News Above the Noise—April 16, 2023
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1. Inflation is Falling. Why Aren’t People Noticing?
When it comes to inflation, there’s a good news, bad news dynamic going on. The good news? New figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week show inflation eased last month. However, people aren’t feeling it just yet, economist Mickey Levy told The Washington Post. For more on American’s expectations for inflation, click here.
2. Should You Buy an Electric Vehicle Now or Wait?
Prices for electric cars have reached near record highs—but new federal tax subsidies will be available soon, and many automakers will release fleets of new all-electric models during the coming months. Which is prompting many prospective electric vehicle (EV) buyers to wonder if they should buy now, or wait. While experts agree there’s no right answer, they do say the decision boils down to a few important questions. To read them, click here.
3. The Finnish Secret to Happiness? Knowing When You Have Enough
Ever wonder what it’s really like living in Finland, a country that has ranked in the No. 1 spot on the World Happiness report for six years in a row? The New York Times asked more than a dozen Finns—ranging in age from 13 to 88 and representing a variety of genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and professions—what makes them so happy. Their answers— which you can read by clicking here—may surprise you.
4. How to Stop Romanticizing the Past So You Can Enjoy Your Life Right Now
There’s a certain “happification” of our history, according to psychologists, that prompts us to insist life was better back in the day. Yet when we take this approach, we tend to zero in on the good memories and erase the bad ones, which ultimately devalues the positive aspects of our lives right now. If you tend to get stuck in this type of nostalgia, take heart. Self magazine published an article this week filled with insightful advice to help you take off those rose-colored glasses. Click here to read it.