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How to be happy Part 2: The hedonic treadmill

When I was in college, I rented my body to science so I could have enough money to buy groceries.  There was a medical testing facility not far from my apartment and they would pay you around $500 to check in on Friday, check out on Sunday and allow them to test some new wonder […]

thoughts on losing a loved one

Curate your life

One of the most important jobs at any museum is the Chief Curator.  It’s his or her job to use a discerning eye and a deep understanding of the museum’s mission to select works that are appropriate for the collection.  That is why you will see paintings by Pollock and Picasso at the Museum of […]

How (and why) to be a lifelong learner

Show me someone who loves to learn new things and I’ll show you someone who will most likely have an interesting, rewarding retirement.  Why is that?  Learning comes with a host of benefits like: It keeps your mind sharp It keeps you engaged with advances in society (Congrats to my mom on buying her first […]

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8 habits of successful retirees

Why is retirement exciting and fulfilling for some people and lonely and disappointing for others?  Below are 8 habits of successful retirees.  Use them to make the most out of your retirement. 1. Live with a sense of urgency.  Successful retirees don’t treat life as if it goes on forever.  They recognize that their time is limited […]


How (and why) to make a time budget for 2012

Happy New Year!  As in years past, 2012 brings with it 365 new days.  That’s 8,760 hours or 525,600 minutes.  You’ll have 52 Saturdays, 52 Sundays, 10 Federal holidays and most likely several weeks of vacation and sick time.  How will you spend all that time? If you’re still working, you’ll spend about 2,086 hours […]