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Today is Giving Tuesday, a day designated to promote donations to charitable organizations. Donating to charity is first and foremost an act of altruism. The tax code rewards such acts. The tax code allows those who itemize to deduct donations to qualified charitable organizations....

Big, unexpected events commonly trigger strong emotional reactions. The wiring in our brains triggers us to quickly respond to new stimuli. The initial course of action is often the wrong one when we’re not in physical danger. This is particularly the case when it comes to...