Learn to Tie Shoelaces Correctly

As we were driving home from Florida last week, I heard several radio commentaries maintaining that most of us needed to learn how to correctly tie shoelaces! The first time I heard this bit of news trivia, I ignored it.  However, it was repeated several times on various NPR (National Public Radio) stations as we […]

Dealing with change

Dealing with change in retirement is important. Like most people, I like to think that I’m good at dealing with change. I can adapt. But recently, I had to confront myself.  Our niece was visiting us last month. The conversation turned to tactics for protecting the brain and keeping it active to assist in warding […]

Sometimes you’re forced to slow down

Sometimes you’re forced to slow down. Sometimes it’s necessary to retreat from the world — to stop completely. No appointments.  No activities. No gym time.  No cooking.  No errands.  Nothing.. I’ve had over a week of slow time suffering from a severe flu. I could whine and complain about the unfairness of such an illness […]

Can a Password Mantra Change Habits?

Can a password mantra change habits? Have you tried using a mantra to reinforce a habit change? Can you use a computer password to reinforce your mantra? This idea of using a computer password as a mantra sounds weird — yet intriguing. To reinforce a new habit of keeping only two items per day on […]

Do You Understand Your Habits?

Do you understand your habits?  Do you want to change your habits? Are you aware that habits, both good habits and bad habits, control most aspects of your life including how you spend your time, how you relate to others,  and how you experience pleasure or pain? In the past months I’ve noticed that many […]

Retirement Happiness — Get pleasure from your habits

Let’s face the truth — we get pleasure from our habits. Habits govern most aspects of our daily lives. They give us a sense of security. Our internal GPS loves habits and drives us to repeat them. Habits give us pleasure because we are emotionally and psychologically attached to certain behaviours and activities.  We do […]