Wealth in Giving: The Practical, Personal, and Inspirational Benefits

At Life Directions Financial, we embrace a broader perspective than one focused solely on money in defining wealth. We consider material prosperity to be a “fuel” enabling other wealth dimensions such as wellness, purposeful living, healthy relationships, spiritual fulfillment, and effective giving. Conversely, active giving…

For the Health of Marriage

Turns out marriage can do more for your heart than fill it with love. A recent study found that, among other health benefits, married people have a higher probability of surviving a stroke.1 They are also more likely to survive major surgery, have fewer heart…

Avoiding Biased Decision Making

When you hear something repeated enough times, doubts may start to slip away, and eventually it’s accepted as a fact. Believing the things that are embedded in our psyche because we’ve heard them before is known as an “availability bias.”1 This may partially explain why…

Principles of Good Communication

Learn and practice reflective listening Express your feelings Put problems into perspective Do not “gunnysack”, be immediate Be specific; no labels, names, traits Take responsibility Do not exaggerate Do not send double messages Create a safe atmosphere for expression Find alternatives to blame, judgments, accusations,…

Your New Vision of Retirement Plan

A surprising number of Americans do not have adequate plans for retirement. I invite you to consider with me some inherent factors to be thoughtfully addressed in a holistic “wealth management” strategy for retirement. Below are some provoking questions to get you thinking about your New…

Relationship Skills Quiz

Good relationships are an important dimension of True Wealth. See how you rate on the following specifics of relationship health. Rate yourself on a 0-4 scale on each of the following items.  A rating of “0” is “not true at all”, “2” is “mostly or…

Too Much Information: Sorting Out Fact from Fiction

We live in a culture of instant and abundant information. The benefits of this are many, and mostly obvious. But there is dark side that is less clear, and that can lead to less than optimal decisions and a degrading of lifestyle and well-being. This…

Good Doubt, Bad Doubt: What’s In Your Bucket?

Our complex lives require dozens of decisions daily. Some are simple, some are staggering in their complexity and significance. Whether it’s about what to believe, which road to take, what to purchase, who to trust, what to hold vs. release, how to spend your precious…

What is Your IQ (Intimacy Quotient)?

Use this quiz as a fun opportunity to evaluate your own level of ability to be intimate, and to challenge yourself to take action to deepen your relationship with the one you love the most. Give your spouse a unique and lasting gift this year:…

Living with Purpose and Significance

Deep within every human heart lays a longing for significance. Yes, it may be deeply buried and unrecognized, but it is there, waiting for release. It is easily obscured by necessity; we will attend to needs for safety, security, food, shelter, health, employment, money and…