Life Lessons

I like hearing what other seniors have to say about the stage of life they are in. I think it’s important to know that most of us have the same challenges, at one time, or another. I guess it’s all about attitude. Here are some thoughts on that.

From a 70 year old

From an 80 year old

From a 92 year old

From 100 year olds

Say Hello To Buycott

I had a big awakening today. I found out that a product I have been using for years, is owned by a very destructive #metoo man, I have no respect for. The minute I found out, I stopped buying the product.

I told a few friends about the incident. One of my pals then told me that I needed to use Buycott. It’s an app that let’s you scan the barcode of any package. It could be on a bottle of soap, or a cereal box, or even a tomato. Once you do that, you can find out information about the company that produces it.

It’s wonderful to be able to have real-time information about the standards or background of a company. It gives you the power you need to make the right decisions. Read more about Buycott here.


Why a Bad Mood May be Good for You

Diane Dahli

( Diane Dahli has been a faithful and loyal reader of DigiDame for many years. Thank you Diane. Diane is also a blogger. She wrote a post about mood swings that I wanted to share with you. It’s fascinating. I feel it’s very relevant for people our age.)

On some days, even perfect ones like today, when everything is fine in my world, I’ve been known to suddenly experience what I can only describe as a bad mood. I don’t obsess about it, or even question it. A wave of sadness appears out of nowhere, and usually, if I practice gratitude for a few minutes, it melts away. Even anger, (which momentarily appears as irritation with small things that can go wrong in life), doesn’t linger for long, and can be dispersed with a few philosophical thoughts.

Dealing with my emotions has become part of my everyday existence, and I accept this as proof that I am vitally alive and responsive to life’s situations.

We all have the capacity to experience a bad mood, or to be more specific, the full range of emotions—happiness, sadness, joy, anger, envy, resentment—it’s what makes us human. Most people go through life on an emotional even keel, feeling basically happy most days, and reserving the deeper emotions for specific situations. But some people are more expressive, and feel things more keenly. It doesn’t mean they are unbalanced, or disturbed or deficient in any way. It’s just that their feelings seem to be more accessible, and closer to the surface.

Who knew that a bad mood can be good for us?

In fact, psychologists claim that all emotions, even negative ones, such as fear, anger, shame or disgust, are useful to us. They stem from ancient, primordial instincts, which help us recognize, and avoid dangerous situations.

Mild, temporary bad moods help us cope with everyday challenges and alert us to issues in our lives that need to be addressed.

Having always felt that bad moods are undesirable, I was surprised to learn that, according to some studies, the following benefits, among others, can occur as a result of experiencing a bad mood:

better memory: A bad mood has been known to focus the memory, so that details are sharper, particularly in the case of eyewitness accounts. By being less distracted during an event, evidently, people who are in a bad mood can weed out irrelevant information and recall these details more accurately.

more motivation: It’s no surprise to me that people who are ‘driven’, and possibly angry, try harder and persevere more when performing a task. This drive may come from a need to prove something—a desire a more happy, complacent person may not have.

better communication has been indicated by subjects who are in a bad mood.

more accurate judgments were made by subjects in a bad mood, who relied less on stereotypes and rumors.

Seeing someone in a bad mood makes people uncomfortable

So if feeling bad is not bad for us, and may even be beneficial, why is our society so consumed with the need to be happy at all times? Why does seeing someone in a bad mood—expressing sadness, anger or distress—become a cause for concern?

In our culture, unhappiness is looked upon as an illness. People who are ’emotional’ are considered sick in some way, and in need of therapy. Teenagers, particularly, in their period of emotional development, are understandably unstable, and  not necessarily in need of ‘help’. Older people, experiencing natural feelings of loss or sadness are sometimes too hastily considered risks for dementia or worse.

I agree with the current studies that we have emotions for a reason, that they may be ultimately beneficial and necessary to our existence. I would add that it is important to acknowledge them, and to allow ourselves to experience them. Denying our feelings has become an outcome of the current “cult of happiness” in our culture. It is not natural, and it is not healthy.

I think that the issue here is not if and how we experience our emotions, but how we manage them.

Wellness coach and author Elizabeth Scott, discusses this in her February 12, 2018 article “How Negative Emotions Affect Us and How to Embrace Them”:

“The idea of “managing” negative emotions is a complex one. It doesn’t mean avoiding feeling them—avoidance coping is actually a form of coping that attempts to do this, and it can often backfire. It also doesn’t mean letting these negative emotions wreak havoc on your life, your relationships, and your stress levels. Unmanaged anger, for example, can compel us to destroy relationships if we allow it to.

…Managing negative emotions also means not allowing them to overrun us; we can keep them under control without denying that we are feeling them.”

There are many different ways to manage our emotions. As we grow up and grow older, we discover them, usually without professional help.

The Boy Toy Tycoon

You probably never heard of the six year old boy who has attracted billions and billions of eyeballs on YouTube. He is simply known as Ryan because he is so young. His YouTube channel is called Ryan ToysReview and children love to watch him play with toys and review them.

Ask your children, or grandchildren, if they know Ryan. You can tell them the big news. Ryan just accomplished another great feat. Walmart has just given Ryan his own toy line. He is now known as the Boy Toy Tycoon.

The Ryan’s World toys will be sold exclusively at more than 2,500 Walmart stores in the United States and on the website.

Ryan is a social media wonderment.

If You Want To Know Who Q Is

I know that I shouldn’t get political on my blog, but this was just too good to pass up. So many readers have asked me to explain who, or what, Q is. This video is going to give you all the answers.

As far as I am concerned, this segment is an Emmy award winner. I’m more amazed about how well it was done every time I view it.

If you don’t agree, that’s your prerogative. For those who do, please pass this along to family and friends. Thank you.

Off The Screen Games

Steve Greenberg, the Innovation Insider, is currently appearing on TV shows around the country demonstrating educational toys for children. What is so great about these toys is that they make your children use their imagination and don’t require time on smartphones. These toys teach “STEAM.” Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

I’m ready to buy some of these toys for children I know. I would love them to play with products that allow them to go into a zone filled with fantasy and happy thoughts.

I hope you watch these TV segments to see that, in the world of digital appliances, there are plenty of creative alternatives to offer children.

Minneapolis FOX – The Jason Show

Chicago WCIU – The Jam

Houston CBS

Wake Up Twitter

Thank you Kara Swisher for your opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday. Swisher is one of the most respected tech business journalists in the world. Today she questioned Twitter’s motive to keep publishing the tweets of Alex Jones, an American radio show host and conspiracy theorist.

In her own words, “Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify and most other major internet distributors banished Alex Jones, either permanently or for some unspecified star-chamber-determined amount of time, for hate speech and other violations.

“But not Twitter. Instead, Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, founder and tweet inventor himself, took to his own platform to explain in the high-minded tone that one takes with small children that Mr. Jones wasn’t suspended from Twitter because he “hasn’t violated our rules.”

Swisher finds this inexcusable. She took time out of her busy schedule to challenge Dorsey on his decision. She just can’t sit back and let Twitter give any sort of credibility to a guy who claims the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, and accuses the U.S. government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11th Twin Tower attacks.

Read what she has to say.

Click here.

An Old Favorite Is Back

If you enjoyed playing with the Rubik’s Cube, you are going to love the GoCube. It’s a high tech version of the classic with all the features you would expect in a digital unit.

GoCube recently raised a million dollars on Kickstarter. That’s no surprise considering that 350 million of the original units sold worldwide. It was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a sculptor and professor in Budapest.

The new electronic unit was created by Particula, an Israel based company. GoCube looks like the original but is so much more. It features a companion app which offers the opportunity for one-on-one or multiple competitions. The app will show you how to solve certain configurations and give you different challenge levels. The Rubik Cube experts get to check their timing in order to beat past records.

All this for $69 online and $119 at retail. Fast Company did a nice job writing about the GoCube. See the project on Kickstarter.

DigiDame Frequency

If you didn’t receive DigiDame by email yesterday, here it is. I have no idea why it wasn’t distributed by WordPress, my blog website. I don’t know if this post will be emailed either. My fingers are crossed. I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I may not write a DigiDame post everyday from now on. It’s going to be difficult for me to stop, but I think it’s time for me to write other materials. Time will tell.

My dear friend Lillian died two days ago. This is what her daughter Arlene (Gail) posted on Facebook yesterday. Lillian and I spoke for one hour three weeks ago. She lived in Vegas. I had no clue that she would leave us soon after. We will miss you Lillian. You and Harold were mentors and we were your fan club.

Sky Inspirations On Facebook

Wynwood Miami mural, featuring Marjory Stoneman Douglas victim Joaquin Oliver, calls for action on gun violence.