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May 2007
U.S. $18.95 / $24.95 CAN
ISBN 978-0-7679-2278-4

Tommy Semosh

Winner 2007 Books for a Better Life Award
"MP does a great job of showing that when you have money and control of it you have choices, and the ability to fulfill the American dream - the pursuit of happiness."
— Dave Ramsey, Best-Selling Author of The Total Money Makeover
Does Your Money Make You Happy?

Do you sometimes feel that you'll never be happy until you earn more than you do right now—preferably a lot more?

While it's tempting to postpone joy as you wait and hope for greater wealth, award-winning personal finance columnist MP Dunleavey has a better idea: Learn to invest your money now in what truly makes you happy so you can enjoy a richer way of life now.

In Money Can Buy Happiness: How to Spend to Get the Life You Want, MP Dunleavey, a columnist for The New York Times and creator of the popular "Women in Red" series for MSN Money, makes the life-changing assertion that by spending your money on the lasting pleasures in life—e.g. by nurturing relationships, freeing yourself from worry and stress, reclaiming your time, building your health, exploring your self—you will not only see your stock of happiness rise, but financial sanity will follow.

Using a groundbreaking mix of happiness research, behavioral economics and solid personal finance advice, Dunleavey comes up with a fresh twist on a timeless theme, and proves that you can spend your money on a much happier, healthier, and far more satisfying way of life—and that yes indeed, money can buy happiness.
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How to Invest in Happiness

"There is a gigantic difference between earning a great deal of money and being rich."
— Marlene Dietrich
While it's true that you can't go to K-Mart, plunk down your Visa and get a lifetime supply of contentment-or good health, true love or even a nice day-that doesn't mean the old cliché that "money can't buy happiness" is true. We're so obsessed with the material goods money can buy that we've lost track of the fact that happiness is one of the most powerful things money can buy. And that's what this book is about.

First and foremost, I'd like you to see this as an investment book. Instead of focusing on bonds and mutual funds, I'm going to show you how to invest your time, energy and above all your money into your own long-term, tax-free, high-yield happiness.