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The Power of Giving

The Power of Giving

Numerous studies have been done on the benefits of giving and I’ve talked about this before: Giving makes us happier. As we move from Thanksgiving into Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is now a way to put your gratitude and savings to even greater benefit by participating in #GivingTuesday. The purpose behind #GivingTuesday is to highlight the values of service and giving back. To do this, #GivingTuesday uses social media to connect partners and people all over the world. It provides a platform to help individuals, organizations and communities find ways to tap into resources and touch our capacity to care for each other.  It also serves to remind us of the power of giving.
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Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

I am a big fan of traditions. I believe traditions form the fabric and structure in our lives that help tell the story of who we are.  So with Thanksgiving just around the corner I started looking at some of the traditions associated with this holiday. And was amazed to find that some of the facts didn’t quite fit the story as I remembered it.
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Preserving Tradition

Preserving Tradition

The holiday season is nearly here – a time around which many family traditions are centered. It is also a perfect time to record those traditions or to remember some older traditions that may have disappeared with time. The stories we tell about family traditions or reminiscences of previous holidays are part of how we find our place within the family circle. These stories are also a way for younger or newer members to gain insight into the family history of which they are now a part.
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Check Your Beneficiary Designations

Check Your Beneficiary Designations

I regularly urge readers to organize their estates and I’ve talked at length about including all assets in that planning, so I would be remiss not to mention an important piece of estate organization advice. Make a habit of periodically checking the beneficiary designations on your life insurance policies – as well as other financial accounts for which you may have beneficiaries. The reason for this is that these designations bypass your will. That means that the proceeds of the insurance are not controlled by your will but rather the beneficiary designation listed on your policy.
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Legacy Planning When You’re Young Is Smart Thinking

Legacy Planning When You’re Young Is Smart Thinking

You don’t have to reach middle age to start thinking about legacy planning. In fact, with the growing number of available digital assets and the growing utilization of these assets, the need to plan is becoming more important at a younger age.
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