Jim Zarroli writes on NPR: “Poor people who reside in expensive, well-educated cities such as San Francisco tend to live longer than low-income people in less affluent places, according to a study of more than a billion Social Security and tax records. The study, published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, bolsters what was already well known — the poor tend to have shorter lifespans than those with more money. But it also says that among low-income people, big disparities exist in life expectancy from place to place, said Raj Chetty, professor of economics at Stanford University. ‘There are some places where the poor are doing quite well, gaining just as much in terms of life span as the rich, but there are other places where they’re actually going in the other direction, where the poor are living shorter lives today than they did in the past,’ Chetty said, in an interview with NPR.” (npr.org)
Wisdom really does come with age. Derodave collected some good advice from some old people. We can learn a few things from their advice:
- Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.
- Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
- The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.
- People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.
- Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more. Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.
- Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision.
- If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
Drew Dwyer, a veteran of the Marines and a former CIA operative, shares 9 travel and hotel safety tips. Whether you travel for leisure or for business, you can learn from these safety tips:
- Acquire or make a copy of the fire escape plan on the back of your door. Most of these just slide out.
- Do not stay on the ground or the top floor. The ground floor is readily accessible to intruders and the top floor does not allow any room to maneuver. The first or second (European) floors allow access for most third world country emergency vehicles.
- Keep the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, even when you are not there.
- Always assume the room is bugged. Keep the radio or TV turned on with the volume on low at all times — even when you are not in the room.
- Keep the drapes/blinds pulled at all times, even when unoccupied.
- Keep a light on in the room when unoccupied.
- Keep a small “bug-out bag” packed with must-have items (money, ID, passport, etc.) in the event of an emergency departure.
- Carry a motion alarm that can be placed over the doorknob. They are about $20 and can be found in most electronics stores.
- Keep a flashlight next to the bed and within arm’s reach.
Stephanie Vozza writes on Fast Company: “Some people have the gift of gab, and can talk to anyone about anything. And some people struggle to make small talk. What separates the two isn’t knowing what to talk about; it’s polishing up your communication skills so you can keep a good conversation going.” She then explains in detail six habits that the best conversationalists have mastered:
- They listen more than they talk
- They don’t always interject their experiences
- They admit what they don’t know
- They are well read
- They look for cues
- They Let go of the details
Brittney Helmrich writes on news.com.au: “How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so your morning routine is important, especially when you’re in charge of an entire company.” Here are what successful entrepreneurs do when they wake up:
- “I go for a morning run. No set distance, no set time — I just set my alarm for 5:30am, jump out of bed, put on my running gear and run until I’m tired or bored, then walk back. Rain or shine, it doesn’t matter.” – Neil Andrew, account director and founder, Piccana
- “I make the bed. It helps me start every day off with knowing something is already accomplished.” – Brad Cummins, founder, Local Life Agents
- “The first thing I do is kiss my wife. My family is my foundation and core. I then meditate for about 15 minutes to draw in positivity and set the tone for the rest of my day. If I am positive, I will attract positivity and success.” – Ken Collis, CEO and owner, TLK Fusion
According to a new study by the Lancet, obese people now outnumber the underweight population for perhaps the first time in global history. Majid Ezzati, an environmental health researcher at Imperial College London who led the study, found that over the 40-year-span, the proportion of obese men worldwide more than tripled, to roughly 11 percent, and the proportion of obese woman more than doubled, to about 15 percent. Researchers estimate 18 percent of men and 21 percent of women worldwide will be obese by 2025. It’s interesting to note that more than 25 percent of the world’s severely obese men and almost 20 percent of the world’s severely obese women are American. The impact of the obesity epidemic on developing nations is even more troubling. “In America, you can ameliorate your diet or blood sugar, or take cholesterol medicine, but in these developing countries, once things get bad, the mortality rates can’t be checked,” said Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist at the Harvard School of Public Health. (statnews.com)
A study published by the Royal Society found that for many affording a good social life means not having kids. Keeping up with the Joneses has become more expensive as modern couples spend more to compete in real-life social ladder, which could explain why they’re having fewer kids. “The areas were we see the greatest declines in fertility are areas with modern labor markets that have intense competition for jobs and an overwhelming diversity of consumer goods available to signal well-being and social status,” says Paul Hooper, an anthropologist at Emory University and senior author of the study. “Our model shows that as competition becomes more focused on social climbing, as opposed to just putting food on the table, people invest more in material goods and achieving social status, and that affects how many children they have. The human species is highly social and, as a result, we appear to have an ingrained desire for social standing,” Hooper says. (thefiscaltimes.com)
Worldwide, the average life expectancy at birth was 71.0 years (68.5 years for males and 73.5 years for females) according to United Nations World Population Prospects. Do you want to live to 100? We can learn some tips on living to 100 from Sardinianans, who have the the highest rate of centenarians in the world. Here are some habits on how to live to 100 from cultures with long lifespans:
- Incorporate walking into your daily routine
- Eat beans every day
- Drink antioxidant red wine
According to a survey by Harris Poll, fully 44% of American workers say they have lost sleep because they were worrying about work. “Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades,” according to The American Institute of Stress. Employee stress-related cases jump 28% over three years. Sleep difficulties can make it more difficult to manage stress, says psychotherapist Holly Parker, who lectures at Harvard on psychology topics. “It’s a troubling snowball of stress and sleep deprivation, fueling itself.” It’s no wonder that retirement is the secret to a happier and healthier life. (marketwatch.com)
Mr. Money Mustache prided himself of living happily and responsively without expensive lifestyle. During this April Fool occasion, he made a joke with his readers that with an abundance of money his family spending rises to $256,000.
“Remember how all this time I’ve been telling you that life is better if you aren’t focused on the pursuit of luxury? Yeah, well that turned out to be bullshit, ” Mr. Money Mustache joked. “I stumbled into a goldmine by starting this website. It has become a truly once-in-a-hundred-lifetimes situation, with over 18 million people stopping by so far and hundreds crawling around at any given moment. With this level of traffic, even the minimal level of advertising you see at the bottom is enough to make freight trains of cash. Enough money every month, for a family to live extremely well on for a year.”
According to the report Millionaire migration in 2015, France lost 10,000 millionaires or 3% of its millionaire population amid rising Muslim tensions. They’re leaving for the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. After France, China ranked second on the list of countries ranked by millionaire outflows. As for inflows, Australia was the favourite destination in 2015 and the US was ranked second. San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver all experienced large millionaire inflows from China and South East Asia. (ibtimes.co.uk)
“Come out and get some fresh air.” Young people might hear that a lot, but many 18- to 25-year-olds prefer an internet connection to daylight. As The Huffington Post reported, 69 percent of the surveyed youths picked an Internet connection as an essential, whereas only 64 percent chose daylight. Some parents might be outraged that an Internet connection is seen as so vital, but young people would rather spend their time in the dark with just their gadgets to connect with the world. (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
Early retirement community knows all too well about the one more year syndrome. Even with more than enough nest egg to last a lifetime, some still compel to stay in the workforce. The Economist tries to provide an explanation on what drive people to work so hard: “Working effectively at a good job builds up our identity and esteem in the eyes of others. We cheer each other on, we share in (and quietly regret) the successes of our friends, we lose touch with people beyond our network. Spending our leisure time with other professional strivers buttresses the notion that hard work is part of the good life and that the sacrifices it entails are those that a decent person makes. This is what a class with a strong sense of identity does: it effortlessly recasts the group’s distinguishing vices as virtues.” (1843magazine.com)
Travel more now or you might regret it. That’s one of the biggest life regrets for older Americans. Karl Pillemer, a professor at Cornell University, did a research into the lives of 1,200 older people over a 10-year period and found that older people often regretted not traveling more while they were young. “Based on my studies, I can almost guarantee you one thing: If you don’t do it now, you will wish you had traveled more,” Pillemer writes. “To sum up what I learned in a sentence: When your traveling days are over, you will wish you had taken one more trip.” (marketwatch.com)
Extreme frugality is the secret to early retirement, but to one billionaire frugality is the way of life. Frugal billionaire Ingvar Kamprad, founder of furniture chain Ikea, normally stocks up his wardrobe at flea markets to save money. “I don’t think I’m wearing anything that wasn’t bought at a flea market,” Kamprad says in an upcoming documentary for Swedish television. He also prefers cheap haircuts as he told a Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan: “Normally, I try to get my haircut when I’m in a developing country. Last time it was in Vietnam.” Kamprad, who turns 90 on March 30, said penny-pinching helped Ikea’s success. It probably also helped him to amass a net worth of more than $40 billion, according to a Bloomberg estimate. (afp.com)