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Blooming Boomers' Beacon, Issue #004 -- Love
February 01, 2019

It's February - love is in the air

Not only is February National Heart Month, it also has Valentine's Day right in the middle.

What a great opportunity. We can celebrate and promote healthy hearts - the better to love you. And we can shower those we love with gifts and verbal expressions of our devotion.

The Beatles told us "Love is all you need."

Hal David and Burt Bacharach declared "What the world needs now is love."

Stevie Wonder "Just called to say I love you."

Perhaps they were onto something important all those years ago!

Do the people in your life know how much you love and appreciate them? Have you told your grandchildren - or children - lately that they are truly and unconditionally loved? That they light up your life?

Try reaching out and let them know.

And have you sufficiently loved yourself? Lucille Ball once wisely said: “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Let's use this month to love and be loved as much as humanly possible!

News Baby Boomers can use

A study published in November concluded that genes don’t influence longevity as much as previously thought - no more than 7 percent. The rest is a combination of lifestyle and environment. Aging well.

The world is a rough place. It’s even rougher if you allow it to get to you. How you respond to the stresses, the unfairness, the perceived injustices etc. can have serious long term and short-term effects on your health and enjoyment of life. Positive thinking.

While finances are a very real concern for Boomers, there are many older workers creating second careers because they value staying connected. Keep working.

It's important to develop a healthy relationship to aging. Makes life a lot easier and certainly beats the alternative. Embrace aging.

If you love walnuts, you're in luck. They have a number of healthy benefits from the heart to the brain. Walnuts.

Tips from

Real friends are important to our health and well-being. They make a huge difference in the quality of our lives and help us flourish. Friends.

Pets are good for what ails you. They help lower our blood pressure and cholesterol, fight off depression and loneliness and help us enjoy a better quality of life. Pets.

Holding grudges robs us of all vitality and joy. It’s downright impossible to have a life of gusto when you’re harboring grievances against others. Try forgiving.

Celebrity Boomers milestones

Former Vice President Dan Quayle turns 72 on Feb. 4

Singer/songwriter Alice Cooper (Vincent Damon Furnier) turns 71 on Feb. 4

Singer/songwriter Garth Brooks turns 57 on Feb. 7

Comedian Arsenio Hall turns 63 on Feb. 12

Basketball star Michael Jordan turns 56 on Feb. 17

Actor John Travolta turns 65 on Feb. 18

Heiress Patty Hearst turns 65 on Feb. 20

Actress Tyne Daly turns 73 on Feb. 21

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