

    44. Yield.

    45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

    5 Quick Exercises to Improve Your Memory

    Note: This is a guest post by freelance writer Uma Campbell.

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    Whether you’re a student with final exams and midterms coming up, or someone who is simply experiencing the natural effects of aging (as much as we’re loathe to admit it, it happens), we all wish we had a better memory.  Some believe that a good memory is something born with, but we can all have a good memory; it’s a case of mind over matter.  Here are five tips (in no particular order) that are sure to help you stay sharp:

    1. Create routines for yourself.  Always losing your glasses? Make a space where you’ll be sure to remember them—a glasses stand or a simple bowl can be a great option.  Or, if you have trouble remembering to floss, make it a rule to floss every time you shower, and you will be more likely to remember.  Simple but effective!
    2.  Focus is an important element in memory. These days with excess stimuli constantly coming from our iPads, smartphones, etc., it can be difficult to truly focus. Take some time to unplug; turn off all of your electronic media, and you’ll find that it helps your ability to remember.  For example, if you have an important test coming up, make sure to give yourself the peace and quiet to do so.
    3. Be creative; expand your brain.  Sound difficult?  It’s not: just by simply taking the time to write down your memories, you drastically improve your recall ability.  Some people even find it helpful to keep a memory journal—a book kept handy for birthdays, to-do lists, phone numbers, ideas and more.  It has been shown that the simple exercise of writing something down helps your brain retain the information.  And if you’re not one for writing?  Even repeating something aloud to yourself can help you remember it — you will find that repetition is a key factor in an effective memory.
    4. Brain exercises can also be helpful. Activities like reading, crossword puzzles, playing music—even watching trivia shows like Jeopardy can help keep your mind sharp and active.  Studies have shown that activities like crosswords can slow the effects of dementia.  It has also been shown that new activities—be it a class in a discipline you’re not familiar with, or world travel—will improve your ability to recall memories.
    5. In addition to exercising your mind, actual physical exercise can also help improve your memory.  Did you know that dancing, particularly ballroom dancing, is especially good for your memory?  According to a 2003 study, it has been shown to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  So, in addition to acting as some light cardio to keep your body in tip-top condition, it can also help to keep your mind on point. If you’re not looking for any strenuous activity, even meditating has been proven to improve your memory. A University of Washington study found that meditating improved your memory by enabling you to concentrate more, remember more details and stay in an overall better mood.

    So there you have it: with just a few simple tweaks to your routine, you’ll greatly improve your memory.  You might even have a good time while you’re at it: take up ballroom dance, complete the Sunday crossword while watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire, go to string quartet practice, and start writing in a journal—who said improving your memory had to be a chore?  To us, it sounds quite fun.


    Uma Campbell is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves learning about natural ways to combat the effects of aging, To view more of her writing, you can visit the Soothing Walls website.

    Does the State You Live in Match Your Personality?

    usmapA recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looks at the interplay of geography, specifically U.S. states, and personality traits. In research spanning 13 years, and “using personality test data from over one million people, researchers have identified three distinct personality regions in the country” (Time). The personality regions are “Friendly & Conventional,” “Relaxed & Creative,” and “Temperamental and Uninhibited.” The states are also ranked according to the Big Five Personality Traits: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

    There is a short (10-question) quiz that readers can take to see which states matches their personality. I was surprised to find that the results of the quiz indicate that I belong in North Carolina, where I currently live. North Carolina is ranked third in conscientiousness and agreeableness. The state where I grew up, South Carolina, comes in at number one in conscientiousness.

    See your state’s personality on this map. Do you think that your personality matches the state you reside in?