Your Mission: Designing a Purposeful Life

When individuals set goals that are especially meaningful to them, they experience a sense of mission. They feel enthusiasm for the tasks that lie ahead and for what they intend to accomplish. At every stage of life, having a mission gives them a reason to get up in the morning, a reason to bounce back from setbacks, and a reason to explore their potential. (more…)

The Role of “Work” in Retirement

The concept of retirement is undergoing a metamorphosis.  Demographic, societal, and workplace trends have all converged to offer a stage of life that is much more fluid and flexible than what most of us previously imagined.  In fact, retirement has become a matter of personal definition. (more…)

“Anytime” Resolutions

The tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions goes all the way back to ancient Rome.  In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar developed a new calendar and named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and endings.  Janus has always been depicted with two faces—one on the back of his head that allowed him to look behind and one on the front of his head that allowed him to look ahead. (more…)

Tools to Help Realize Your Year-End Charitable Giving Goals

Guest post by Jada Diedrich

As we enter the holiday season, we often feel compelled to evaluate, and frequently to increase, our charitable giving. This time of year, specifically, seems geared toward reminding us that giving to others can be personally fulfilling in a multitude of ways. In many cases, our deepest values guide us to give back to our communities, contributing to the causes that we hold most dear and where we can make an impact. (more…)

Happy Money: The New Science of Smarter Spending

Recommended Reading

If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right! At least, that is the conclusion of researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, two rising stars in of the world of behavioral science.

In Happy Money, Dunn and Norton provide an engaging and often entertaining tour of the latest research that shows, from the standpoint of personal well-being, how we can get the biggest bang for our bucks. (more…)