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Video: Are You an Over-Buyer or an Under-Buyer? (I'm an Under-Buyer.)

Posted Apr 20 2010 11:44am

For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven't officially signed up for the challenge -- this month’s focus is Money. The relationship between money and happiness is one of the most complicated and emotionally charged subjects within the larger issue of happiness. I really can't do justice to its complexities in such a short video. (For a more nuanced discussion, read Chapter Seven in the book !)

Last week’s resolution was to Beware the gym-membership effect . Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week, instead of proposing a resolution, I’m posing a question: Are you an under-buyer or an over-buyer? Me, I’m an under-buyer. It’s not particularly productive to be in too deep in either category; both offer certain advantages but also some definite drawbacks.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Quiz: Are you an over-buyer or an under-buyer?
Buy needful things.
Even though it's sometimes stressful to give gifts, turns out it's important to happiness.

If you're new, here’s information on the 2010 Happiness Challenge (or watch the intro video ). It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here . For more ideas, check out the Happiness Project site on Woman’s Day.

* A journalist whom I talked to a few years ago, and who recently read The Happiness Project , kindly sent me the link to her blog, A Walker in the Suburbs -- "'When everything else has gone from my brain...what will be left, I believe, is topology: the dreaming memory of land as it lay this way and that' -- Annie Dillard." Great stuff.

* Yesterday, I posted about my new ad that's running on TV! Check it out here ! Crazy. If you do have a chance to watch the ad, and you like it, it would be a great help if you'd press the "like" button on YouTube (it's the thumbs-up icon near the video's bottom left corner). Positive ratings gives a video extra oomph on YouTube.

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