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8 Financial Rules All Happily Married Couples Follow

#8 You Don’t Have to Share Everything (But Don’t Keep Secrets)<p>Would you rather admit to an affair or tell your spouse that you had a bank account …

Personal Finance

If you’re too busy for these 5 things, your life is more off-course than you think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

Self-improvement

Brain Scans of Transgender Youth Could Put an End to Gender Dysphoria

Brain imaging could change everything for transgender youth.<p>Approximately 1.4 million Americans are transgender. Despite scientific evidence to the …

LGBTQI

Your Career Depends On Split-Second Decisions People Make About Your Appearance

You gotta love any conference speaker who begins her mid-afternoon session with a challenge to uncover your own unconscious workplace biases. That’s …

Business Development

10 Surprising (or Surprisingly Common) Estate Planning Mistakes

When it comes to wills, as a financial planner, I’ve seen a lot of sad, unfortunate or just plain weird things happen over the years. Poor estate …

Retirement

Warren Buffett Says if You Hire Somebody Without This Trait, 'You Really Want Them to Be Dumb and Lazy'

No, it's not intelligence. But it should be a non-negotiable in building strong teams and companies.<p>Billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett has been dazzling us with wisdom for nearly half a century.<p>As one of the most successful value investors in the world, the Oracle of Omaha …

Self-improvement

A Tax-Free Retirement Strategy In Trump's New Tax Plan

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act creates an opportunity for retirees to pay attention to the new rules in effect, now that the tax filing deadline has passed and most accountants have more time to create a tax road map with all the financial accounts. The goal of creating a tax road map is to determine …

Retirement

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Almost half of US families can't afford basics like rent and food

The economy may be chugging along, but many Americans are still struggling to afford a basic middle class life.<p>Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study …

Demographics

How Does Observational Learning Actually Work?

Learning is a remarkably complex process that is influenced by a wide variety of factors. As most parents are probably very much aware, observation …

Psychology

Why we care whether everyone heard ‘laurel’ or ‘yanny’

Earlier this week, the internet erupted around a new obsession tailor-made to go viral. It started with a one-word snippet of recorded audio that had actually been circling the web for awhile, but unclear pronunciation made it an aural Rorschach. The question 'Do you hear 'laurel' or 'yanny?'' …

Internet

Mother's Day: Why You Should Call Your Mom, According to Science

Research shows it's good for you.<p>Many moms will be getting flowers, gifts, and maybe even a phone call this Mother’s Day. If you notice a change in …

Psychology

The surprising reason your kid is acting defiant and difficult

My son was 6-years-old.<p>He was reading chapter books and could string together a story about the Pokemon sitting on his shoulder who didn’t need a seatbelt because he could just fly into the air if we got into a collision—yes, he could use words like collision accurately—and he loved to learn and …

Parenting

Neuroscience shows listening to music has kind of the same effect as meditation

What do the Dalai Lama and a bass-music fanatic getting low at 3am at Burning Man have in common?<p>A surprising amount, actually.<p>From mood enhancement and relaxation to full-blown oneness with the cosmos, music has the ability to powerfully shift our state of mind. Meditation is not that different. …

Meditation

The 1 percent will always control the wealth—and here’s how they do it

I just finished reading a recent article complaining about the rich. The author was upset at the fact that 1 percent of the people controlled 82 …

Self-improvement

How to spot the signs of Alzheimer's in your friends and loved ones

It was revealed today that Dame Barbara Windsor has Alzheimer's. The EastEnders and Carry On actress's husband, Scott Mitchell, broke the news after growing rumours of her worsening health.<p>Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, and the symptoms have gradually deteriorated. "Since her 80th …

Dementia

A study of 7,000 workers showed the standout trait of productive people can easily be learned

When I think about productivity, I typically think about in-the-moment productivity: how to avoid getting sucked into your inbox during focused work, how to curb perfectionistic impulses while writing.<p>But a better way to conceptualize productivity, I've learned, is to consider about the work that …

Self-improvement

What Is the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique?

The 4-7-8 breathing technique is a breathing pattern developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. It’s based on an ancient yogic technique called pranayama, which …

Meditation

How to Replace Income With a Bond Ladder

Find out how you can boost your investment income with this simple strategy.<p>The biggest challenge that retirees face at the end of their careers is …

Retirement

The 6 Retirement Savings Tips for 45- to 54-Year-Olds

The 45- to 50-year-old age range is probably one of the most challenging to plan for on a general scale, as it includes individuals who are just …

Retirement

How to Retire Rich: 3 Smart Steps at Ages 40-55

Maneuver to stay on track. It’s a balancing act to pay for college and keep saving. By now, you’ve probably amassed a decent sum in your retirement …

Retirement

This Best-Selling Leadership Expert Reveals the Simple Habits That Separate Successful People From Everyone Else

Before you lead others, you need to lead yourself. Here's how to do it best.<p>I recently caught up with Robb Holman over email to talk about his intriguing bestseller, <i>Lead the Way.</i> Holman is an internationally recognized leadership expert, executive coach, keynote speaker, and CEO of Holman …

Leadership

3 Ways to Use Storytelling to Attract Your Audience

A well-told tale can communicate your brand's purpose and value -- and create loyal customers. Here are 3 ways to do it right.<p>Storytelling has a clear and essential value in marketing -- and no, it isn't simply meant to string customers along on some fantasy. Storytelling helps elucidate your …

Marketing

Mediterranean diet increases 'good' gut bacteria

The Mediterranean diet is considered by many people as one of the most healthful diets around, with countless studies claiming that it is good for …

Holistic Medicine

The great gut flora war: Why the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract matters

<b>(Getty/ChrisChrisW)</b><p>Well-functioning intestinal flora are key to staying healthy. Here’s why<p>Lina Nertby Aurell • Mia Clase<p>April 29, 2018 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted with permission from Food Pharmacy: A Guide to Gut Bacteria, Anti-Inflammatory Foods, and Eating for Health by Lina Aurell and Mia Clase. …

Wellness

DIY Tatami Style Platform Bed with Downloadable Plans

For the past several months my wife and I have been trying to decide on a good bed design for our eldest son, Vinny. I could have made a racecar or a …

The 10 things confident people won’t ever do

In <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i>, when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. …

Self-improvement

3 things that brought this woman back from Alzheimer’s

<b>Mom and son created an action plan for dementia; a year later and she's back to her old self.</b><p>Anyone who has experienced Alzheimer’s in a loved one …

This is what love does to your brain

“It’s really an addiction.”<p>What happens to your brain on love? Is there such a thing as “casual sex”? What do we get wrong about male and female sexuality?<p>These are a few of the questions I put to Helen Fisher in a recent interview.<p>Fisher is a biological anthropologist, the chief scientific adviser …

Relationships

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color

Just a few suggestions to start with.<p>As someone with very low tolerance for racist bullshit, I’ve managed to surround myself with white people who are cognizant of their privilege and strive to make the world a less terrifying and frustrating place for people of color. This means that I often deal …