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From travel and leisure to relationships, personal development, and far-flung activities, this section caters to individuals seeking inspiration, practical wisdom, and guidance for cultivating a balanced and enjoyable daily lifestyle. The goal is to equip readers with insightful ideas and expert tips for cultivating mindful enjoyment, enriching connections, and staying engaged with the possibilities each day presents—not just for getting by, but for learning to thrive with intention.

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How to Be a Better Gift Giver
Family

How to Be a Better Gift Giver

Julian Givi, PhD | November 23, 2023

Last holiday season, Americans dropped more than $8 billion on unwanted presents, according to one survey by Finder.com. And 52%…

Warning: Watch Out for These AI Scams
Consumer Technology

Warning: Watch Out for These AI Scams

Steven J.J. Weisman, JD | November 17, 2023

Innovative scammers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to separate you from your money. Even now the FBI and other agencies…

Green Claims by Corporations Can Be Misleading
Consumer Technology

Green Claims by Corporations Can Be Misleading

Laura Smith | November 8, 2023

Automakers that trumpet their environmentally friendly vehicles—but cheat on emissions tests. Plastic packaging that features the word “recyclable”—even though most…

Talking to Loved Ones with Dementia

Talking to Loved Ones with Dementia

Anne Basting, PhD | November 5, 2023

One of the hardest parts of caring for a loved one who has ­dementia is watching your shared connection slip…

My Bottom Line Hat
Family

My Bottom Line Hat

Kelli McCourt | November 2, 2023

My husband just had triple heart-bypass surgery. It started when a nuclear stress test indicated a blockage in an artery.…

You’ve Been Hacked…Now What?
Consumer Technology

You’ve Been Hacked…Now What?

Anthony Green | October 26, 2023

Don’t panic if you’ve been hacked. Here are five steps to take immediately to control the damage and secure your…

Best Value Cars for 2024

Best Value Cars for 2024

Karl Brauer | October 24, 2023

The 2024 model year features plenty of great vehicles but few great values. The typical new car now costs a…

Make Sure Your Homeowners Insurance Pays Up

Make Sure Your Homeowners Insurance Pays Up

Chip Merlin | October 5, 2023

A 2,000-pound boulder rolled down a hill in New Castle, Colorado, crashing into a home and causing extensive damage. The…

How to Choose a Long-Lasting Appliance

How to Choose a Long-Lasting Appliance

Ben Schlichter | October 4, 2023

If you think today’s appliances aren’t built to last like the ones you grew up with…you’re right. Not only has…

What Keeps Us Happy?
Family

What Keeps Us Happy?

Kelli McCourt | October 2, 2023

My husband and I recently embarked on an 11-hour drive with my parents to visit my sister in South Carolina.…

Best Smart Home Devices

Best Smart Home Devices

Mike Prospero | September 21, 2023

Are smart home devices smart buys? Wi-Fi-enabled technology—smart home locks, lights, thermostats and security cameras—are marketed as cutting-edge tools that…

Is a Family Limited Partnership Right for You?
Family Finances

Is a Family Limited Partnership Right for You?

Martin Shenkman, CPA, JD | September 11, 2023

Do you think a Family Limited Partnership (FLP) is something that you don’t need to consider? Maybe…maybe not. FLPs—a type…

How to Get Better Results from Customer Service Agents
Consumer Technology

How to Get Better Results from Customer Service Agents

Scott M. Broetzmann | September 7, 2023

If dealing with customer service on the phone has left you hopping mad, you’re not alone. According to the latest…

The Tough Questions
Home

The Tough Questions

Kelli McCourt | September 2, 2023

We face a lot of tough ­questions in this world—but I think the toughest by far is… “What’s for dinner?”…

When a Loved One Doesn’t Have a Will
Death & Dying

When a Loved One Doesn’t Have a Will

Martin Shenkman, CPA, JD | August 13, 2023

A man walked into tax attorney Martin Shenkman’s office some years ago with a problem—he had inherited a large sum…