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Category: Tips EN

Breaking free of TV

"TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! It clogs and clutters up the mind! It makes a child so dull and blind, he can no longer understand a fantasy, a fairyland! His brain becomes as soft as cheese! His powers of thinking rust and freeze!" — An excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964. The author of the above lines left this out:...
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Toy safety tips

Toys and children are inseparable. But while they are your child's best friends, they can also be your child's worst enemy — that is, if you pick the wrong playthings (eg: toys with small parts that can detach from the toy and pose a choking hazard, or those with sharp edges that can cut and bruise). If you're shopping for toys as a gift for a child, here are some things to...
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Consumer culture undermines your well-being

Our unlimited wants, unending needs, uncontrolled spending, unnecessary buys and unbridled acquisitions have all resulted in one thing – an unhappy life, social scientists warn.These findings emerge at a time when the consumer culture has reached a fever pitch, comments Myers, also the author of the 2000 book, The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty.   Owning more...
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More Wealth, Less Happiness

Most people want and aim to be wealthy.  But one of the key findings of happiness research is: Although more money delivers big increases in happiness when you are poor, each extra dollar makes less difference once your basic needs have been met.   Having more income may not necessarily bring more happiness.  Studies show that when incomes rise for everybody, well-being...
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Why money madness is bad for your body and soul

Which do you value more – your money or your life?  In today’s consuming culture, most people wouldn’t mind having more money to spend.  But while money matters in life, ie for meeting basic needs, always wanting more, or having more and spending more may not necessarily be a good thing.  Too much money shatters one’s life. That’s no preachy...
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12 reasons not to spend

Did the recent Mega Sales turned out to be an expensive affair for you? If you regret the “bargains” which you bought but is unlikely to use, you will regret even more when the credit card statements come  in.    Often people spend for the wrong reasons, and the Mega Sales with all its hype seems to bring out the worst in them. In order not to be caught off-guard by...
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Are you a compulsive gambler?

20 Questions To Ask Yourself (from Gamblers Anonymous) 1.     Did you ever lose time from work due to gambling? 2.     Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? 3.     Did gambling affect your reputation? 4.     Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? 5.     Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts...
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Plastic money: Too hot to handle?

It is tempting. It is convenient. Almost everyone you know has one. So should you or shouldn’t you get a credit card? After all, you need an income of only  RM1,500 a month to qualify for one. And as the ads want us to believe, it is no mere piece of plastic: With it you can spend freely while earning respect and envy. But ask yourself: Do I need it? And most of all, can I handle it?...
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Be a Smart Spender

You’ve worked hard for your money. You deserve to spend it anyway you like. We are with you all the way on that. (And you thought we were going to say “Don’t spend your money on this and that”, didn’t you?) We strongly believe it is important that you spend your money on what you really need (not on what adverts or other people say that you should have). We also...
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