It’s hard not to be a cynic these days, especially if you turn on the news. Even the holidays can feel like they’re just one big commercial. However, there are people out there that can wrestle the “bah humbug” out of any Ebenezer Scrooge. These real-life angels truly take the phrase “it’s better to give than receive” to heart. FirstLantic profiles three exceptional people in this week’s blog as well as some ways that you can spread your own holiday cheer. Spoiler alert – you won’t be a cynic after you finish this blog!
While the holidays can be a wonderful time of the year for many people, they can also be lonely and anxiety-ridden for others. But what if we told you that your overall health will be better if you spend more time with friends and family (even your annoying uncle)? Research shows that people with strong ties to others live longer, happier and healthier lives. So, even if you are dreading the inevitable political conversation with your brother-in-law, that dialogue can actually be beneficial if you utilize some best practices. FirstLantic has some tips for not only surviving, (but thriving) during the holiday season this year.
Sometimes we can get bogged down so much in our own domestic drama that we forget there is a big wide world out there. While many Americans enjoy holidays like Saint Patrick’s Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving among others, cultures around the world have their own way of celebrating. So, in honor of the season, FirstLantic tracked down ten of the most unusual holidays from a KFC dinner in Japan to a tomato fight in Spain!
Every day, we lose 294 WWII veterans. And with every veteran that passes, we often lose their story as well. Originally, FirstLantic planned to do a blog about inspirational vets but we quickly realized that there are literally thousands of amazing stories out there and we can’t possibly do the topic justice in one blog. As a result, we switched gears and decided to focus on four platforms that are dedicated to helping to tell as many of these stories as possible. Hearing the personal narratives of veterans not only allows us to experience history through their eyes, but it can be extremely healing for the veterans themselves. It also ensures that we never forget the men and women that were willing to sacrifice their lives for us. Through their oral and video histories, we can honor our veterans every day of the year rather than just the one day that is designated.
So, what exactly is a “boomster”? Seriously, you don’t know? Well, according to the urban dictionary, “It’s a baby boomer who is as cool as they can be, given the constraints of age”. That definition might be a little insulting to many of us, but the word essentially is a combination of the two words “boomer” and “hipster”. And what it really means is that the psychographics of many people in this generation is different from previous generations. They are not letting age define them and they want to stay relevant in a society that all too often dismisses people over 50.
Okay, so most grandparents don’t have a lot to complain about when it comes to their grandkids. After all, they are not the primary caregiver. They get to spoil the grandkids and then send them home. Or maybe they babysit the children once in a while or they pick them up from daycare or school once a week. However, there are some grandparents that are taking on a much bigger responsibility and are actually raising their grandkids. It is estimated by Generations United that there are about 2.6 million American children being raised by grandparents or relatives.
Part 1 in a 2-part series
“Growing old is not for the faint of heart” as the saying goes. It’s certainly not easy to see yourself age but sometimes it can be even harder to watch your parent’s or other loved ones getting older. You want to help but you don’t know where to start. You don’t want to insult them or make them feel that you are taking on the role of their parent. You aren’t sure when to intervene or even how. Fortunately, FirstLantic has created this guide to help you navigate what is often a complex and emotional issue.
In honor of 16 year old Greta Thunberg who galvanized people all over the world to take part in the climate strike last week, FirstLantic is dedicating this blog to all the amazing kids that are making a difference. Whether they are demanding that governments do more to protect the environment or granting the wishes of nursing home residents, these young people are truly exceptional. Are you ready to be inspired?
Did you know:
• There is one garbage truck of plastic dumped into the ocean every minute?