What Money is For…

There was a time when there was no such thing as money. Seriously, imagine that! People invented money and they did it for a reason. The purpose of money was to facilitate trade. I have something you need but you don’t have something I need, so instead you give me something that represents value (money), […]

Money vs Resources and the Quest for Happiness

  Everyday millions of people ask a simple question: “How much is it?” They want something and they want to know how much it costs. By cost they mean how much money. In the quest for happiness, it may be wiser to to replace the word money with the word resources. Resources includes much more […]

Budgeting, Minimalism, & the Quest for Happiness

For most people budgeting is a chore. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were just a natural part of the flow of your life; something that happened without effort? Most people with balanced budgets have never put down on paper a written budget. There is a simple concept called “opportunity cost“, which in essence means […]

How to Quit Your Job

Humans are the only animal on the planet who trade their time for a paycheck. The other creatures sharing the planet approach life in a different way. They wake up, fill their bellies and then take the rest of the day off to hang with their friends and relax. Not us. We keeping working and […]

Better Than Money

You don’t really pay for the things you buy with money. You pay for them with the days of your life. Every time you make a purchase you commit yourself to time spent at work to make the money to pay for it. Do you ever ask yourself, “would I rather have this new coat […]

Victor Lebow: A Chilling Foretelling

For those of you who may not have read the now infamous and important statement by Victor Lebow written in the 1950s, I have presented it here. “Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our […]

The Hedonic Treadmill and the Endless Circle of Desire

Most of us are familiar with a phenomenon referred to as “The Hedonic Treadmill”. This occurs when there is something you really desire, maybe a new car, a new job, or a pay raise. We experience a short term rise in happiness when we finally achieve it. Sadly though, this doesn’t last. Soon, what was […]

Life is Finite. When You Truly Get This, You Truly Begin to Live.

We all talk about it. We all spout platitudes about it. Death. But there comes a point in our lives when we truly “get it”. It is a time of facing your own mortality. For some it comes with age. For some it comes from a brush with death. For others it is association with […]

How To Be Unhappy: Buy More Stuff

Look in your closet. Now imagine that every item in there had a string tied to it at one end and to you at the other. Now think of everything you own, in every room, closet, drawer, cupboard, and box, all with strings connecting you to them. Now try to walk away. There is an […]

G.R.O.S.S. = Get Rid Of Some Stuff

It’s funny how things come full circle. When I was younger, my life focused on acquisition. The list of things I wanted seemed endless. But as I became older and came to own more and more and more stuff, a funny thing happened…or didn’t happen. I didn’t become happier. I didn’t feel fulfilled. I didn’t […]