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The Third Third Language Challenge: Why Use “Third Third”?

I like “third third” because it’s fairly neutral. It divides life into three chronological segments without specifying exactly what they are. Third third suggests…

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The Third Third Language Challenge: Are You Part of a Natural Disaster?

Why refer to the aging population as a silver or gray tsunami? Of course, the color has to do with what happens to the…

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The Third Third Language Challenge: Are You Part of Monster?

Is it helpful to refer to a group of human beings as a monster? Is it even moral to do so? Or does it…

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The Third Third Language Challenge: Are You Old? Or a Perennial?

On the term “perennials,” Barbara Cartensen says, “The symbolism it connotes is perfect. For one, ‘perennials’ makes clear that we’re still here, blossoming again…

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One More Gratitude Exercise

Today I’d like to recommend an additional gratitude exercise. This is something that has meant a lot in my life. I expect it will…

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A Second Gratitude Experiment

The experiment comes from the seminal work of Martin Seligman. He has done it with many different people and carefully recorded its benefits. Many…

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A Gratitude Experiment

Here is one common gratitude experiment you can try. The positive effect of this exercise has been demonstrated in dozens of research efforts throughout…

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Gratitude and Lifelong Fourishing

There’s little question that gratitude makes a major, positive difference in our lives. I expect that most of us know this from our own…

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Flourishing in the Third Third of Life: A New Initiative of the De Pree Center

We will help people flourish in the third third by providing resources and experiences to help them live according to Christian wisdom. We will…

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“The Secret to Aging Well? Contentment” – Some Reflections

What allows folks to age well, even when struggling with physical challenges? Goldfarb’s answer: “If there is one characteristic common to friends who are…

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An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: A Review of a New Book by Jeff Haanen

An Uncommon Guide to Retirement recognizes that we’re in a time of crisis and opportunity. The crisis has to do with the fact that…

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Flourishing in the Third Third of Life: The Promise of Psalm 92

So, for those of us who are in the third third of life, or who are soon to enter it, Psalm 92 offers extraordinary…

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We Need a Biblical Vision for Flourishing in the Third Third of Life

The Bible underscores in multiple ways the potential of older adults to contribute to God’s work in both creative and redemptive ways. Though God…

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