life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersI’m so excited that actress Goldie Hawn is one of  the keynote speakers at the 2013 Virtua Women’s Health Symposium at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 2.  I am attending  as one of Virtua Hospital’s guest bloggers so you’ll be sure to get the scoop on what she says in one of my follow-up blog posts.

I saw Goldie on the Katie Show a few months ago. She impressed me with her efforts on behalf of The Hawn Foundation, which focuses on helping children lead happier lives through positive psychology and mindfulness.

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Goldie Hawn is a keynote at the Virtua Women’s Health Symposium on November 2.

Goldie, who at 67 years old looks absolutely amazing, shared some useful ways to ‘de-stress your life’ during her talk with Katie Couric:

– Goldie said that “acknowledging what stresses you out is a first step to de-stress.”

– Goldie likes to wear the scent of jasmine. (So do I. So do I. So do I.) Goldie said that “aroma therapy activates the brain and jasimine is a ‘high’ scent – it makes people happy when they smell it.” (Ooh, ooh, ooh, now I know why I like jasmine so much.)

– Goldie recommended using visual boards to remind yourself of what makes you happy. She and Katie put together a board of fun pictures that make them happy. Goldie’s board included a laughing baby, violets and a dancer (she used to be a dancer when she was younger.)

– Goldie said that “gratitude can help you live a longer life.” (Hmm, hmm, hmm, I’m definitely more grateful during my life after 50. I spoke about gratitude during my presentation at the PRSA Conference in Dallas last week.) Goldie recommended that you find a stone and rub it daily. While you’re rubbing it ask yourself what you are grateful for.

Do you want to see Goldie Hawn at the Virtua Conference?

If you live in the Delaware Valley (NJ, PA, DE) you can register to attend via Evite and the fee is only $60 for the day-long program. In addition to Goldie Hawn, John Gray, author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus?,” is a keynote speaker. (Did you read John’s book in the early 90s? I did. Do you remember what it said? I don’t. Looking forward to hearing what John has to say now that it is 2013 not 1992.)

Hope to see those of you who live nearby at the Virtua Women’s Health Symposium next month. Meantime, stay healthy!