Life Values

Where Is Dad’s Money?

Imagine if, sadly, Dad dies or becomes incapacitated. You’re in charge of handling all his financial affairs, from managing his investments to putting income sources in place for Mom. There’s just one problem: He was an old-school guy who never consolidated his assets or set up online accounts. Also, it appears he worked with different…

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The Theory of Longevity

The factors determining how and when one dies often remain a mystery. Consider comedian George Burns who, despite being an avid cigar smoker for 75 years, lived to age 100. In the continued study of longevity, researchers have uncovered another startling statistic: Holocaust survivors lived 7.1 years longer on average than their contemporaries who were…

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The Art of Being Happy

When are we happiest? A new study by the Resolution Foundation reveals that the two ages when people tend to be their happiest are 16 and 70.1 This makes sense when you think about it. Sixteen is often the first time children get a taste of independence — they’re old enough to drive and yet…

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The Sweet Benefits of Health Food Trends

When Lessie Brown, a 114-year-old woman from Ohio, passed away in January, her family attributed her longevity to the fact that she ate a sweet potato nearly every day until she was well past 100.1 All potatoes are packed with nutrition, but the more colorful the potato, the better. Varieties of orange, yellow and purple…

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Cultural Influences From Abroad

They say variety is the spice of life. A variety of cultural experiences may even contribute to a longer life and cognitive sharpness. A new study links cultural activities, including exposure to other languages, as a strong influence in the way we learn, amass and assimilate new information.1 Some cultural influences may well impact longer…

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Simplify Your Life

Life has its highs and lows. Sometimes when we go for a long stretch — everybody in the family is healthy, finances are on track, you’re enjoying yourself — we get that nagging feeling that our good fortune just can’t last. Often, that’s true. There’s inevitably a repair needed on your car, an appliance breaks…

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Mature Roomies "Return of the Golden Girls"

During the late 1980s, the television sitcom “The Golden Girls” enjoyed a seven-year run that resonated with Americans. The main characters consisted of a mature woman, her retired mother and two close female friends all living under one roof. This practical living arrangement enabled both the sharing of expenses and having friends to talk to…

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New Year a Good Time for New Approach

We frequently resolve to reinvent ourselves in the new year — exercise more, eat healthier, read more or save more. This concept of reinvention carries over to several aspects of the financial world as well, both personally and in businesses. At a certain age, it’s common for people to put their materialistic desires behind them…

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