The Power of Framing in Money, Life

In a consumerist culture, happiness is closely associated with wealth. The more you earn, the more you can buy, the happier you will feel. Yet, there is a reason why studies show older adults are happier, and it’s not from accumulating massive levels of wealth. The secret is found in a quote attributed to RomanContinue reading “The Power of Framing in Money, Life”

What You Appreciate, Appreciates

A fundamental principle for growing wealth, love, happiness — everything — lives in a remote corner of India. More than 40 years ago, a humble farmer named Jadav Payeng started to plant trees on a desolate river island. Known as “The Forest Man of India,” he planted tens of thousands of trees — bamboo, cottonwoodContinue reading “What You Appreciate, Appreciates”

Hitting Pause on the Hedonic Treadmill

One of the most important parts of surgery occurs away from the operating table. Before the procedure begins, the surgical team takes a timeout. A bulletin from the American College of Surgeons describes it as “an immediate pause… to confirm the correct patient, procedure and site.” This calculated pause has been shown to significantly improveContinue reading “Hitting Pause on the Hedonic Treadmill”

The 44 Stages of Living Through a Financial Crisis

As 2020 mercifully comes to an end, newspapers and magazines are releasing their best-of and year-in-review lists. There is much to reflect upon, or eagerly forget. But, as someone just shy of 40, one of the things that sticks out most to me is the fact this year marked the second major financial crisis ofContinue reading “The 44 Stages of Living Through a Financial Crisis”

Lessons of an Anonymous Financial Writer

Broke, jobless, with a child on the way — I became a financial writer out of desperation. Some people start writing about money in hopes of becoming a kind of finance guru; some do it in hopes of attracting new clients to their advisory business. I just wanted a paycheck. What I earned though wasContinue reading “Lessons of an Anonymous Financial Writer”