Signing up for Happiness

Monica Jorge for The New York Times

Monica Jorge for The New York Times

I love the New York Times story about the most popular course at Yale University. When you think about the words that are so common in our lives and language – stress, competition, worry, illness – it’s little wonder that college students throng to a course that offers something else.

Twice a week, psychology professor Laurie Santos stands in front of her “Psychology and the Good Life” class (1,182 enrolled) to talk about “how to lead a happier, more satisfying life.” The volume of sign-ups for the class was so huge that it had to be moved to a symphony hall on campus. (more…)

Kids and Phones

Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Wall Street Journal

Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Wall Street Journal

As much as I love my friends’ children and grandchildren, I don’t envy the adults’ tough choices and responsibilities as parents. It’s bad enough to have to worry about drugs, predators, gangs, and bullying. Now one of the biggest disputes between parents and children is phones.

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal brought home the scale of these challenges. “Parents’ Dilemma: When to Give Children Smartphones” illustrates the ongoing battle between parents and children, the former trying to enforce quality-of-life values while the latter feel ostracized without their phones. (more…)

Year Of The Dog

Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

A recent article by Forbes is particularly appropriate as Chinese New Year is approaching and I am currently traveling in the Far East. Read how luxury brands are ushering in Chinese New Year. I love the Estée Lauder powder compact!

Beyond Our Galaxy

Photograph by Babak Tafreshi

Photograph by Babak Tafreshi

According to an article published today in National Geographic, “a new study gives the first evidence that exoplanets exist beyond the Milky Way.”

Diet and Dementia: the Good News

ThinkstockPhotos-497747272_field_img_hero_988_380There’s little doubt that one of the daunting prospects of aging is the lurking possibility of dementia. No one wants to lose their faculties, let alone their independence and quality of life. That we might be able to reduce that likelihood with something as simple as diet is a notion worthy of attention.

Over the past decade, numerous research scientists have looked for the connection between diet and dementia. Again and again, the results seem to point to significant benefits from a Mediterranean-type diet known as MIND: Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. (more…)

Priciest Properties

AYGC56YNQJGMFATRHXI2FVXR5APerhaps you saw Jack Flemming’s Hot Property article, which appeared in the Los Angeles Times last month, “California had 77 of the country’s 100 most expensive ZIP Codes for home sales last year, report says.” The article discusses the annual PropertyShark report, which lists cities by median price, including “all residential transactions closed in 2017, taking into account condo, co-ops, single- and two-family homes.” The median, while offering an interesting overview, provides little suggestion of the tremendous range of prices in an area. (more…)

Stories in Bronze

LasRosadasN-5Stories in Bronze is the title of the exhibition that Amador Montes through NUUN Espacio de Arte will present on Friday, February 2nd, at our fabulous listing – five-star resort “Las Rosadas”.

Located in the Costalegre de Jalisco, “Las Rosadas” is an exclusive property that harmoniously combines natural landscapes, virgin beaches and a resort with five-star service with Casa Paloma Blanca with 6 private luxury rooms, and Casita Las Palmas.

Will L.A. forge the Amazon?

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Given the influx of jobs and affluence that surrounds the Amazon campus, it’s little wonder that 238 cities dove into the fray as potential sites for Amazon HQ2. Amazon has stated that it expects “to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.”

This week, according to Curbed L.A., Amazon announced that the list is now narrowed down to 20 locations. What’s most exciting is that Los Angeles is the only city on the West Coast to make the cut. While the article suggests that “Los Angeles” is still defined in the broadest terms, the impact on the region could be significant. The company will spend the coming months investigating each city’s proposal and expects to make a decision before the year is out.

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