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YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE HAPPY MP Dunleavey, personal finance columnist for the New York Times and creator of the award-winning “Women in Red” column on MSN Money, presents a radical new plan for attaining happiness—and it doesn’t involve taking money out of the equation. The secret to true and lasting contentment is learning how to spend your cash. Don’t just spend on—invest YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE HAPPY MP Dunleavey, personal finance columnist for the New York Times and creator of the award-winning “Women in Red” column on MSN Money, presents a radical new plan for attaining happiness—and it doesn’t involve taking money out of the equation. The secret to true and lasting contentment is learning how to spend your cash. Don’t just spend on—invest in yourself! Learn how to use your money to buy: More Time Less Stuff Better Health Stronger Relationships Greater Confidence Rewarding Hobbies Life-enhancing Skills Financial Security Peace of Mind How many times have you been told money can’t buy happiness? It’s time to abandon this old chestnut because money is a powerful tool, which can in fact buy you all of the things you never thought it could: peace of mind, a healthier lifestyle, more time to do the things you love, stronger relationships, security, and loads of fun. In a world where we’re bombarded with the temptations of conspicuous consumption, personal finance columnist MP Dunleavey presents an antidote to empty spending. Through quizzes, worksheets, real life examples, and sound financial advice, MP shows you how to stop throwing your money away on fleeting pleasures like the hot new designer handbag, or the biggest house on the block, and start investing in your own portfolio of happiness. Reallocating your assets to reflect what really satisfies you is the way to enjoy a life of true wealth. Money Can Buy Happiness is for anyone who believes finishing happy is more important than finishing rich.


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YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE HAPPY MP Dunleavey, personal finance columnist for the New York Times and creator of the award-winning “Women in Red” column on MSN Money, presents a radical new plan for attaining happiness—and it doesn’t involve taking money out of the equation. The secret to true and lasting contentment is learning how to spend your cash. Don’t just spend on—invest YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE HAPPY MP Dunleavey, personal finance columnist for the New York Times and creator of the award-winning “Women in Red” column on MSN Money, presents a radical new plan for attaining happiness—and it doesn’t involve taking money out of the equation. The secret to true and lasting contentment is learning how to spend your cash. Don’t just spend on—invest in yourself! Learn how to use your money to buy: More Time Less Stuff Better Health Stronger Relationships Greater Confidence Rewarding Hobbies Life-enhancing Skills Financial Security Peace of Mind How many times have you been told money can’t buy happiness? It’s time to abandon this old chestnut because money is a powerful tool, which can in fact buy you all of the things you never thought it could: peace of mind, a healthier lifestyle, more time to do the things you love, stronger relationships, security, and loads of fun. In a world where we’re bombarded with the temptations of conspicuous consumption, personal finance columnist MP Dunleavey presents an antidote to empty spending. Through quizzes, worksheets, real life examples, and sound financial advice, MP shows you how to stop throwing your money away on fleeting pleasures like the hot new designer handbag, or the biggest house on the block, and start investing in your own portfolio of happiness. Reallocating your assets to reflect what really satisfies you is the way to enjoy a life of true wealth. Money Can Buy Happiness is for anyone who believes finishing happy is more important than finishing rich.

30 review for Money Can Buy Happiness: How to Spend to Get the Life You Want

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    I make a living pimping out my spreadsheets and I'm pretty fluent in the commonly mysterious language of Finance. I'm also a person who has read her way around the financial self help section(or at least read the back covers) because I like the topic. By now it is painfully clear that that purchasing Starbucks daily is not good for my budget and that a good FICO score is the ultimate reason for living. I've read about the dangers of not properly allocating investments and the risk of waiting too I make a living pimping out my spreadsheets and I'm pretty fluent in the commonly mysterious language of Finance. I'm also a person who has read her way around the financial self help section(or at least read the back covers) because I like the topic. By now it is painfully clear that that purchasing Starbucks daily is not good for my budget and that a good FICO score is the ultimate reason for living. I've read about the dangers of not properly allocating investments and the risk of waiting too long to make financial decisions. But after all of the nagging about save/invest/plan/clip coupons/check your tire pressure, my brain is scrambled and fried. I picked up this book mainly for the 'happiness' part of the title than the 'money.' This is a good book to read if you're all numbered out and just want to know how to make the most of your dollars to get a good, happy life (aka a good return on investment). Dunleavy throws in a lot of finance language to justify how spending money when it makes you happy, makes a lot of sense. There's the usual advice about retirement and paying down debt but that's always a given. The best parts of this book are the parts that focus on happiness and evaluating if you (the reader) are using money for its intended purpose - happiness. Starbucks makes me happy so it's back...and I think my FICO score will be fine with it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou Hunley

    This book is much less worldly than it appears. One of the author's first suggestions-Quit buying so much stuff. She suggests instead that we use money as a tool and evaluate our lifesytles. She recommends using money to buy ourselves more rest and relaxation. Practical suggestions include working fewer hours or hiring a cleaning service to allow more time for rest and relaxation. I liked her input that we are much more fulfilled when we are pursuing goals and productive activities. (i,e, working This book is much less worldly than it appears. One of the author's first suggestions-Quit buying so much stuff. She suggests instead that we use money as a tool and evaluate our lifesytles. She recommends using money to buy ourselves more rest and relaxation. Practical suggestions include working fewer hours or hiring a cleaning service to allow more time for rest and relaxation. I liked her input that we are much more fulfilled when we are pursuing goals and productive activities. (i,e, working out at the gym is ultimately more satisfying than watching television.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    So nice I read it twice. I will read this book again a few more times in the coming years. I really like the exercises comparing what we say we value and what we say we want to do to how we actually spend our time and money.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A quick read that reminded me that while how much money we make doesn't affect how happy we are, what we do with that money makes all the difference. Happiness really is not having what you want but wanting what you have. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to analyze whether their spending habits align with their values. A quick read that reminded me that while how much money we make doesn't affect how happy we are, what we do with that money makes all the difference. Happiness really is not having what you want but wanting what you have. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to analyze whether their spending habits align with their values.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cooljoe815

    Great book. I have change my behavior because of it. I am less interested in material things and more interested in buying experience and time. I definitely recommended. I discover this book by Tim Ferris podcast where he says he is making more effort to spend time with his parents as they have so little time on the planet and we want to see them as often as possible.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendolyn Lea

    Self-awareness is the key to financial well-being. Practical beginner's book for people interested in discovering the alignment (or lack thereof) between the renewable resource of money and finite wellspring of time. Self-awareness is the key to financial well-being. Practical beginner's book for people interested in discovering the alignment (or lack thereof) between the renewable resource of money and finite wellspring of time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Madisen

    Very interesting with great real life tips!

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    Touches on investing, but its a great book to help you brainstorm the things in life that make you truly happy and shares insights on how to budget.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mihaela BROSCAREANU

    I need for read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I thought this was great! A quick, easy read. A lot of it is common sense. A lot of things I had already thought of. But I loved how the author focused on just simple things that we can do with whatever our financial resources are to increase our happiness. No excuses! If you are not happy I bet you could read this book and find out what you can do about it. Its about CREATING the life you want and not just passively spending your time and money in a way that you feel expected to, but that doesn I thought this was great! A quick, easy read. A lot of it is common sense. A lot of things I had already thought of. But I loved how the author focused on just simple things that we can do with whatever our financial resources are to increase our happiness. No excuses! If you are not happy I bet you could read this book and find out what you can do about it. Its about CREATING the life you want and not just passively spending your time and money in a way that you feel expected to, but that doesn't make sense for what you want out of your life. I highly recommend this read to anyone who is unhappy/stressed, anyone who wants to buy a house soon, anyone who has recently married. It can help you think about what you really want before you make long term financial decisions that could limit your possibilities later.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josh Kelly

    Bad title/marketing. This turned out to be a self-help book for people who aren't satisfied with their life and have a skewed concept of money. What was extra weird about it is that after Dunleavey finished with the whole "buy less stuff, spend money on time" thing, she spent a while talking about how to be happy. That was the strange part, an investment book by a financial columnist about how to be happy, disguised (by the title and back cover) as proof that a money driven life-style will make Bad title/marketing. This turned out to be a self-help book for people who aren't satisfied with their life and have a skewed concept of money. What was extra weird about it is that after Dunleavey finished with the whole "buy less stuff, spend money on time" thing, she spent a while talking about how to be happy. That was the strange part, an investment book by a financial columnist about how to be happy, disguised (by the title and back cover) as proof that a money driven life-style will make you happy? What lengths people will go to to get their book picked up off the shelf... I wouldn't have finished this book, except that it is very easy to skim.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dani Baxter

    This book is inspiring and motivates you to evaluate where you put your money. It is not, however, a really great personal finance book. It doesn't give too many specifics about how to manage your money, but rather a broader perspective of money in general. I'm glad I read this book even if it's not what I expected. This book is inspiring and motivates you to evaluate where you put your money. It is not, however, a really great personal finance book. It doesn't give too many specifics about how to manage your money, but rather a broader perspective of money in general. I'm glad I read this book even if it's not what I expected.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kenia Perez

    Very practical and useful. Takes you through the thought process of consciencly spending on things that will bring you *true* happiness, rather than just buying "stuff." If you've ever thought to yourself, "I'll be fine once I earn more money," or, "I'll be happy when I get that raise," I highly recommend it!! Very practical and useful. Takes you through the thought process of consciencly spending on things that will bring you *true* happiness, rather than just buying "stuff." If you've ever thought to yourself, "I'll be fine once I earn more money," or, "I'll be happy when I get that raise," I highly recommend it!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    NzingaMarie

    I liked it. This isn't the type of book you read if you want to totally change your financial life, but it is a good, quick read that gives you the basics of what you can do if you want to improve your quality of life. This is a pretty good starting point and you work your way up from here. I liked it. This isn't the type of book you read if you want to totally change your financial life, but it is a good, quick read that gives you the basics of what you can do if you want to improve your quality of life. This is a pretty good starting point and you work your way up from here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jim

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    Andrea

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaylie

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    Dianne Witkowski

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diana Sung

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  23. 4 out of 5

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    Michellerun

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Ehlers

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renu

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    Tara

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lara

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    Stacie

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