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The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

– Dalai Lama

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"


"For the love of money is the root of all evil."


"Money can't buy you happiness"


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

- Mahatma Gandhi







Let's see if money can buy you happiness.   What works, and what is counter productive? We will use Michael Norton's behavioral research on happiness and money as our jumping off point.   Norton is a professor at the Harvard Business school.  He is the co-author of:  Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending


Are you happy?



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  • Jorge


    The Journal of Happiness Studies published a study that explored this very topic:

    Participants recalled a previous purchase made for either themselves or someone else and then reported their happiness. Afterward, participants chose whether to spend a monetary windfall on themselves or someone else. Participants assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported feeling significantly happier immediately after this recollection; most importantly, the happier participants felt, the more likely they were to choose to spend a windfall on someone else in the near future.

    So spending money on other people makes us happier than buying stuff for ourselves.

    Helping others is what makes you happy, not giving them money.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Jorge

    I knew the whole "Money makes you happy experiment" was bull. Here's the real thing:

    If we go back to Shawn Achor’s book again, he says this about helping others:

    …when researchers interviewed more than 150 people about their recent purchases, they found that money spent on activities—such as concerts and group dinners out—brought far more pleasure than material purchases like shoes, televisions, or expensive watches. Spending money on other people, called “prosocial spending,” also boosts happiness.


    August 20, 2013

  • Roy S.

    Great group of people and a very good conversation. As usual Jim did a good job of moderating. Looking forward to the next Meetup I attend.

    July 12, 2013

  • Barbara

    This was a very good group. We could have gone on for hours - is that an example of happiness!? The gathering was well run. Members were respectful of each other. The
    discussion was lively and thoughtful. Great topic, one that could be revisited time and time

    July 12, 2013

  • ann

    The faucet in the bathroom just sprung a leak. The plumber thought he had it fixed two weeks ago..but!
    It's behind the tub faucets and if he cantnrepairbfrom the front part of the wall/fibre tub will have to come down. He will come Friday. Somsorry

    July 11, 2013

  • Yair M.

    I won't be able to join the discussion given work craziness but may look for y'all at Orleans later.

    July 11, 2013

  • SharonE

    Perhaps a venue than can accommodate more than 15 or so people might be considered?

    June 18, 2013

    • SharonE

      Point taken. 'Twas just a thought.

      June 18, 2013

    • Jim B

      We welcome suggestions for other venues to consider. Especially non-noisy locations where a conversation with a larger group would work. Please send me email with any suggestions. Thanks!

      June 18, 2013

  • Barbara

    Am I happy? I would be happier if I could get into this
    meetup! Does everyone get the notification about a new
    meetup at the same time? Then you would at least have a chance
    that you would be on the computer or a smartphone.

    I do not think of being happy. Happiness comes with too many
    expectations. I do think of wellness. Happiness is almost another
    consumer product. " I have a great job, successful children, a
    beautiful home, fashionable clothes, a creative garden - and
    I'm happy too!!! I am. I really am!"

    June 18, 2013

  • Al E

    The RSVP process favors people who are either have smartphones or are on computers all the time. While I am on computers once a day, by the time I log onto a computer the spaces are usually filled, often by people who half the time are not going to go, but just want the option of "maybe"going and either cancel at the last minute or do not show. Last minute cancellations don't help me as the day of the event or the evening before is too late for me to see the cancellations.

    May 19, 2013

  • Janet

    It would be nice if RSVPs weren't opened until the first invitation is sent to the group.

    May 19, 2013

  • Sylvia

    Hi Bill! Take a look at your settings for this group. I actually do get an invite when a new meetup is added. It could be that you don't have the box checked to be notified when a new meetup is added. Once you are getting notified, you will need to respond immediately because these are really popular. Take care.

    May 19, 2013

  • Bill T.

    Jim, I wanted to ask something on behalf of myself and the group. These meet ups are obviously extremely popular, and they obviously fill up very quickly. Most of the meet up groups that I belong to that have events fill up quickly, an email is sent out to the group mailing list, saying "you are invited to.....". But inquisitive minds doesn't do that, and I can't tell you how many very very cool meet ups I've had to sit on the wait list of, never to get a slot, because I first found out about a really cool meetup by actually visiting the groups page on meetup. There's got to be a better way. Would you consider sending out a mass email to group members letting us know when a new meetup is available? I just want a shot at actually getting a place at the table. Thanks, Bill

    May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bill - I always get an e-mail from this group stating that "you are invited to..." What I find is that other people tend to check their e-mail much more frequently than I do so they fill up almost as soon as the e-mail goes out.

      May 18, 2013

  • Barbara

    I asked to be on the wait list a few hours ago. Do I ask here also? How do we know if we are "wait listed?" This sounds like a stimulating
    group. Great topics!

    May 17, 2013

  • Barbara

    Can we really touch the word happy? Perhaps "wellness" is safer?
    Happiness is very subjective. Some mistake hedonism for happiness.
    Is happiness mostly a product of nature or nurture?
    It seems that most of the happiness gurus hit important points, but there always seems to be something missing. Is depression the
    opposite of happiness? I don't think so....

    May 17, 2013

  • Lorraine M.

    Waitlist me too, please, (if there is a waitlist).

    May 17, 2013

    • Jim B

      Waitlist added.

      1 · May 17, 2013

  • Lauri

    "People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made."
    -Joan Rivers

    2 · May 17, 2013

  • Tricia L.

    I also would like to go on the waitlist.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there going to be a waitlist?

    May 17, 2013

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