Get Out of the Waiting Room

The most difficult changes to navigate are the ones that we do not choose—the surprises that interrupt our lives and best laid plans.   The pandemic certainly fits into this “unwelcome” category.  It not only threatens our lives, it has fundamentally changed how we operate in our homes, work environments, schools, and places of worship.  It has also changed how we interact, recreate, and socialize. (more…)

Increasing Happiness is a Matter of Intention

For many years, the prevailing theory was that individuals have a genetically determined happiness set point.

In other words, scientists believed that each person could temporarily experience more happiness (depending on circumstances, relationships, and life events), but would then slide back to his or her “pre-programmed” set point. In fact, less than two decades ago, one researcher was quoted as saying, “It may be that trying to be happier is as futile as trying to be taller.” (more…)

How to Craft a More Fulfilling Vacation

By Tim Maurer, CFP®

With the back-to-school chaos behind us, the year’s end and the recurring planning topics that correspond with those boxes on the calendar—tax and retirement planning, and especially charitable giving—start coming into sharper focus. (more…)

Leisure & Life Satisfaction

“In the same way that
 a good Wall Street investment appreciates in value, you want your investments of time and energy to offer high yields. They should make you feel good — happy, 
satisfied, energized, or relaxed.”

Marc Eisenson, Gerri Detweiler, & Nancy Castleman
Invest in Yourself: Six Secrets to a Rich Life (more…)

Increasing Long-Term Happiness

For many years, the prevailing theory was that individuals have a genetically determined happiness set point.

In other words, scientists believed that each person could temporarily experience more happiness (depending on circumstances, relationships, and life events), but would then slide back to his or her “pre-programmed” set point.  In fact, less than two decades ago, one researcher was quoted as saying, “It may be that trying to be happier is as futile as trying to be taller.” (more…)

Buying Ourselves the Gift of Time

Most adults are increasingly experiencing a time crunch.  The result is mounting stress and compromised health and vitality.  And yet, despite their best efforts, many individuals express frustration about not being able to bring tasks to completion or having enough time to focus on what or who is most important to them.

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