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Blogging Boomers Carnival #243

Blogging boomers carnivalOnce again, it's my very great pleasure to host the Blogging Boomers Carnival - a band of bloggers dedicated to Baby Boomers interests and issues.

Let's kick off with John Agno at SoBabyBoomer who reports: "As America's Baby Boomers grow older and creakier, some companies are trying to keep those with hard-to-replace skills fit enough to remain on the job."

What is the most important ingredient in a happy marriage?  Laura Lee, the Midlife Crisis Queen, says a great friendship!

The Accidental Locavore wonders why there are certain traits organic and natural food restaurants share. Why do they make you painfully aware that you're eating healthy?

The arrival of the local newspaper got Tom Sightings thinking about some of the economic myths that survive as part of the general conversation, year after year, and that are particularly prevalent during the election cycle. Some of them are only partially false; others are entirely false; but all of them distort our thinking about our economic lives.

And from me, there's a link to a short video that shows that you don't need to be human to have fun in the snow.

The 12 secrets of being happy

In his new book, The World Book Of Happiness, Leo Bormans has drawn together the research and discoveries of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of happiness to unlock the secrets of happy people.

If you want the quick version, here's what you need to do:

 1.   Accept what you have
 2.   Enjoy what you do
 3.   Live for today
 4.   Choose happiness (exercise your freedom to choose)
 5.   Look after your relationships
 6.   Stay busy
 7.   Don't compare yourself to anyone else
 8.   Be yourself
 9.   Stop worrying
10.  Get organised
11.  Think postive
12.  Value your happiness

If you want to find out more, here's the link.

A room of one's own?

Want to know the secret of marital bliss?  Separate beds!  Or even separate bedrooms.

Apparently, more and more couples are opting to sleep apart and, rather than signifying the end of their relationship, many of them are happier than ever (and, in case you were wondering, their sex lives are very much on track!)  Find out more.

Do you have a housing plan for your retirement?

When it comes to where we'll live in our later years, we can, apparently, be divided into two categories -'planners' and 'reactors'.  Planners tend to be in control of their move whilst reactors are forced to move because of family or health issues. 

An academic study carried out by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research found that there are definite advantages to being a planner - which include choice, control and gains in home equity.  Find out more.