Why Do You Care So Much About Your Neighbours Income Levels?

THE TALK OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL BE YOU AT SOME POINT AND HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW   A good conversation starter often begins with the weather but in neighborhoods the neighbours talk careers, income levels and the business of everyone around them. Does money really make you happy if you have more than your neighbour does? For some of you reading this, YES and others not so much. There is peace of mind for some people knowing the income levels of their neighbours and for others it’s simply a war on who earns more and who gets the upper-hand on conversations. Have you ever driven down the street making your way home only to notice a congregation of neighbours chatting away. What are they talking about? Probably other neighbours, real estate or general gossip. Perhaps they are just friends planning the next get together but I’ve yet to run into many of those neighbourly conversations. Making more money than your neighbour may make you feel like the happiest person on the block but why do we care so much? You might tell yourself that you don’t and perhaps that is the truth but how often have you wondered what […]

Men, Women, and How They Think About Money

MONEY IS MONEY BUT ADD GENDER TO THE MIX AND THE MEANING BECOMES SOMETHING MUCH DIFFERENT.   Money is central to our existence and we all know it. We need, want it and got to have it. There’s nothing new to report here about any of that. It’s the basic reason we all get up every morning, battle the elements and the traffic, and hunker down at our jobs every day. Whether you are a Canadian or an American like me, there are differences between the genders. If you’re a man, you’re more likely to be coming home from work each day, unwinding and spending your time as you see fit. If you’re a woman, not so much. For as long as there have been people working outside the home, women have born most of the burdens of taking care of the home, kids, chores, and those kinds of things. When you look at the last 30 years of changes to our society, i.e. the big addition of women to the workforce, there may have been some changes in that old school approach…but not enough. Men still fundamentally think of women as the responsible party when it comes to family, […]

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