Balance: How to Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health, and Wealth

Balance: How to Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health, and Wealth

by Andrew Hallam
Balance: How to Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health, and Wealth

Balance: How to Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health, and Wealth

by Andrew Hallam


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Stop chasing money and start redefining success

Sure, money is important. And yes, it can make you happy—but only up to a point. The truth is, science has shown that we each have a set point that links our earnings with happiness; go beyond that point, and your happiness ceases to increase with income.

In this illuminating guide to living a financially healthier, and happier, life, bestselling author and financial journalist Andrew Hallam demonstrates how you can optimize your income for maximum happiness by investing responsibly and living according to your values. You’ll find tips for using robo investors, insights for investing in socially responsible funds, and how to craft a personal budget that aligns your spending with what you hold most dear.

Drawing on behavioural science, evidence-based investing, and environmental science, he shows you how to start framing success in a way that actually brings happiness, not stress, into your life—by balancing your money, connection, health, and purpose.

Whether you’re a broke teenager, a middle-aged millionaire or someone who hopes to retire on a shoestring, we all have one thing in common: we want to enjoy our lives. That means living better and laughing more. It means caring for the environment and helping our children to succeed—while defining “success” the way we really should.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781774580752
Publisher: Page Two Books, Inc.
Publication date: 01/18/2022
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,060,387
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

When Andrew Hallam isn’t fighting off mosquitoes in tropical jungles, cycling up a mountain with his wife during a downpour or trying to drive to Argentina in a van, he’s speaking and writing about happiness and personal finance. The former high school teacher wrote the international best-selling books, Millionaire Teacher and Millionaire Expat. Profiled on such media as CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, he’s the first person to have a #1 selling finance book on Amazon USA, Amazon Canada and Amazon UAE. He has written columns for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, MoneySense, Swissquote and AssetBuilder. You can access his website at

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Grim Reaper Asks 7

What Do You Value More, Your Stuff or Your Life?

2 Would You Say No To A High-Paying Job? 25

Binding Happiness, Health, income, and Location

3 Your Real Superpower 39

Building Social Relationships to Live Better and Longer

4 Who Are You Going To Follow? 55

Learning from Gratitude

5 Afford Anything, But Not Everything 73

Spending Decisions That Are Worth a Million Dollars

6 Bathrooms and the Markets 83

Daily Routines That Help You Make Money

7 Don't let a Financial Advisor Pour Water in Your Trumpet 103

Hidden Fees Drown Out Returns

8 Set It and Forget It 123

Hands-Off Investing Boosts Happiness and Profits

9 How Well Do You Know Yourself? 151

The Challenge of Picking a Portfolio Allocation That Will Keep You on Track

10 Happy Planet, Happy People 169

Socially Responsible Investing and Spending Can Help Save the Planet

11 From Little Acorns… 195

Helping Your Children Succeed

12 Rethink Retirement 217

Boost Well-Being and Longevity in Your Golden Years

Conclusion 231

Acknowledgments 233

Appendix 235

Notes 239

Index 257

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