Weekend Reading: Money and Happiness

money can't buy happinessIn today’s weekend reading I’m sensing a bit of a pattern. It’s the little things that matter. Most of life is mundane but making the most of the commonplace is what sets people apart. Do money and happiness have any correlation? What about technology and happiness? I hope you are as encouraged (and challenged) by these articles as I was.

Facebook Use Predicts Decline in Happiness – University of Michigan - “But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result – it undermines it.” Hmmm, maybe I’ll make a commitment to using social media less. By the way, Facebook isn’t real life. People publish the best things about themselves. They upload their “fun” pictures. It makes you think that your life isn’t very awesome. That isn’t true though. Maybe we could all use a little Facebook break. What do you think?

10 (Amazing) Free Thing In Life – Budgets are Sexy - We easily forget that the best things in life are free. The University of Michigan study above helps prove this. Technology can’t buy happiness. Money and happiness have very little correlation. Make an attempt this weekend to appreciate those beautiful free things around you this weekend.

Radically Redefine ‘Necessary’ Spending – Afford Anything - How rich are you? Paula says that you are only as rich as your discretionary income. I totally agree. She also remarks about how not living life to the point of being maxed out has positive effects in her personal life. Also agreed. Doing well with saving really can have incredible benefits.

The Surprising Effect of Small Efforts over Time – Mr. Money Mustache – I far too often approach life with a “want it now” mentality. You probably do too. It’s easy to forget that a series of small efforts, working day by day towards something bigger, really does pay off. Thanks MMM.

Oh, and if you could take a few seconds of your time to vote for my little blog for a Plutus award I would greatly appreciate it. Just click here and type in my blog’s url (www.saveoutsidethebox.com) I’m up for an award in the first category: “Best New Personal Finance Blog.” Thanks a lot.

Have a great weekend!

[photo courtesy of Andrew]

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    August 18, 2013

    Love the sentiment, “you are only as rich as your discretionary income.” I absolutely agree.
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    August 18, 2013

    Hey, thanks Joel!! That rocks!!
    Paula / Afford Anything recently posted…How Many Hours of Your Life Did That Cost?My Profile

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