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Talking to Your Aging Parents About Money

This summer, I became an official member of the sandwich generation. After my dad’s cancer diagnosis in August, I began caring for my aging parents while raising my two boys. In August, I took over management of my parent’s finances, and I did so without any pushback from them. Why was the transition so easy? Because …

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy: How Envy Steals Happiness

Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” What is the meaning of that phrase? Comparisons steal our satisfaction and rob us of long-term happiness. When we compare ourselves against those who look better or perform better, we feel inadequate and inferior. These comparisons don’t fill our hearts with joy. Instead, they cause us …

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Feeling Guilty About Self-Care? How to Overcome Self-Care Guilt

Self-care is defined as taking an active role in protecting your well-being and happiness. When you practice self-care, you carve out time to focus on your physical and mental health. For years, I struggled with self-care guilt. If I took time for myself, I was taking time away from everything that should matter in my …

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How Long Should I Keep Medical Bills? It Depends.

Every year you receive a pile of invoices from primary care doctors, specialists, insurance companies, and imaging facilities. Have you ever wondered how long you should keep medical bills? At a minimum, you’ll want to hold onto medical bills for one to three years after you pay them, but if you have a health savings …

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