We love our children. We want to support them and watch them grow into stable, happy adults. But sometimes adulthood gets stalled, financially. It’s a normal part of the foray into adulthood; high rent, low pay, high debt, low expendable cash. For your adult children, the trouble with starting out isn’t just learning to manage that paycheck, but to...Read More
If you want to invest the time and money to keep your hair colored and cut regularly to cover the gray, then go for it. However, if you know you can’t be bothered seeing your colorist for two hours every 5 weeks, then you should think about going gray. If you’ve decided you are ready to embrace your gray like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, or J...Read More
One size doesn’t always fit all, especially when it comes to retirement advice. In fact, some of the most time-honored rules of thumb for managing your finances after the end of your primary working years may not make sense in your specific situation. On the other hand, they might make perfect sense. As is usually the case, whether retirement...Read More
Along the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico lie some of the nicest places to retire. And we’re not talking about the west coast of Florida or the panhandle, but rather… Alabama! Many people forget that this state has its own share of white-sand beaches and charming towns lining the Gulf Coast, and they make for fabulous places to retire. Here...Read More
If you and your spouse are retired or about to retire, perhaps you’re wondering what this next stage of your lives together will be like. It’s not uncommon for couples in their 60s to start considering moving to a retirement community. What’s that going to be like? And more specifically, how will such a move impact your marriage? Surprisingly, man...Read More
It’s time to upgrade your wardrobe. There’s just one problem: no room in your closet! In the name of fashion, it’s time to take a good, honest look at what’s in there. Downsizing is an important step in your pre- or post-retirement journey. In your quest to downsize, it’s helpful to know how to objectively assess the items you have. Everyone has pi...Read More
You can't help it; sometimes, you just get a bad feeling about someone that's hard to shake. So, what's happening in your brain when you make that critical (and often lasting) first judgment? Peter Mende-Siedlecki shares the social psychology of first impressions -- and why they may indicate that, deep down, people are basically good.
When you hear the word “strong,” what comes first to your mind? Do you imagine Dwayne Johnson lifting weights? Or weather hazards, like a snow blizzard? Strong can seem intimidating when we associate it with physical force, size, and shape. But, what about the more subtle signs of strong that happen internally?
Why do we constantly make unhealthy choices even when we know we should do better? The real problem in making all these seemingly small decisions is this: small decisions made over and over again lead to decision fatigue, and the last thing you want when faced with a complex choice is to be so tired that you can’t even think straight.