They say that no-one on their deathbed ever wishes they'd spent more time at work, don't they?
Bonnie Ware, owner of the Inspiration and Chai blog, worked in palliative care and noticed common themes surfacing again and again with regard to the regrets of people facing their own mortality. In this article, she lists the most common five.
If you're one of the growing number of baby boomers who can't afford to retire, you might be interested in this MSN Money article - 10 Part-time Jobs for Retirees - to get you thinking about the range of possibilities available to you. (It has links to some other interesting articles/websites too.)
The arrival of the local newspaper got Tom Sightings thinking about some of the economic myths that survive as part of the general conversation, year after year, and that are particularly prevalent during the election cycle. Some of them are only partially false; others are entirely false; but all of them distort our thinking about our economic lives.
In his new book, The World Book Of Happiness, Leo Bormans has drawn together the research and discoveries of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of happiness to unlock the secrets of happy people.
If you want the quick version, here's what you need to do:
1. Accept what you have 2. Enjoy what you do 3. Live for today 4. Choose happiness (exercise your freedom to choose) 5. Look after your relationships 6. Stay busy 7. Don't compare yourself to anyone else 8. Be yourself 9. Stop worrying 10. Get organised 11. Think postive 12. Value your happiness
Want to know the secret of marital bliss? Separate beds! Or even separate bedrooms.
Apparently, more and more couples are opting to sleep apart and, rather than signifying the end of their relationship, many of them are happier than ever (and, in case you were wondering, their sex lives are very much on track!) Find out more.
When it comes to where we'll live in our later years, we can, apparently, be divided into two categories -'planners' and 'reactors'. Planners tend to be in control of their move whilst reactors are forced to move because of family or health issues.
An academic study carried out by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research found that there are definite advantages to being a planner - which include choice, control and gains in home equity. Find out more.