Trust me when I tell you that six-figure jobs aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. I had one and quickly demoted myself. So did the blogger that I’m about to feature in today’s post – only, this blogger wishes to remain anonymous. So, no links back to their blog. And without further … Continue reading I lost my six-figure income and I’m much happier
Many of us in the personal finance community have written about the fallacy of buying happiness, arguing that it simply cannot be done. While true in many ways, one remarkable study finds that happiness can be bought with money, so long as we’re not spending that money on ourselves. The study is three years old … Continue reading Turns out we can buy happiness, but not in the way you think
One of my favorite articles that I have ever read comes from Mark Manson, a guy who notoriously gives it to us straight without regard to political correctness or emotional attachment. One might say that he truly doesn’t give a shit. But on the other hand, he clearly does, and this paradox is fascinating. His … Continue reading Why happiness is cloaked in not giving a shit
Throughout my career, I’ve worked for a variety of organizations. Fresh out of college as an eager young lad, I started in a huge 70,000+ person multi-national corporation. I then worked for a small, 30-ish person startup before quitting and joining a not-for-profit organization in the healthcare industry. And today, I work for a startup-turned-big-boy-company … Continue reading Jobs are funny things, and so is quitting!
As many of our readers know, Steve and I are planning our futures to get us out of our daily work grind and into a life of more freedom and joy. My mantra, “I want to live the life I want.” Not the life I’ve fallen into, or that’s been chosen by others, or that society dictates.
Obviously this plan involves a process of becoming financially free and deciding what it is we want to do. For me the financially free part is easy. We have our budget and we’re sticking to it. Math and numbers follow the rules. I know that if we stick to budget we’ll meet our financial goals by the end of 2018, so I have no worries on that front. Continue reading “What makes me Happy? What brings me Joy?”
Though I preach endlessly about the merits of happiness and how independent those merits are from money alone, I do believe that money CAN buy a certain level of happiness – or what I like to call your “happiness number”. How much money do you think it takes to truly buy happiness before we hit the point of diminishing returns? Can this actually get measured?
According to several research studies, it can, and it ain’t that much.