THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
My uncle had me help him fix his computer. He was having some issues that were pretty easy to fix. While I was there he mentioned that he is starting to do some online dating. My aunt passed away a few years ago. I was excited to hear that he was going to take this next step, but then he was telling me about some of the things he's finding online and I'm concerned for him. He does not have any children and I'm about the only family he really has left. He was telling me about some of the ladies he talked to from other states and a few from other countries. I told him about online scams and asked him not to send anyone any money or give them any more information than you'd give to a complete stranger, because they really are strangers. I gave him some ideas on how to meet people locally and even had a conversation about “what it's like out there now”. He was married for about 40 years. I can only imagine how different this all is for him. I think he may have been a little offended by how I talked to him, but my “mother senses” kicked in and took over. Before I knew it I was basically having the birds and bees conversation with my 65 year old uncle. Do you think I went too far? I wonder if I should apologize for prying into his business? I just want to make sure he's not a victim of some scam. Any ideas?
Signed – Nice Niece
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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is coming to an end. The daytime show announced that after 19 seasons, the final episode will air May 26. Through the years, 64-year-old Ellen has hosted over 4,000 guests, and distributed nearly half a billion dollars in giveaways. In a statement, the show said that on the final episode, “The lineup of special guests will pay tribute to the trailblazing host and share their favorite memories from DeGeneres’ 19 iconic seasons.” DeGeneres announced in May 2021 that she will be ending her long-running talk show this year.
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SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN WAYS TO STAY HAPPY:
✓ Exercise more: You knew we were going there. Exercising releases good mood endorphins so you are always happier after a workout or a simple nice walk to the store.
✓ Positive thinking: It raises energy levels, creativity and productivity by as much as 30%.
✓ Treasure experiences: Spending on experiences provides longer lasting happiness than spending on possessions.
✓ Write it down: Feeling and thinking about why you are grateful helps stave off negative thoughts. Keep a journal . . . or use social media if you like (God knows we could use some positivity there!).
✓ Practice mindfulness: Concentrate and pay full attention to the present moment and accept it in a non-judgmental way. This can boost mood, reduce stress levels, and lead to a better quality of life.
✓ Beauty sleep: When you don’t get enough sleep, negativity takes over big time.
✓ Help others: Research shows that when we dedicate a little time or money to helping others, it has a significant effect on our own happiness.
on strengths: Whether you are curious, open-minded or brave, use
those traits to improve your life and that of others, rather than
dwelling on weaknesses. Realizing our full potential is one of the
best ways to find happiness . . . and to make the world a better
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