Watkins said she got through the day by having a sense of humor.
"You can't take yourself too seriously," she said. "Life is too short. ... I'm very lucky to have positive people in my life."
USA Today's Sheehy made these suggestions to up the happy time in a woman's life and help them live longer.
Get a circle of care. Sheehy calls this "carpooling" the stress in everyone's lives where relatives or friends pitch in to help each other with child or parental obligations.
Have fun. For at least one hour every day, do something that brings you pleasure.