Hegwood Law - December 2018

IS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT REAL? What Your Eyes Can Tell You About Love

The idea of love at first sight is wonderfully romantic. Two strangers see each other across a crowded room. There's an instant, magnetic attraction, and suddenly they've found their match for all of eternity. In a world in which dating often requires a lot of work — work that comes with disappointment, rejection, and uncertainty — falling in love at first sight has strong appeal. But can it actually happen? Can your eyes tell you anything about love? The connection between the eyes and love has been described in poetry and prose since time immemorial — it’s the stuff of heroic epics and fanciful fairy tales. And evidence has increasingly shown that the human brain is hard-wired to both display and notice visual cues when gazing at a potential love interest. Enlarged pupils are one such cue. When you survey a person or object you are interested in, your brain releases a surge of dopamine — a chemical that controls the brain's reward and pleasure centers — which causes your pupils to dilate. In this sense, beauty really is “in the eye of the beholder.” In the last decade, researchers have determined that from a romantic and reproductive standpoint, both men and women are attracted to partners with bigger pupils. Studies demonstrate that when women are at their peak fertility, they might subconsciously be more attracted

to a person with sizable pupils because it could indicate a partner’s attraction to them. Likewise, researchers have reported that men seek out women with dilated pupils due to the association of larger pupils with youth and longevity. The connection between the eyes and enthrallment has inspired some of Shakespeare’s most iconic sonnets, and the science behind our eyes validates some of the Bard’s romantic claims. But does this connection between larger pupils and attraction

corroborate the idea of love at first sight? If you believe that attraction equates to true love, then absolutely. But if your definition of love requires a little more depth, then you may have to toss aside the idea of love at first sight and instead view your partner’s eyes as mere “windows” to their soul.


How the New Year Can Help With Financial Planning

Growing older is a fact of life, but as the new year rolls around, people often find themselves pondering their life journeys. Some follow the “new year, new me” adage that circulates on media platforms by setting resolutions and working hard to achieve them. Others sit back and reflect on the years that have passed by, feeling grateful for people and experiences. Whether you ring in the new year with goal-setting, self-reflection, or perhaps a mixture of both, this year in particular, our team here at Hegwood Law Group would like to encourage you to think about long-term care planning. These days, people are living longer. In fact, according to the Institute of Health Metrics, the average life-expectancy age all across the world increased by approximately 13 years from 1990 to 2013. But as the global average increases, it seems that families are becoming even less prepared to face the financial challenges of providing for

their medical care. We understand why this happens. The prospect of preparing for your own mortality seems strange and perhaps even slightly morbid. Nevertheless, proper preparation is important for both you and your family. Long-term planning addresses not only how you will pay for the kinds of medical support services you require as you age but also how you want to be taken care of, and by whom, in the event that you become incapacitated. We recommend that you start by assessing your finances, your health, and your family’s health history to get a feel for your expectations for the future. Then, you should have conversations with your loved ones about your wishes. Lastly, we recommend that you get in touch with an experienced long-term care planning attorney to discuss your financial options, such as long-term care insurance, nursing home Medicaid planning, asset protection, or VA benefits. All of our attorneys are well-versed in Texas law and will help you form a plan that matches your vision and ensure that it is all legally formalized. If you have further questions or want to discuss your options, give our office a call at 281-218-0880. Our team will help give you and your family some peace of mind this upcoming year.


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