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Seven habits that lead to happiness in old age.

Good morning, money nerds, and welcome to another edition of Apex Money. I have three great articles for you today (and one great video). Let’s get to it.

“How we signed up for health insurance through the ACA.” [Frugalwoods] — “Unless your situation miraculously mirrors mine here in rural Vermont, you’re not going to be able to follow my exact steps. You’re going to have to do your own research in your state for your own circumstances. But all is not lost! There’s a lot we can learn together about how the ACA operates at the federal level. So let’s go on an ACA journey together!” I too recently signed up for health insurance via the ACA. But I haven’t had enough experience with it yet to write about the process.

How to pay off debt fast. [The Money Principle] — “Paying off your debt can be an empowering experience but it is not a walk in the park. A successful debt freedom journey is like a track in the mountain – your head must be right, you must be prepared, know the route and walk that walk. This post covers all important points about paying off debt fast and becoming debt-free, but it is not likely to be enough.” L-o-n-g but excellent article.

The seven habits that lead to happiness in old age. [The Atlantic] — “The best way to maximize your chances of happiness in your 70s is to pursue all seven of these goals with fervor, sort of like balancing your 401(k). But if you can choose only one to pour your heart into, let it be the last. According to the Harvard study, the single most important trait of happy-well elders is healthy relationships.”

Finally, here’s a fun video from 1973. It’s little Stevie Wonder performing “Superstition” live on Sesame Street. Great song. Great performance.

I always liked Stevie Wonder as a kid, but it’s not until I reached my fifties that I’ve learned to truly appreciate him. The man is funky as hell. Great musician.

Okay, that’s all I have for you today. I’ll be back tomorrow to see you into the weekend…