10 Unexpectedly Awesome Benefits Of Getting Older

10 Unexpectedly Awesome Benefits Of Getting Older

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Life has a depressingly simple trajectory. You’re born, you grow up, you spend a few years looking and feeling great and then you hit middle age and slowly sink into a quagmire of loneliness, despair, and terrible sex. Finally, you wind up sharing a care home with Grandpa Simpson and wondering why your kids don’t visit anymore.

 

At least, that’s the cynical view. But there’s a more positive way of seeing things. A way which suggests that aging is less of a slow decline and more of a doorway through which unexplored regions of awesomeness lie.

 

How many times have you caught a cold this year? As most of our readers are in the 18–35 range, we’re going to guess around three. That’s standard for young people. But our readers over 50 will have different answers. On average, they will have caught between one and two.

 

When we’re born, each new virus is like someone taking a sledgehammer to our immune systems. As we get older, our bodies get better at remembering certain invaders and fighting them off.

 

By the time we near 40, we’ve got a Facebook-sized directory of many of the bugs going around, with the result that we find it much harder to get sick in some ways. Of course, an older person’s immune system gets weaker in other ways, and serious illness can result from that. However, science has shown that everything from allergy symptoms to migraines declines as we enter late middle age.

 

As general rule, life satisfaction dips the longer you live. From age 18 to the mid-twenties, most people rate their own happiness as taking a sharp plunge before plateauing for a while and then plunging again when they approach 40. By middle age, most of us are at the lowest we’ve ever been in our lives.Then something unexpected happens. Things start to pick up. By 60, we’re as happy as we were at 18. By 70, the average person is more satisfied with his life than he’s ever been. read more at listverse.com

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Social Security, What Consumers Should Know

Social Security, What Consumers Should Know

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Only 2 percent of men and 4 percent of women waited until 70 to claim benefits. Do you know the best age for you to begin claiming Social Security retirement benefits?

 

People applying for benefits aren’t consistently given key information from the Social Security Administration that they might need to make better-informed decisions about when to begin taking retirement benefits, according to a new government report.

 

According to the GAO report, whether someone was applying for benefits online or face-to-face with a Social Security claims specialist, “claimants were sometimes provided information that could inadvertently influence them to claim earlier than they might have otherwise.”

 

For example, some individuals didn’t know that retirement benefits could be taxed or that their benefits could be temporarily reduced if they worked. Some were unaware that a wife or husband — even one who hasn’t worked — could be eligible for benefits based on the record of a working spouse. Some didn’t understand how benefits are calculated.  Read more…

 

Yummm! Lemon Sponge Pudding

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Yummm! Lemon Sponge Pudding

http://specialforkblog.com/2013/11/11/lemon-sponge-pudding/Years ago, when I was the food editor of the Honolulu Advertiser, I saved a recipe for Lemon Sponge Pudding from a news wire story. I hadn’t run the story but must have liked the recipe, because I just found it recently in an old recipe binder. So after decades, I thought I’d try it out.

The recipe, probably part of a retro recipes story, was credited to Mrs. Anna Kellogg and printed in 1941 in “Favorite and Original Recipes of the Members of the San Joaquin County Farm Home Department of the Farm Bureau.” In those days, recipes didn’t have to be as detailed since women were more experienced cooks – there were no takeout or ready meal options….read more at specialforkblog.com

 

Live Like an Italian – Fight Major Health Issues

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Live Like an Italian – Fight Major Health Issues

http://yourhealthtube.com/live-like-an-italian-fight-health-issues/Live life like an Italian – because in some ways Italians have it all figured out, especially when health is in question. Doctors should prescribe vegetables, olive oil, and nuts instead of beta blockers and statins and encourage people to live like an Italian to fight major health issues, scientists have said. Aseem Malhotra, a British cardiologist, in his new film named “The Big Fat Fix, calls for a great health revolution that eliminates medications and embraces “lifestyle medicine”.

Aseem Malhotra, a British cardiologist, in his new film named “The Big Fat Fix, calls for a great health revolution that eliminates medications and embraces “lifestyle medicine”.

Doctor Malhotra claims that heart disease, diabetes, and obesity can all be reversed by accepting the real meaning of the Mediterranean Diet that couples healthy eating with the sunshine, relaxation, sleep, and exercise….yourhealthtube.com

 

Bust out the Bubbles: 7 Breathtaking Bathtubs

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Bust out the Bubbles: 7 Breathtaking Bathtubs

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/bust-bubbles-7-breathtaking-bathtubs/From modern to antique and from marble to copper, these bathtubs have something for everyone’s taste. But, let’s be honest, a bubble bath in any of these would be pretty divine.

Thinking of updating your bathroom? Use these different bathtub designs as inspiration.  From modern to antique and from marble to copper, these bathtubs have something for everyone’s taste.  But, let’s be honest, a bubble bath in any of these would be pretty divine….Read more…

 

20 Top New Entries That Will Welcome You Home

20 Top New Entries That Will Welcome You Home

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Entryways are all about first impressions.

What you encounter the moment you cross a threshold into a home sets the tone for how you will feel about the space — and yourself.

A look at 20 popular entryway photos recently uploaded to Houzz reveals that there’s no right formula, but a strong emphasis on feel-good materials and colors will surely be a welcoming beacon in your home.

Blue Me Away Eye-popping wallpaper and a geometric mirror and console table create a showstopping entry in this New York City home.

Wallpaper: Rosey Posey Trellis in Ginger Jar Blue, by Anna Spiro for Porter’s Paints, via Black & Spiro; Safina rug in Blush: Lulu & Georgia; console: West Elm (discontinued); Romano wall mirror in sapphire blue: Bungalow 5; Travis aged brass pendant: Hudson Valley Lighting; floral blue-and-white porcelain umbrella stand: Oriental FurnitureRead more about this and other entryways with stylish wall treatments M. Barnes & Co 2…..Via houzz.com

 

Sustainability and Urban design

Sustainability and Urban design

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Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is the housing crisis, prevalent in Latin America where 80 percent of the population now resides in urban areas. The second is the overwhelming amount of plastic crowding landfills. To combat these issues, Conceptos Plásticos recycles plastic into LEGO-like building blocks that families can use to easily construct their own homes.

Conceptos Plásticos works with local communities to source plastic and rubber and train locals on the building process. With the building blocks, locals can build their own houses, emergency shelters, community halls, and classrooms. A home for one family will take four people five days to construct with the recycled building blocks – and there’s no construction experience necessary. The blocks fit together like LEGOs….Read more…

 

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