*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* https://preservewm.com We've been keeping up with the latest headlines... here are two of our favorites worth sharing. ** Your Money ------------------------------------------------------------ A new study found that 60% of parents gave financial support to their adult children last year. As more people get financial help from their parents much later into adulthood, the question arises: how old is too old to ask Mom and Dad for money? Gifts from parents to children are nothing new, and things like help with a downpayment or other milestone purchases have been steady for years. What's changed now is how long children need help and the negative effect on the parents' own finances. The young adult allowance technique, for parents who can affordably sustain it, is a win-win for children who can use the extra income to bridge a budget gap and parents who can use the IRS gift code to both "cap" the allowance and reduce their own estate. Well Into Adulthood and Still Getting Money From Their Parents (https://www.wsj.com/personal-finance/financial-help-parents-money-ddc2f277?st=gbt3th4wz7vxs26&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink) by Julia Carpenter ** Your Life ------------------------------------------------------------ Watching a fire in the fireplace, firepit, or other safe vessel is not only for warmth and ambiance but can provide mental health benefits, too. The entire psychology of firewood is rooted in our instinctual connection with nature and its timeless appeal. Sitting by a wood fire, we tap into a primal connection, drawing comfort and tranquility from the raw, natural spectacle. The mesmerizing dance of the flames, the crackling of the firewood, and the distinct aroma all serve to ground us in the present moment, reinforcing our bond with the natural world. Research consistently highlights the impact of nature exposure on mental health. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that regular interaction with nature can reduce stress, enhance mood, and improve cognitive function. So, when we stoke a fire, we’re not just igniting a source of heat but also a source of mental restoration. Firewood and Mental Health: The Therapeutic Effects of Watching a Wood Fire Burn (https://hswf.co.uk/blogs/burning-questions/firewood-mental-health) by Rhodri Evans https://www.linkedin.com/in/danheth/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosalynn-harvey-heth-mpa-ceps-3a3aa3191/ ** Complexity Simplified ------------------------------------------------------------ Inevitably, I’ll discover or remember that I have one or more bananas left to eat. Usually, by this time, the bananas are overripe—not overripe enough to turn into a baked good but too ripe to enjoy eating by itself. So, instead of continuing to ripen the bananas, forcing me to bake a day or two later, I found that you can freeze them. And when I say, “freeze them,” I mean the entire banana, peel and all, or without the peel if you prefer. Just place the banana in a freezer bag and pop it in the freezer. Thaw and use when you are ready to bake. 37 Recipes for Ripe and Overripe Bananas (https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/vegan-menus-collections/banana-recipes-ways-to-use-ripe-overripe-bananas/) by Lisa Esile ** Trivia ------------------------------------------------------------ A: Jupiter Q: What has a gravitational pull so strong that even light cannot escape it? https://youtu.be/2w-a1J8cNZY?si=BU6ypfAmrJohWOxj ** Back in 1959, this song reached #1 ------------------------------------------------------------ ============================================================ ** Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/preservewm) ** Twitter (https://twitter.com/preservewm) ** LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/preservewm/about/) Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved. This email was sent to *|EMAIL|* (mailto:*|EMAIL|*) why did I get this? (*|ABOUT_LIST|*) unsubscribe from this list (*|UNSUB|*) update subscription preferences (*|UPDATE_PROFILE|*) *|LIST_ADDRESSLINE_TEXT|* *|REWARDS_TEXT|*

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