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  1. Planning for the future: 4 retirement property options for downsizers

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      If you’re nearing retirement age, you’ve probably given some thought to swapping your family home for something a little smaller and easier to manage. Retirement homes tend to be cheaper and easier to maintain than the typical family home, freeing up more of your time and money to spend doing the things you love. Downsizing can also help you to release equity from your current home, meaning it’s a good option if you’d like to free up some cash to spend in retirement, or perhaps to help buy a home for your children. It’s never too early to start planning for your future, and there’s a wide range of retirement homes available to suit your individual needs and budget. Whether you value your independence and social life, or you’d prefer the peace of mind...
  2. Are they a narcissist? Top tips for coping with a difficult person

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    Article by Richard Templar  We all know them, they’re pretty easy to spot and you could probably name a few with little trouble. These are those people for whom the universe revolves. And they must be at the centre, the figure of worship, never wrong, admired by everyone, always on top. Yup, narcissists can only see things in relation to the effect on them. This blinds them to much in the way of empathy, so they struggle even to switch into considering other people – you, for example – because they’re often just not interested in anything that doesn’t have positive repercussions for them. A self-focused partner or boss can be very tough to live with. Like bullies (they often are bullies), they don’t necessarily have the inner confidence their behaviour implies....
  3. Five signs that you should end your marriage

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    Article by Helene Fermont   Today is “divorce day” – statistically the day with the most divorces in the year. But how do you know when it’s time to end your marriage? We asked psychologist Hélene Fermont for her advice. Marriages can be difficult and it’s hard to know when you are just going through a rough patch, and when it might be time to call in quits. Hélene Fermont, psychologist and novelist, says that only you can decide when the relationship or marriage has come to an end, but has listed some warning signs that signal it might be time to move on. When the respect is gone If there is no respect for the other person in a marriage, it is only a matter of time before it crumbles and fails. If...
  4. 31 Happiness Hacks for a Joyous January (one a day to keep the blues away)

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    Article by Andy Cope and Shonette Bason-Wood The ‘Doctor of Happiness’ and ‘Fairy Godmother of Positivity’ have teamed up to bring you some top tips for a joyous January. Here are Andy and Shonette’s happiness hacks. Weird, wonderful and cleverer than they look – use them wisely. Calculate your happiness According to the esteemed researchers at the University of London’s Institute of Education, here are some monetary values of happiness: Seeing friends and relatives is equivalent to a pay rise of £64k a year Having nice neighbours is worth £37k a year Excellent health is estimated to be worth £300k a year to you We sincerely hope you can tick some of the boxes above, in which case, please do your sums. If you can tick them all then you can kick off 2018 £401,000 richer....
  5. Solutions to sleepness nights: Counting Mississippis

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    Article by Juliet Young Sleep has been avoiding me since I turned fifty. Not totally avoiding me, because it comes along and hits me with a big, steel hammer on the head just as I’m reading the fifth line of my nightly chapter which, as you can imagine, takes months to read. It then leaves me there, sitting with book in hand, head drooping, mouth attractively open, until something, in man or cat form, shakes me and tells me to lie down. For God’s sake, woman, the cat usually adds. So I obey and Sleep then carries on quietly doing what it has to do. Maybe playing solitaire or knitting or doing a bit of embroidery. In any case it kindly lets me get a couple of hours’ rest...
  6. Tips for staying in touch with friends and family overseas

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    Article by Caroline Beecham, author of Maggie’s Kitchen; A Second World War novel about finding courage and friendship in food This year was a big year for me; not only was my debut novel, Maggie’s Kitchen, published in the UK but I also turned fifty in April. Born in Brighton, but having lived in Australia for the past seventeen years, it was wonderful celebrating my birthday with family and friends back in the UK.       With the launch of Maggie’s Kitchen at Waterstones in August, this was another great excuse to get everyone together but these are rare and very special occasions and the rest of the time, keeping in touch with loved ones can be a bit of a challenge.   ...
  7. Health-savvy snacks for an autumn walk

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton Autumn is just asking to be embraced with a brisk walk in the fresh air and fallen leaves. Ideally with some gentle sunshine too….but let’s not push our luck! Wrapping up against the elements means we can get the benefits whatever the weather throws at us. Whether you are planning a full-on, muscle-toning power walk or a gentler stride out for an hour or two, it’s worth having an energy boost to hand. But don’t undo the good work of your walk by tucking into processed snacks that provide calories but little in the way of nutrition. Your body, like your car, runs better on premium fuel. Instead, choose one of these healthy and easy snacks the next time you get up and go…… Banana On-the-go snacks don’t come any easier than bananas – ready-wrapped and full of...
  8. Top 10 tips to reduce stress

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    Tips from Susan Scott. How can we avoid  or reduce the stress in our lives? Susan Scott, author of How to Prevent Burnout offers her top tips Increase your personal stress awareness. Recognise the symptoms. These can be physical, emotional, behavioural or psychological. Consider what might be causing you to feel the way you do and what action might be required to address the causes. If you’re finding it hard to identify the causes, keep a stress diary recording the events that caused you to feel bad and how they made you feel.   Review your diet and lifestyle with honesty. What are you drinking, smoking and eating? Has this changed recently? If yes, and you’re drinking or smoking more or relying more on sugary carbohydrate foods to get you through...
  9. Why thinking differently could help you succeed in your career

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    By Paul Sloane, author of The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills You can increase your popularity and success by becoming an ideas carrier, someone who identifies, collects and communicates fresh ideas for other people’s business challenges.  If you work in an office you can do this for your colleagues, your boss or the people who report to you. If you are a consultant or sales person you can do this for your customers. If you are a buyer you can do it for your suppliers. In every case you can build your relationship by helping the other person solve their problems. Let’s say you are in sales. Think of your most important customers. What are their most pressing business challenges? What are the top priorities and...
  10. Are your knickers holding you back?

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    Article by Andy Cope Two rules for a great article. First, great content and second, a cracking title. With the latter sorted, here’s the best bit… Having reached 50, I’ve realized that the ageing process is inevitable. You can look after yourself, go to the gym, each healthy food, moisturize and take cod-liver oil, but ultimately, those birthday cards will have bigger numbers on them year by year. But what if it isn’t about vitamins and Nivea? What is the secret of eternal youth was in our heads – our thinking more specifically. And we could maintain some of that youthful, carefree exuberance that the young children manage to generate. They’re not fussed about the news. And, to be fair, they don’t have the same...
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