DEAR ABBY: I am a middle-aged man in my 40s. I have been married twice. Both marriages ended in divorce. I have a teen-age daughter from my first marriage.
Abby, I have not dated since my last marriage. It's not that I'm ugly; it's just that I was hurt very badly. I do not enjoy life, and I cannot seem to find happiness anywhere.
What can I do to live it up a little and find the happiness that I have been looking for? I don't need someone in my life to be happy, but my life is so routine -– I need a CHANGE. Any suggestions would be helpful. -– BORED IN ROANOKE, VA.
DEAR BORED: The best antidote for boredom is to do something for someone else. It's the front-door key to fulfillment!
Explore volunteer opportunities in your city. Look in the telephone directory under the heading of "Volunteer Services," join a service club, or make inquiries at your library, your local hospital or seniors' center.
Another suggestion: Take a vacation and visit someplace you have never been. Travel, even day trips, provides a stimulating change of scene.
Don't forget to tell your friends, neighbors and relatives that you are interested in meeting someone.
Try any or all of the above and you'll be on the road to the happiness you seek.