Unfortunately, Christmas isn't always chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. The commercialization and pressure of the season can sometimes be difficult to deal with. You've got reason enough to take a little break from the festivities. Studies have shown that volunteering helps people feel more connected to their communities and useful to society.

Grandkids are absolute treasures, and one of the biggest pleasures in life, but they can entail some tough work. We totally cherish it when they come over and the chance to spend precious time with them – less so all the cleaning that needs to be done before, during and after their visits. Here’s how to have maximum fun with minimum clean up!

Moving is stressful at any age.  As a matter of fact, it is ranked 3rd on the list of life stressors, after death and divorce. So it's not surprising that many empty-nesters who might otherwise consider downsizing and moving would feel overwhelmed by the prospect.  While they would really like to move to something more manageable, they don't know where to begin. Their biggest worry is "what am I going to do with all my stuff?"

Believe it or not, having life adventures is not in the exclusive realm of eccentric billionaires and jet-setting entrepreneurs. Life adventures don’t even require a lot of time, so you don’t need to quit your job or cash in sick days. Having adventures is more about attitude and a skill rather than resources.

It's autumn. Pumpkins glow in golden fields. Shorter days and crisp mornings signal winter's approach. Can the holidays be far behind? Use autumn's brisk and breezy days to wrap up summer's outdoor lifestyle and to conquer deep-cleaning chores for a clean and comfortable winter home.

If you're over 50 and have recently found that your diary is empty, you are not alone. Many people reach their half-century milestone and find life is less full than they would like it to be. Perhaps children have grown up and flown the nest, or you've recently been bereaved or divorced. Suddenly it can seem like old friends and familiar faces from the past have vanished. Here are some tips for making new friends if you're over 50.

Certain trips are better when you’re young and spry, but most vacations can wait until later in life when you really have the time to enjoy them. Some destinations can become even more enjoyable when you share them with kids and grandkids who are old enough to appreciate them. Whether you’re retired or not, or traveling with family or alone, there’s something to be said for stretching the dollaras far as possible so you can travel for longer.