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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - or something more at play here?

http://www.fastcompany.com/1817649/how-the-happiest-people-in-the-world-spend-their-money

Be more mindful about what your money could buy. Make purchases that improve your happiness. For many, that means spending on experiences, not things. Using the example of the money we have traditionally paid for expensive engagement rings and weddings, Vanderkam calculates how many trips, periodic bouquets of flowers, date nights, babysitters, and hours of housecleaning that money could buy over the years. These are services and experiences that, in the long run, could bring more enjoyment to a couple than a big ring and wedding.

Thanks for catching this, +Ali Adelstein. Interesting looking book, from +Laura Vanderkam.
 
How The Happiest People In The World Spend Their Money

There is a new book from +Laura Vanderkam about how much money is enough, and how to derive more joy from what we have by using it wisely. For many, that means spending on experiences, not things!

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money” - Pablo Picasso

People can feel trapped by their careers--whether it's because they're earning too little, are waiting for a big payout, or have grown accustomed to a certain lifestyle. Laura Vanderkam's new book, All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, offers a new approach to finances for a modern, more flexible reality.

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This is also my personal experience, I am looking forward to read this book...
 
Yes, I agree. I'm intrigued about learning more.

Starting with who you are & what your gifts are, leveraged into strengths, is why the coaching industry has taken off as it has. Happiness not tied to external, other-defined means of success, and tied to what bring you joy & energy = success.
 
My wife, +CJ Liu, is a coach (in addition to having a radio show) as well, +Deborah Nystrom, and my guess is that this would be her experience working with the many people she has.
 
It would be great to have her comment. It's a stretch for people to let go of norms that create unhappiness and an artificial sense of success (referencing their own sensibilities), especially when it really doesn't satisfy. Often it just satisfices, a hollow endeavor. Seeing someone bloom in a sustainable way is one of the greatest joys I experience in the field.
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Hi +Deborah Nystrom Agree with you completely. I know a lot of rich people that are not happy. I think one of the biggest issues is that often people don't prioritize happiness or even know what makes them happy.
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Yes agree +Deborah Nystrom . It's oddly not an easy question to answer either "what makes you happy"? I think we over THINK this question a lot versus knowing it at a heart level (the most ignored of all).
 
Love this. Last Christmas I made a point to ask for experiences (preferably shared) rather than material gifts from friends & family. I blogged about it, too, which really showed which of my friends were reading. :) Experiences, especially captured in photos and stories, last a lifetime. Stuff--not so much.
 
+Shelly Immel making connection through meaningful (and mindful) shared experience lasts. I so agree! Beauty in experience is hard to advertise. "Let the beauty we love be what we do." ~ Rumi and "Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness."
~ D. H. Lawrence
 
+Deborah Nystrom - Sing it, sister! Rumi = experiential love master. timeless. And how can you not groove on D.H. Lawrence?
 
+Shelly Immel Yessah! "I SING the Body electric;. The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them;. They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them..." Experience via Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass ~ also relates to social media quite nicely, I believe.
 
You two are cracking me up with your mutual awesomeness!

Seriously. You got me all revved up!
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+Deborah Nystrom +Shelly Immel Just interviewed a guy yesterday who's whole life is about love and living from that place with every interaction. It's taken him to some of the most dark, mysterious, and beautiful places. His whole life is a meditation. He doesn't make money. He doesn't do work. He gets grants. Anyways, it's been nice to see a live person living this moment to moment. It was inspiring to me.
 
+CJ Liu Mindfulness like what you've described, with a livelihood from grants, sounds wonderful. Those who provide grants to him seem to be supporting something quite extraordinary. Inspiration like this holds out hope for all of us.
 
+CJ Liu - sounds fascinating. It's not a life many of us could pursue. And it's not a pursuit many of us could find financial support to take up--not that you need so much if you're not pursuing more of everything all the time. Looking forward to hearing it.
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+Shelly Immel and +Deborah Nystrom It was an interesting interview. As can be expected he proved himself to be a mere human like the rest of us, which is nice. However, he never copped to it.. which the cynical part of me feels less authentic. I still find his life and his mission interesting.
 
+CJ Liu - sometimes the things we learn are not the things the other person wants to teach us. That's part of what makes conversations interesting!
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