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New Year's Resolutions

If you're in the market for a New Year's resolution, you could do a lot worse than this one, from the late Duane Allman...

This year I will be more thoughtful of my fellow man, exert more effort in each of my endeavors, professionally as well as personally. Take love wherever I find it, and offer it to everyone who will take it. In this coming year I will seek knowledge from those wiser than me and try to teach those who wish to learn from me. I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can.

How a rumba can wreck your relationship

As the Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars series come to an end for another year, you might be feeling inspired to take up dancing as a new hobby in retirement.  What could be better?  Time spent with your partner, learning new skills, getting fitter and having fun? 

However, before you sign on the dotted line for those dancing classes, check out 'How a rumba can wreck your relationship' from Nicola Tyrer who took up ballroom dancing after her husband retired six years ago.

7 misconceptions about retired life

This is interesting...

Most people expect that their lives will get better once they retire and things become less stressful, with more time for hobbies and travel.

However, according to a recent poll of 1,254 individuals aged 50 and older, carried out by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, that might not be the case. 

A quarter of retirees think life in retirement is worse than it was before they retired and 44% think that their quality of life is about the same as it was whilst they were still working.  Find out more.

Why flossing is ALWAYS a good idea

If you knew for sure that poor dental health could contribute to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, dementia, respiratory infections and difficulty controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics, wouldn't that get you reaching for the floss on a regular basis?  Why take the risk?  Find out more in 5 Ways Poor Dental Care Makes You Sick

Random acts of kindness coming to a store near you!

Random acts of kindness have been breaking out at Kmart stores across the US.  Anonymous donors have been paying off strangers' layaway accounts - which just goes to show that practically anyone can create a small miracle and make a difference for someone else.

And, as the pace steps up a notch this weekend for those of us who celebrate Christmas, you might like to ponder this question that I heard yesterday:

If everyone had access to their bank accounts frozen between December 1st and January 1st and couldn't actually spend any money on Christmas gifts, how would you still make Christmas meaningful for your friends and family members?

Would love to hear your answers in the comments section below!

Are these wild men of rock just big softies at heart?

We all know that many successful baby boomer (and up) musicians have been influenced by older musicians that many of us young whippersnappers have never heard of.  One of those was blues guitarist, Hubert Sumlin, who was listed as number 43 in the Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and who died a few days ago at the age of 80. 

Now I'm not particularly a music aficionado and I have to confess that I'd never heard of Hubert, but I just read on a forum that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are paying for his funeral as a way of expressing the gratitude that they feel for him, his life and talent.  How cool is that?