Shopping for happiness? Here’s a better idea.

By Jeff Bernier

Sales were up about 20% compared to last year, and sales at ‘Small Business Saturday’ rose nearly as much at 18% higher compared to 2018. In short, consumers were enthusiastic. But while financial analysts are happy to announce that the increase in sales is a good thing because it signals that consumers are feeling optimistic about the economy, I’m not convinced that our willingness to jump into the buying frenzy is a sign of anything but trouble.

Before you start thinking I’ve suddenly become a holiday Scrooge, let me explain.

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Tackling the never-ending challenge of work-life balance

By Jeff Bernier

It’s barely July and I’ve already had quite an adventurous summer! Ashley and I were no sooner back home from a trip to Italy when I left again for a not-to-be-missed two-day golf excursion with a few friends. Though it has certainly been a whirlwind, the past month makes me thankful for the work I’ve done to find my own version of work-life balance.

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Heading for vacation? Get unplugged!

By Jeff Bernier

Here’s the good news: Americans are finally taking more vacation time. According to the latest study by Project: Time Off, as a whole, we work-obsessed Americans increased our average number of vacation days to 16.8 per year in 2016, up almost a full day compared to the prior year. The bad news? While that’s not much time to begin with, a stunning 54 percent of US workers left vacation days on the table—totaling about 662 million unused vacation days and more than $66 billion in unused benefits.

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