Top Ten 2021 Blogs to Help Boomers Be Happier

How can you live your best life and be happier in 2022? I’m sharing 10  tips from Baby Boomer Bliss’ most popular articles in 2021 to help you do just that!

Aside from looking back at all the memories of last year – the ups and downs, achievements and disappointments – I usually check out my most popular blogs for the year. It’s always enlightening and helps me provide blogs on subjects that interest my readers.

This year, no surprise, some of my most popular articles had to do with staying positive, happy, and finding serenity. Weren’t we all searching for those things after a couple of years dealing with a pandemic?

So without further ado, here’s a list of my top ten blogs for 2021. Feel free to check them out!

#1: Five Ways to Become a Happy-Go-Lucky Person

This article makes the top of the list every year. Who doesn’t want to lighten up and find ways to become more carefree, cheerful, and have a more positive view of life? After coming through a pandemic, that’s more true than ever!

As I stated in the blog, “If you can become more of a happy-go-lucky person, I’d lay bets that you’ll find life more enjoyable and even more fulfilling.” To help you achieve that goal, I share five ways to get you started on the path of that devil-may-care attitude.

#2 Kathy Buckley: A Deaf Woman’s Inspiring Story

I love that this was the second most visited blog this year. If you want to learn how to be happy despite adversity, you must read about this amazing woman.

When Kathy Buckley was 20 years old, she was sunbathing on the beach when a 3,500-pound lifeguard jeep ran over her. Being hearing impaired, she couldn’t hear it coming. She was in a wheelchair for two and a half years and doctors told her that she might never walk again. Buckley jokes that she couldn’t hear the doctors, so she walked right out of there.

If you think that was the only challenge this woman faced, you’d be wrong. Other traumatic events in this woman’s life included a misdiagnosis of mental retardation, being sexually abused as a child, poverty and homelessness, and being stricken with cancer – all before the age of 30.

Just so you know, this story has a happy ending. Buckley went on to become a female comic, wrote an award-winning and critically acclaimed one-woman show based on her life, guest starred in Touched by An Angel, authored a book, and became a beloved motivational speaker in demand throughout the country. Read her story to see how you can live life with resilience, hope, courage, dignity – and a sense of humor – no matter what challenges you face.

#3 The Happiest Words in the English Language

As a writer, I’m in love with words. Words are powerful and sometimes even magical. Inspiring words can lift us up, bring joy, motivate us to do good, offer hope, heal, and excite us.

Using 10,000 of the most frequently used English words, researchers asked people to rate the happiness quotient of the words they encountered in books. In the end, they had this massive list of words ranked by happiness. The results? Check out my article to find out!

#4 Staying Positive Despite Problems

Admittedly, this wasn’t easy in 2021. The never-ending pandemic, the Capital riot, surging inflation – just to mention a few stressful events – made it a struggle to stay positive. Add to that, personal challenges and problems you may have faced and perhaps you felt stressed, upset, disappointed, powerless, angry, and/or depressed.

Even when some or even most other aspects of our lives are going well, we still tend to focus on things that go wrong. What can we do? Problems may make us feel powerless and defeated, but we can control our outlook. This blogs gives you three simple ways to help you have a positive outlook no matter what’s happening in your life.

#5 Five Anti-Aging Benefits of Matcha Tea

Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, but since it is made from the entire leaf, it packs in a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. The good news is that these powerful properties can help us baby boomers as we age.

Guest blogger Erin Young is a health food writer, tea expert, and partners with sustainable tea farms in Japan as owner of Evergreen Matcha in the U.S. and Zen Green Tea Matcha in Australia. She shared five ways this trendy tea can help us stay young.

#6 Golden Boys in Concert

Interested in a fun stroll down memory lane? I was asked to review 50’s heartthrob Bobby Rydell’s new autobiography which led to an interview for my blog. So, I was thrilled when his wife, Linda Hoffman (Rydell), was kind enough to send me two complimentary tickets and backstage passes for a Golden Boys concert starring former teen idols Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. Obviously, these guys still have a large fan base of boomers because every time they post my article on social media visits on my blog soar. 

# 7 9 Ways to Find Serenity in Nature

Didn’t we all come to appreciate being outdoors and enjoying nature during the pandemic? Something as simple as walking in a forest or meadow can be magical and awe-inspiring. Can’t you just feel the negativity draining out of you just thinking about it? Nature can improve our mental state, lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Need some simple ideas on how to get outdoors? Check out these 9 tips.

#8 What Are Your Life’s Happiest Moments?

If you look back on your life, which moments would you count as your happiest? What would be your biggest regrets?

That’s the intriguing question online auto insurance company Beagle Street asked 1000 “life experts” aged 70 or older. This survey marked the release of a new heartwarming, short four-minute film called “Happiest Moment.” What did the older generation say and would you agree with their answers? Check out this article to find out!

#9 Boomers Blamed for the Death of Emoji

So, did you miss the breaking news? Supposedly, the laugh cry emoji has become uncool and using it is a sure sign you’re old.

Of course, as with everything else, we boomers are being blamed for its demise. Jeremy Burge, the chief emoji officer of Emojipedia, recently wrote a blog post that said: “It’s common wisdom on TikTok that the laughing crying emoji is for boomers. And by boomers I mean anyone over the age of 35.”

If you want a chuckle, read my tongue-in-cheek blog on the subject.

#10 Baby Boomers Downsizing

My husband, Scott, and I downsized from a 3,000-square-foot home to a 400-square-foot casita almost two years ago. How did we feel about it?

You’ll have to read my article to find out! In addition, I provide reasons many boomers are choosing this path, the pros and cons, and tips for those of you who are considering taking the leap.

 

Hope these 10 tips help you find your bliss in 2022! Before I sign off for this year, a big thanks to my readers! I’m honored that my blog has had over 80,000 visits and was named as one of the top 100 boomer sites by Feedspot. If you enjoyed this article and would like to join my tribe of baby boomers to be the first to receive my latest blogs, be sure and subscribe. Sign up and you’ll receive a free copy of my book, 10 Secrets to Losing Weight After 50.

How do you plan to live your happiest life next year? I’d love to hear! Please share in the comments below.   Wishing you all the VERY best in 2022!

 

juliegorges

Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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5 Responses

  1. Cat Michaels says:

    Wow, Julie! I got a severe case of happy scanning your top 10 list. Hard to pick my fav but I really enjoyed your story about downsizing into your casita.

    BIG congrats on having over 80K viewers and making the top 100 list again. That’s brilliant and well-deserved! Right now, my happiest life would be for my family and friends to stay well as Evil Covid keeps spinning variants. Besides that, I’d be over the moon to finish and publish my new beachy rom com this summer and, of course, take many trips to the coast to do lots of research for it -:D.

  2. Wow Julie, these were a delight to read! Some I remember, but not the one on, Kathy Buckley. I want to watch more of her inspiring videos.
    Thanks for sharing all of these. I really enjoyed them!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. James Milson says:

    Wonderful information and love your approach to the post, sharing your Top Ten of the year. And I learned a new word — “Casita!” That’s always a good thing. Thanks, Julie! 🤠 🐻

  4. Rebecca Lyndsey says:

    Wonderful info that you are sharing, Julie. Great idea.

  5. Julie says:

    Ohhhh as a writer myself I just loved the happiest words ever blog post – thanks for that!

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