October 13, 2013

Revisiting the Question of Whether Money Buys Happiness

One point I’ve talked about frequently on The Simple Dollar was whether money can buy happiness. In the past, I’ve subscribed strongly to the evidence proposed by author Daniel Gilbert in his book Stumbling on Happiness where he claims that an income level above $40,000 does not actually increase a person’s happiness to any noticeable degree. […]

The Challenge of Following Advice

Whenever I read a personal finance book, I’m struck by how hard some of the steps seem and how easy other steps seem. There are some things that just seem like normal behavior to me, while others seem almost insurmountable. Whenever I see a new exercise routine, I find that some of the exercises are really easy to do and others are very hard to do. […]

Can rappers be frugal?

Claes BellMaking good financial decisions is hard — if it was easy, everyone would do it. I’m a big believer in finding motivation and wisdom in the art I choose to consume, including music. So I’m going to start highlighting music I think has something smart or interesting to say about money. Today’s Bank Notes highlights [...]Can rappers be frugal? […]

Reader Stories: How a healthy lifestyle saved my money and my life

This Reader Story comes from Gunnar, a filmmaker, a computer geek, a traveler and most recently an entrepreneur, who has launched the blog Wosla to inspire others to get healthy and save money. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. […]