The surprise hit word puzzle game Wordle just might be the perfect pandemic distraction we didn’t know we needed.  Not since Netflix's Squid Game has something so swiftly taken over the collective consciousness.  Even if you haven’t yet played the game you’ve probably seen your friend’s Facebook walls being taken over by little green and yellow tiles, aka Wordle results. 

For the uninitiated, Wordle is a mobile puzzle game you can only play once a day.  Every day a different five letter word is used and you have six chances to guess what it is. After each guess, the color of the tiles change to show how close your guess was to the word, green tiles indicate that the guessed letter was in the right position, yellow means that the letter appears elsewhere in the word, and grey tiles indicate the letters are not included.

The game started out as a thoughtful gift Brooklyn software developer, Josh Wardle, made for his word game-loving partner. Wordle, of course, being a play on his name. This little gift was then placed in a family Whatsapp group.  After family members became obsessed, he released it to the world and it now has more than a million players a day*.  In just a few months 1 in 5 millennials are already playing it on a daily basis.  The game is such a smash success The New York Times just agreed to buy the game for a handsome yet undisclosed seven-figure sum.

With that in mind here are some 5-letter life insurance-related terms that might serve as some inspiration if you’re drawing a blank on your next round of Wordle:

1.     AGENT:  New York Life agents have always been there for policy-owners in all of our communities, did you know the modern agency model has origins going back to 1903?  To find out more about becoming a New York Life financial professional, visit our Careers page.

2.     RIDER:  An attachment or amendment to an insurance policy, generally one that expands or adds benefits, some at additional cost (such as Disability Waiver of Premium Rider or Accidental Death Benefit provisions).

3.     MONEY:  Whether you’re saving for retirement, a new home, or planning for your child's college expenses, you’ll need a clear investment strategy.

4.     MARRY: Just married? Follow these tips for becoming better financially prepared as Newlyweds.

5.     WHOLE: New York Life’s whole life insurance is for those looking for lifetime protection with added benefits.

6.     GOALS: It’s never too late to get started identifying your short and long-term goals to help build momentum and confidence in your financial outlook.  Our recent Wealth Watch Survey indicates only 1 in 4 adults report feeling on track towards a desired financial goal or lifestyle. Human guidance from a financial professional can provide the personalized advice each generation seeks to progress closer to achieving their goals.

7.     COVID: Ok, admittedly it’s not a life insurance term but New York Life has created a center for COVID-19 information and insights about getting through the pandemic, financially and mentally.

Much like in Wordle, that first move you make in choosing a life insurance company can be crucial in your outcome down the line.  New York Life is proud to be there for you, whatever your next move in life may be.

 

*As of January 24, 2022 https://morningconsult.com/2022/01/20/wordle-millennials


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