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L is for Leaving Loneliness Behind

“Loneliness is one of the most painful emotional experiences of the human condition”.  ─ Henegar Counseling Center. Studies show loneliness significantly increases the rate of death and physical ailments. And, as we age loneliness will impact our lives more and more. Our children will grow and start their careers and independent lives, our companions may […]

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I is for: Inequality In Marriages

    Traditional gender roles and responsibilities in marriages are changing, and today’s couples have to navigate this new reality. For decades, women’s labor force participation and educational achievements have risen significantly. In the 1950’s only 26 percent of married women worked outside the home growing to 67 percent by the mid-eighties.  The Pew Research […]

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G is for Gratitude – Utilize this Powerful Tool for a Happy Life

Recent studies in positive psychology show gratitude to be consistently associated with greater happiness. What exactly is gratitude? Gratitude is a feeling of joy that comes from appreciation. When we practice gratitude on a daily basis, we begin to concentrate on the positive and avoid dwelling on the negative aspects of life. Research by UC […]

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D is for a Difference in Views Doesn’t Have to Divide Us

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” – Elisabeth Foley I recently had the pleasure of visiting with a lifelong friend. She and I have known each other since childhood, and always seem to be able to pick up where we left off.  Time and time […]

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A to Z Guide for “Awe”some Living!

It is easy to get lost in our busy, fretful, demanding lives. Taking time to notice the little things can change the way we look at our day. Learn how to take care of YOU on a daily basis. Try something new, let go of past pain and begin to enjoy your awesome future. Accept […]

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Z is for Having a Zestful Life!

Zest is about having energy, excitement or feeling alive. It goes hand in hand with happiness and optimism. “Zestful” living can be obtained by learning how to utilize your strengths and overcome fears and doubts so that your life may be lived to the fullest. Zest is found in character strength, and in pursuing life […]

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Y is for Yahoo You’re Fifty – time to take a good look at your finances

It’s never too late! Start right now, live within your means and secure your financial future. Don’t let today’s marketing campaigns lead you down a materialistic path. Find your happiness in things that fit your budget or that cost nothing at all; this alone could be the solution to many of your financial woes. Don’t […]

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V is for Various Tax Breaks for those over 50

  Turning 50 opens you up to a new world of tax breaks, and after you turn 65, you can qualify for even more tax advantages. Let’s look at some ways to save money on taxes as you age. IRA deductions – at age 50 you now qualify for an additional contribution of $1,000 to […]

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S is for Start the New Year with a Spark and Ignite a New Practice

  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi When we “spark an interest” in a new skill or bright idea we “light a fire” in our lives and our brains.  Seriously, it’s true a new skill helps provide us with joy, purpose, energy, […]

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Q is for the Quality of Spending during the Holidays

  We all want to enjoy the holidays and partake in festivities like; decorating, shopping for gifts, hosting holiday parties and going to holiday shows, but all of this may present a challenge to our finances. Most of us cherish the hustle and bustle of the season but overspending and trying to handle money stress […]

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