All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth

All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth

by Laura Vanderkam
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth

All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth

by Laura Vanderkam


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The universal lament about money is that there is never enough. We spend endless hours trying to figure out ways to stretch every dollar and kicking ourselves whenever we spend too much or save too little. For all the stress and effort we put into every choice, why are most of us unhappy about our finances? According to Laura Vanderkam, the key is to change your perspective. Instead of looking at money as a scarce resource, consider it a tool that you can use creatively to build a better life for yourself and the people you care about. Drawing on the latest happiness research as well as the stories of dozens of real people, Vanderkam offers a contrarian approach that forces us to examine our own beliefs, goals, and values.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591846253
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and the runaway hit ebook What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their three children.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: You Have More Money Than You Think 1

Chapter 1 What Else Could That Ring Buy? 15


Chapter 2 Don't Scrimp More, Make More 35

Chapter 3 Rethink Retirement 60


Chapter 4 Laughing at the Joneses 85

Chapter 5 The Best Weekend Ever 109

Chapter 6 The Marginal Cost of Children 123

Chapter 7 The Chicken Mystique 141


Chapter 8 The Selfish Joy of Giving 161

Chapter 9 Another Way to Invest 183

All the Money in the World

Chapter 10 Ode to a Ziploc Bag 203

The How to Buy Happiness Handbook 219

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 229

Index 241

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Laura Vanderkam explains how we can get the most happiness bang for our buck, right here and now, in the way we live our ordinary lives.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“If you have been awake for the last five years, then you know money is emotional. Most of the time we make these massively important decisions about how to earn it, spend it, and save it without pausing to think about how these decisions affect our lives. Laura Vanderkam brings a fresh dose of common sense to this madness by urging us to step back and reexamine the role money plays in our lives. Unlike most personal finance books, which leave you feeling stressed, All the Money in the World will empower you to live a truly richer life.”
—Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Way to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money

“With extensive research and rare insight, Laura Vanderkam reveals the financial mind-set that can lead to lasting happiness.”
—Zac Bissonnette, author of Debt-Free U and New York Times bestseller How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

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