Ageism Causes Unhappiness and Not Just for the Old

Why Anti-ageing Products Are Offensive Recently, I saw a post on Instagram promoting ‘body positivity.’ It was part of a great campaign that aims to dispel the stigma around differences in appearance. Those differences can be visible or hidden and include, for instance, scars. In the video post, a young woman with psoriasis affecting her face and scalp was talking to camera when suddenly she paused, gasped and looked closely at her scalp. Her horror was not due to her

By |2021-02-26T13:32:48+00:00February 26th, 2021|Advice, Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments

Does Everything Make You Angry Now You’re Older? Let’s Just Be Kind to One Another

When my daughters were young and having a typical sibling squabble, in desperation I would often ask them ‘are you being kind?’. It was an attempt to avoid becoming involved in their argument and to get them to think about what was really important at that moment. Amazingly, it usually worked. Lately, I have had to remind myself of this tactic as I try to bring more kindness and compassion into my thinking. Kindness or being kind is a trait

By |2020-10-13T10:59:00+00:00July 25th, 2020|Advice, Life Lessons, Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments

Why a Visit to the Hair Salon Could Be Good for Your Mental Health

Recently I had an enlightening experience at the hairdressers. While I was waiting as my husband had his hair cut, I was joined by an older woman. She seemed to be in some discomfort, walking with a limp and a little out of breath. I automatically moved over slightly to make space although it was an unnecessary gesture as there was plenty of room. We smiled and I continued to read a magazine. Shortly afterwards she was ushered away

By |2020-01-28T12:21:33+00:00January 28th, 2020|Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments

Why Baby Boomers Should Resist Any Urge to Join the Ageing Tribe

The importance of social connection across generations What do I mean by the ‘ageing tribe’? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a tribe as ‘a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect’. Recently it has occurred to me that, because of the many conversations that are taking place in social media and more widely in the press, we are forming ‘tribes’ based

By |2020-01-09T16:31:03+00:00January 9th, 2020|Advice, Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments
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