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'Cutting edge. Like stand-up comedians of science, Dunn and Norton take ordinary observations that everybody experiences and craftily distil them with a clarity that makes us laugh, and then makes us think.' -- Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational 'Lively and engaging. Happy Money isn't a purchase; it's an investment-and a shrewd one at that.' Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness 'Many books have been written to tell you how to make money, save money, and invest money. Now there's a book that can tell you how to spend it. Wisely.' Chip Heath, co-author of Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work 'Wise and entertaining... Dunn and Norton provide practical and well-evidenced insights for all of us, from individuals, to communities, to governments.' David Halpern, Behavioural Insight Team, No 10, and author of The Hidden Wealth of Nations 'An interesting and breezily written book, full of fun anecdotes and behavioural research... Money may not be able to buy you happiness but purchasing this book might just help steer you in the right direction.' Financial Times 'Packed with tips to help wage slaves as well as lottery winners... people will come away from this book believing it was money well spent.' The Economist 'A small investment in this invaluable book could be worth its weight in gold... combine[s] a witty, conversational style with a dazzling depth of research... Whether you have lots of money or are on a tight budget, this may change how you look at your life - for the better.' Daily Mail 'Dunn and Norton are enthusiastic and engaging writers... and they are careful to back up their recommendations with citations to the relevant academic literature.' Times Higher Education 'Show your money worries the door with this practical and fascinating read.' Healthy magazine 'How to spend smarter? Read this book!-a rare combination of informed science writing, rollicking good fun, and practical pointers for a more flourishing and compassionate life.' -- David G. Myers, author of The Pursuit of Happiness

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Elizabeth Dunn is an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At age twenty-six, she was featured as one of the "rising stars" across all of academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her work has been featured in top academic journals, including two recent papers in Science, and in hundreds of media outlets worldwide. Michael Norton is an associate professor of marketing at Harvard Business School. His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue. In 2012, he was selected for Wired magazine's Smart List as one of "50 People Who Will Change the World."

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In a nutshell there 5 'things' which make us happy:1. Buy Experiences
1. Experience
2. Make it a Treat
3. Buy Time
4. Pay Now, Consume Later
5. Invest in Other
Now you don't have to read the book because the authors just quote one survey/study after another without giving explanations or debating on it.
Very boring.
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Wichtige Erkenntnis des Werkes -- investiert Euer Geld lieber in schöne Erlebnisse als in materielle Dinge. Die Freude am neuen Auto ist schneller verflogen, als die tolle Erfahrung!
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This is the first book ever, that I feel I have to review: I truly useful book, how to spend your money to great advantage. Your advantage and others' as well.
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The book arrived before expected which is very good. The book cover and the inside pages are in perfect state
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HASH(0x9f969090) von 5 Sternen Not What I Expected, But I Like It. 7. September 2013
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The title, "Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending", gave me the impression that this was another book about clipping coupons and recycling cereal boxes. Cynically, I opened it up.

The first sentence of the prologue shattered that preconception immediately. This book aims squarely for the "money can't buy happiness" idiom, with the idea that it can...if utilized properly.

Not in the usual ways, either. It's not necessarily how much you spend, or saving tons of cash for a rainy day so you feel more secure about the future.

There are five principles that can lead to monetary happiness:

1. Buy Experiences
2. Make it a Treat
3. Buy Time
4. Pay Now, Consume Later
5. Invest in Others

"Buy Experiences" essentially means to spend money on memorable experiences instead of expensive toys, because you are able to relate to those experiences on an emotional level for much longer that with objects.

I had actually utilized this concept myself recently. I had come into a small inheritance, and instead of paying down bills like we had originally planned, we splurged on our first real family vacation to the beach. My son still talks about going back, and thoughts of that time together still spark warm feelings.

"Make It A Treat" focuses on the concept of overconsumption creating a weakening of the enjoyment factor. If you have something every day, even if it's something you love, it becomes routine rather than fully enjoyable.

I discovered this when for budgeting reasons, I stopped buying coffee house specialty drinks and made coffee at home. Once in a while I'd get a gift card or decide to splurge, and those moments took me back to the first time I'd tasted one, and it was always an amazing sensation. They explain why that is in detail, and it's fascinating. I plan to apply this to other aspects of my life, now that I'm aware of it.

"Buy Time": The idea that you make life decisions that allow you to have more free time. I'm a busy mom, so Multitask is my middle name. Suggestions include outsourcing unnecessary tasks, like housecleaning. Much as I'd love to do that, it's not possible. But I do have an example of my own.

We instituted "Takeout Wednesdays", where my husband is responsible for bringing home dinner every Wednesday. That gives me free time I can plan on, and lets me get things done AND get down time.

"Pay Now, Consume Later" was a fascinating concept. In society today, we're more apt to do the reverse, thanks to credit cards. Essentially, it's sort of like half the fun of a roadtrip is getting there. When consummation is delayed, from something as simple as eating candy to attending an event, the enjoyment is increased. When something's already paid for, if enough time passes, it seems "free" when it's actually consumed.

I've personally seen this in action when I backorder things online, like books, video games and DVDs. It's almost like a prize coming in the mail, because the actual payment process is dim in my memory. I've also stashed candy away for until the kids are asleep, and it always tastes even better then. (Don't judge me. (.:)

Last concept: Invest In Others. This hits on how donating or spending money on others feels better than buying things for yourself. I totally got with this chapter, because I deal with that scenario all the time.

An example: Recently, I had a friend give me two free product coupons for a very expensive brand of bread. I was picking mine out, and a lady next to me mentioned she loved it, but it was too expensive. I tapped her on the shoulder and gave her one of the coupons. The free item would have given me pleasure, but giving it away gave me a great feeling that still lingers.

Toys and goodies are great, but doing onto others is incredible.

This was an easy and fun read...I liked the authors' (Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton) writing style. It reminded me of sitting around with friends over coffee and chatting. I had never read anything like it, and really thought it was original.

I already embrace these principles on some level, but look forward to applying them to more of my life choices, and seeing my money make me happier. It'll have a permanent place on my bookshelf...and in my bathroom! (But that's another chapter.)

I received a complimentary copy from BzzAgent in exchange for my review.
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HASH(0x9f96909c) von 5 Sternen It's up to you to make it stick 16. Juni 2013
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So does "Happy Money" do what the exuberant book description claims?

Yes--but only if you actively implement the five principles it introduces.

Each chapter contains one principle, scientific research, anecdotes (some of which were very intriguing), and suggestions. The authors do a good job of explaining why each principle makes sense, and gives you some ideas on how to do it yourself.

And "Smart Money" is written in a conversational, mildly entertaining way. It reads like a fun magazine article, so it's easily digestible. But it's not just fluff; there are about 20 pages worth of notes in the back. However, it's also peppered with too many cheesy jokes for my taste, and the authors frequently refer to themselves, though not necessarily in an egotistical way. (Sometimes they share anecdotes from their own lives, hence the references to "Mike" and "Liz.")

But is the book revolutionary?

No. Most if not all of the principles are things you already know (e.g. giving to others makes you feel good). But the authors manage to explore each idea in depth, so you still end up learning more about it. And they give you feasible ideas on how to get things done (e.g. donate to

What I appreciated about the book was that it drew to light some things we take for granted, e.g. commute times. And it has actually made me rethink the way I choose to spend cash.

Following the principles in this book is worth a shot; it seems like they'll make you happier, though you won't be able to measure by how much.

I only wish the authors had put some kind of recap, preferably with bullet points, at the end of every chapter. Sometimes I would get so caught up in the stories and experiments that I would lose track of what advice I was supposed to glean from them. Direct suggestions, also with bullet points, would have been nice, too. Rather than being patronizing to the reader, such summaries would make things even clearer and reinforce the most important ideas.

Also, I recommend reading The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, which is a little more put together and includes summaries.
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HASH(0x9f969798) von 5 Sternen Happy Money Review 18. August 2013
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I had mixed feelings about 'Happy Money' after finishing it. First of all its a really easy read; I think almost anyone could read it and follow the logic. Despite it easy readability, I was a bit underwhelmed by the writing style. It reads more like a length college research paper, rather than a how-to guide book. Although, given that both the authors are college professors the writing style can't be a huge surprise. If I think back upon how many times I felt annoyed by all the alliteration and the repeated use of the same phrase I might not be so inclined to recommend this book to others.

With that said, I do think that there is value in the five spending principals that are outlined in the book (perhaps extensively so). The concepts are not altogether foreign, but some of them do engage you to take a second and think about whether or not you've been applying this principal in your own life. Before reading this book, I thought I might get some validation as to how effective my own spending habits are. In my own opinion, I do think that I am good at saving and managing money. I recently paid off the entirety of my student loan debt, which was about +/- $20k. The schedule of my loan payments were allotted to take up to 10 years, but I paid off the entire sum in about 3 years. My own thoughts about 'happy money' involve the reduction or elimination of debt. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't much discussion of this in the book. Dunn and Norton offer spending principals that are simple and straightforward; but perhaps do not address an underlying concern that most Americans contemplate daily; which is how do we 'manage' our money for our lifestyle (i.e. where do we save, reduce, spend, and invest our money). There is no need to dispute that buying an experience you'll enjoy, allowing yourself to savor the occasional treat, minimizing the time you spend on mundane daily tasks, paying up front for goods/ services, and investing in the people/programs you believe in will make you feel happy. What I really want to know is once I've supposedly spent all of this 'happy money' where does that leave my overall finances? I'm not sure if this question was fully answered in 'Happy Money'. Did I select the best mortgage rate? Did I produce any significant growth towards my retirement? Topics like mortgage rates and retirement assets are unexciting to begin with, but they are important to think about. I think a big part of feeling comfortable with how you spend your 'happy money' comes from knowing where your 'overall money' stands.

On a more promising note, I was intrigued to read about the many companies and charitable organizations around the world that are making a difference to better humanity. This supplied a good group of references to consider when working on Step 5, Invest in Others.
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HASH(0x9f969ba0) von 5 Sternen If you want some guidance on spending, read this book 3. Juni 2014
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This is a hilarious book with so many good lessons (and reminders) about how to spend money.

Here are a few of my favorite clips:
--Taking a job that requires an hour-long commute each way has a negative effect on happiness similar in magnitude to not having a job at all.

--There is a danger to time-saving products. Their widespread availability may spur us to buy things, from two-in-one shampoo to the McSalad Shaker, that are designed to shave minutes off activities we might otherwise enjoy, like taking hot showers and eating fresh food.

--People who feel pressed for time have difficulty staying in the moment.

--People who feel they have plenty of free time are more likely to exercise, do volunteer work, and participate in other activities that are linked to increased happiness.
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HASH(0x9f969c00) von 5 Sternen What a chore... 16. September 2013
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This book was a chore to read. I am an incredibly fast reader and this book took me weeks to get through. I found the writing style to be incredibly obnoxious. The colloquial, chatty, buddy-buddy style of writing is occasionally okay and bearable, but this was an epic fail. That alone was enough to turn me off the book, but I also found it to be poorly organized. There were five main chapters, and there were divided into subheadings with a case study and typically research to reinforce the message. There was just too much in every chapter and it started to feel very repetitive. There were so many studies that it felt overwhelming. I also started to feel as though a study could be found to back up any point they wanted to make. The overall themes were generally good, but I think the ways in which people gain the most happiness from spending money is intensely personal.

1. Buy Experiences
2. Make it a Treat
3. Buy Time
4. Pay Now, Consume Later
5. Invest in Others

Maybe for some people it is a great decision to spend $200k on a space trip. I know that would not be a good use of my $200k. I can unequivocally state that I find it much more important to live in a house that for many others would likely be deemed as over the top and beyond the bare necessity of what you need in your house to be happy. I also know for my husband, driving a luxury car on his long commute makes all the difference in the world. That said, I think there were some good takeaways, and that there ultimately needs to be some tweaking to fit your lifestyle. We do not spend money solely to make ourselves happy. We spend money to invest, to have security, etc. What I mostly gained from the book is to reign in my expectations of the happiness certain things will bring me and to fully appreciate other smaller things, which might otherwise fall by the wayside. I think we also have to examine the idea of "happiness," but that is another topic entirely.

Ultimately, this book had some good ideas, but it would have tremendously benefitted from a more straightforward writing style and clearer organization. The main tenets also should have been reduced to a more digestible form.
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