Sunday, October 1, 2017

Boomers On Happiness, Money, Work, and Personal Care

The butterfly and birds in these pictures stopped by my house this week, welcome visitors, if only for a short time. I assume they are travelling south, the sudden cool weather a warning winter will arrive soon.

Sometimes we stop to smell the roses and today I stopped to watch these creatures. They brought a smile to my lips as I spent a few moments enjoying their presence. 

Too often we forget to pause during busy days to observe and enjoy our environment.

You'd think enjoying life would be second nature, wouldn't you? But it's good to have a reminder of things we can do to boost our happiness quotient. Carol Cassara at Heart-Mind-Soul does just that with her piece How to Enjoy Life. And her readers have added to her list in the Comments. How about you? What would you add?

Laura Lee Carter has worked as a professional writer for over ten years now, and she has a few things to say about that! She will continue her work, first of all because she's addicted, and second because of the occasional wonderful fan letters she receives!

In case you missed it earlier in the week, the Sightings Over Sixty blog is offering an important and updated look at Long-Term-Care insurance. Tom Sightings turns to expert Jeremy Kisner, a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Life Underwriter in Phoenix, AZ, to answer all your FAQs on Long-Term Care. An important issue a majority of us will face, either dealing with an ill family member, or in need of assistance ourselves.

On the Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about a topic dear to all of us - money. First, a survey shows that more than 40 percent of U.S. adults are struggling to make ends meet and about a third are experiencing financial hardships. The survey also shows that financial well-being is higher for older adults, especially those aged 65 and older, whose average score was 61. Younger adults, those 34 and younger, tended to have the lowest financial well-being score with an average of 51.

How much do you spend on a ‘date night’? Although I like to cook, hub and I also enjoy eating out – our kind of date night, occasionally a movie or special event part of the evening’s entertainment. But I must admit that nowadays date night is often 'date afternoon'. Rita R. Robison reports on a survey that shows the average date night costs $101 in America compared to the average cost globally of $86. 

In Robison’s third money article, she writes again about what to do about the Equifax data breach of 143 million consumers’ information.

Thank you for stopping by and spending time with the boomers. 
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Picture from Laura Lee Carter's blog Adventures of  the NEW Old Farts.