By Archie|2018-12-14T10:07:01+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Life|
George Bernard Shaw has often said that a happy family is but an earlier heaven. Here are some ways to make your own little heaven on earth.
Hugging someone has been scientifically shown to release oxytocin, the cuddle/happy hormone which helps reduce anxiety and stress.
2. Have fun together
Yes, work and studies are essential. But so is having downtime with the family – travel, play some game, have a picnic; and just enjoy having fun while surrounded by your loved ones.
3. Sing together
If there’s one thing the Von Trapps taught us, it is how singing together helps the family to bond. Hit up a local karaoke bar or jam with your family in the living room – just cut loose.
Working out alone gets tedious and boring, and we fall back on our routines. Exercising together – be it a long walk or bike rides – not only brings some fun back into working out for everyone, but also helps set a healthy example for the kids.
5. Eat healthily
Speaking of health, junk food, while tasty, also messes with mental and physical health. Cut up a bowl of fruits or veggies to help create healthy snacking habits in the family.
6. Cook together
Make healthy eating habits more fun by hitting the kitchen together. Cooking up delicious meals with the family also helps the kids to understand health, teamwork and develop a skill set in cooking.
7. Reward good behavior
Reinforce your child’s good behavior with little treats – a trip to the zoo, watch a movie, have dinner out. This just goes to show that you don’t have to be excessive to be rewarding.
In families with more than one child, it would do good to spend time with each child, creating an atmosphere of love and support for each child, and increases your chances of binding with them.
Knowing what to expect and having set patterns helps kids fall into a routine lifestyle – reduced misbehavior, less fuss in the mornings, and healthy sleeping patterns, all while balancing daily activities.
Being appreciated makes a great impact on mental health and how kids perceive themselves. Hug them, give them a goodnight kiss before bed, or tell them you love them – leave them feeling valued and happy.
11. Set an example
What is perceived at an early age carries on throughout your child’s life. Prioritize your marriage and give them a model of love to aspire to.
12. Read and write together
Spending a little time with a book, be it reading them a story or writing your own, gives you a chance to spend time together as well as develop your child’s creativity.
As electricity bills continue to skyrocket, Australians are looking at alternative ways to supply their home’s energy needs. Home owners are seeking something that’s cost effective, adds value to their property and reduces the environmental impact of their modern lifestyle.
Luckily, solar power is the perfect answer to all three of these concerns, providing a 100% green way to source your home’s power needs while also saving you money. Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of installing solar power panels in your home.
Saves on your energy bills
When you install solar panels, you can start powering your home with the abundant, clean energy of the sun. This means that while you’re using the sun’s rays, you aren’t using the main power grid, which means that your energy bills will be less each month.
If you decide to install a battery storage system along with you solar panels, you can start saving even more money on your monthly power bills. This is because a battery will allow you to store energy collected from the sun during daylight hours so that you can continue powering your home after dark.
Another benefit is that there are government subsidies enabling you to get money back on the installation of your solar panels. There are also mechanisms to sell any energy you don’t use back to the main power grid in the form of credit on your power bills.
Reduces your impact on the environment
Solar energy sources all of its power from the sun, meaning that no coal needs to be burned in order to generate the power that’s needed. When you install solar panels, you are divesting from the main power grid and reducing the total demand for traditional coal fuelled energy.
This means a reduction in coal energy output, which means less coal burning and less pollution in the atmosphere. In this way, solar panels are one of the best ways you can make your lifestyle more environmentally sustainable.
Adds to your property value
With the above two points in mind, it’s easy to see why solar panels are a great investment in the resell value of your home. People love to hear that the property has its own way of generating clean energy that will save them money on their power bills.
New homebuyers, especially young families, are very environmentally conscious and will place a high value on a renewable energy solution like solar panels. This is because young families want their children to grow up in a world with a sustainable environment.
People also like feeling as though they are part of a progressive solution, so they’ll feel a little ahead of their neighbours for using solar panels. Solar panels are something people can be proud of as they are a way of saying that you’re environmentally aware and seeking to reduce the negative environmental impact of your modern lifestyle.
As you can see, investing in a solar power system for your home is smart choice when it comes to sourcing a cheaper and more environmentally sustainable energy solution. Learn more about residential solar power systems and see if there’s an option suitable for your home.
By Archie|2018-12-14T10:10:12+00:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Finance|
With New Year just around the corner, personal and family finances should top the list of things you’re thinking of for the coming year. Here are 7 crucial points to think on:
1. Family Budget
Planning a budget is one of the main ways to analyse your monthly cash flow and discretionary income, which is the “leftover” money you have after taxes. Assessing what you spend it on and managing expenses will help you save and increase your discretionary income.
2. Review the cost of debt
Consumer debt and tax are unavoidable, but you can save on home-equity credit line. Being tax deductible, they serve as a lower-cost source of money than other loans. A controlled strategy will help reduce the cost of debt.
3. Increase retirement plan contributions
Contacting your HR officer or approaching your 401(k) planner will help increase the percentage of your income that goes into your retirement plan. Every small contribution made today will have a greater impact in the future.
4. Merge retirement accounts
With people shifting jobs regularly, it’s not surprising for someone to have more than one 401(k) plan accounts. Even though the consolidating of these accounts takes time, your 401(k) plan provider can help you move it along. Reducing the number of accounts will help you coordinate your assets and manage them effectively.
5. Risk analysis and asset allocation
Evaluating your portfolio is a task you can achieve yourself or with the help of a financial advisor. This will help ensure that it is kept structured as per your objectives, and to find out where it can be improved.
6. Beneficiary reviews
It is necessary to ensure that your retirement plans, annuities, and insurance policies reflect your wishes and involve the right beneficiaries as they precede over any legal document you make. Reviewing these documents regularly is the best way to ensure that all your assets are in order and will go to the right beneficiaries, should the need arise.
7. Review insurance adequacy
In two-earner families, it is important to ensure both parents’ incomes for securing your children’s future. Term life insurance is inexpensive and offers up to 10-12 times annual income in coverage.
By Archie|2018-12-14T09:25:33+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Life|
You will notice that people who are happy in their marriages are happy in other relationships and aspects of their life. However, sometimes the intimacy may wane. Here are some tips that will help you improve your married life.
1. Early rising
Waking up a few minutes earlier than necessary will give you some quality time with your spouse be it to drink coffee, to talk, or simply to cuddle. This time will help set off your day on a positive note.
When saying hello or goodbye, you make do with a quick peck. Surprise your spouse with a passionate kiss instead – a few extra seconds of intimacy can do wonders for your bond.
Think back to the initial phases of your relationship. Remember the public displays of affection? Next time you’re out with your spouse, bring back the passion. Even a little gesture will do – hold their hand, give them a quick hug or kiss. Bring the focus back to yourselves.
4. Be your best
Over time, you give your all to work, chores and your children. At the end of the day, why not make a conscious effort to give your better half the best? After all, they do deserve it.
5. Shower together
The spontaneity and intimacy of enjoying a shower together – whether it leads to sex or not – is a great way to spice things and bring you two closer.
Words have a way of bringing people together. Spend time with your spouse every day to relax and share a good book; it’s bound to help forge a deeper bond.
Although it seems obvious, think back to the last time you had an intimate, meaningful conversation with your significant other. If nothing else, make a mindful effort to ask your spouse about their day and how they’re doing.
Appreciation is something that makes anyone’s day. The next time your spouse has a bad day, or even randomly, let them know that they are appreciated for all that they are and for what they do for your family.
9. Have fun
Over the years, the fun factor tends to be overshadowed by responsibilities and routines. Bring the fun back to your marriage with game or movie nights, or going out for a date – enjoy who you have and what you share.
10. Say “I Love You”
Not every day is going to be like the first day you fell in love. But you have made a commitment to your significant other. Cherish your spouse by telling them you love them daily – in person, on a post-it note on the bathroom mirror, or through Facebook.
By Archie|2018-12-14T10:11:54+00:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Home|
Finding safety and security in your own home is of utmost importance, so much so that the cost of home security systems is overridden by the need for the same. Here are some reasons why it is essential to have a proper home security system in place.
It is assumed that houses that aren’t protected by a security system are more than 2.7 times likely to be targeted by intruders, who can often turn aggressive in the face of a home invasion. The presence of a security system buys residents enough time to get to safety while authorities are being notified.
It only takes about 30 seconds for an unsolicited flame to become an inferno, and minutes for the home to be consumed by thick black smoke, making escape impossible. Installation of smoke and heat detectors can help buy you the necessary time to get to a safe place while automatically contacting authorities.
3. Carbon monoxide poisoning
Being colorless and odorless, CO which is found in combustion fumes (from stoves, wood fires, gas ranges, etc.) are undetectable by human senses, and excessive amounts of CO in the body can cause dizziness, nausea and even death. Installation of CO detectors can help notify authorities for evacuation, as well as paramedics to treat the poisoning.
4. Protect your valuables
The presence of a home security system not only helps deter burglars but in the face of a burglary, also helps identify them with the help of cameras. This helps protect and/or recover stolen items that mean a lot to us sentimentally or monetarily.
In an event where you may be away from your home, monitored home security systems will respond to emergency situations ranging from burglary to natural disasters by contacting concerned authorities automatically. Because of the same, the loss incurred will be significantly less than that without a security system. It also aids in remotely controlling the monitoring systems installed in your home.
6. Save on Homeowners Insurance
This insurance covers losses or damages from a variety of events, but not against all possible circumstances. This insurance is expensive, but having a home security system gives the homeowners a 10-20% discount, thereby cutting costs.
7. Reduce energy consumption
The latest advent in security systems is the assistance in monitoring lighting, thermostat, etc. Not only does this help in giving an image of an occupied home to an intruder by remotely controlling the lights and heating, but also helps conserve energy.
By Archie|2018-12-14T10:11:41+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Finance|
A Stock Exchange is a marketplace for the purchase and sale of commercial goods like bonds, stocks, and securities. Modern exchanges have come to opt for electronic trading venues – dark pools, communication networks, etc. – in lieu of traditional floor, exchanges to save time and money. Buyers and sellers experience profit or loss in trading depending on whether the market is bull or bear, respectively.
Being the financial capital of the US, Wall Street is a deterministic force in the world economy. New York City houses two of the biggest stock exchanges in the world. The first, the New York Stock Exchange (founded 1792 and owned by Intercontinental Exchange) leads in trade value and has a capitalization of $19.223 trillion USD. The NYSE has borne witness to some prominent market events such as the 1929 Wall Street Crash, the 1997 mini-crash, and the 1987 Black Tuesday. The second major stock exchange, NASDAQ (founded 1971 and owned by NASDAQ Inc.) has a capitalization of $6.831 trillion USD and pioneered electronic systems in trading. Another stock market giant is TMX Group in Canada (founded 2008). With a capitalization of $ 1.939 trillion, it owns Montreal Exchange, NGX, TSX Alpha Exchange, among other notable exchanges.
In Asia, a prominent hub of trading is the Japan Exchange Group (founded 2013) with a capitalization of $4.485 trillion, the Shanghai Stock Exchange (founded 1904, the first stock exchange in China) with a market capitalization of $3.986 trillion, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with a capitalization of $3.325 trillion, and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China with a capitalization of $2.285 trillion. Witnessing some major events in trading, these still remain some of the major stock exchanges in the world.
Europe is also home to some major exchanges such as the London Stock Exchange in the UK (founded 1801; $6.187 trillion capitalizations), Euronext in the UK, Belgium, Portugal, France, and the Netherlands (founded 2000, $3.321 trillion capitalizations), and the Deutsche Borse AG in Germany (founded 1992; $1.762 trillion capitalization).
These exchange centers of the world act as a measuring stick of development and help predict the direction of national economic growth. The major exchanges fund development projects for economies worldwide, especially in developing nations whose stock exchanges are still in their growing phase. The growth of financial markets offers higher standards of living, employment opportunities, and also help fund the growth of other nations worldwide thereby bringing down rates of poverty and illiteracy.