Monthly Archives: December 2019


The Science of Gift Giving

December 19th, 2019

Christmas is on the doorstep, which means tough decisions, budget allocations, and last-minute shopping. If you’re like most people, then you probably approach gift giving with a combination of random luck and hours walking the streets. As it turns out, however, there is a clear and robust science behind gift giving, with people who receive gifts much more appreciative when […]

Power Bills Forecast to Fall

December 19th, 2019

Power bills are forecast to decline in Australia over the next three years. According to official forecasts published by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), we can thank renewable energy for the good news, with an increasing supply of renewables on the market helping to drive prices down. While these forecasts are only estimates and widely dependent on current trends, […]

National Property Index Jump

December 16th, 2019

The CoreLogic National Property Index jumped into action in November, recording its fifth straight monthly increase and largest monthly gains in over 16 years. While parts of the national market remain slow, values in Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart continue to grow beyond expectations. The downturn that defined the Australian market at the start of the year seems like a distant […]

Negative Effects of Bushfire Smoke

December 9th, 2019

Bushfires remain prevalent across Australia, with smoky conditions possibly becoming more normal as climate change takes hold. Rural communities in NSW have been inundated by smoke for weeks, with Sydney also choked by bad air and dangerous smoke particles. While everyone is aware of the destructive power of fire when it comes to harming property and affecting lives, the true […]

How to Increase Your Mental Bandwidth

December 2nd, 2019

The modern world can be busy and stressful, with people often experiencing a lack of time and mental resources. It’s easy to make bad decisions in such an environment, as our mental bandwidth narrows and we focus on the wrong tasks. While some people thrive under pressure, for others, busy routines and ongoing stress lead to procrastination and reduced productivity. […]