Money = happiness, yo.

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Could money be the key to happiness? It may not lead to true fulfillment, but it does provide you with a way to meet your basic needs and lay a foundation for future happiness.

If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the bottom two pieces of the pyramid generally include items that require at least some financial resources.

So, can you spend money, be happy, and move forward with your life? Here’s how to make it work.

 

Concepts

  • Spend money, be happy? Maybe it’s more about staving off complete misery.
  • What you need to think about when it comes to subsistence.
  • Once you reach a certain point, more money doesn’t add to your happiness.
  • You are more likely to spend money, be happy when you spend on other people.
  • Figure out what you value and what makes you happy and focus spending on those things.
  • Money can also be used as a resource to help you pay for what you need and some of what you want.
  • Be careful of using money as a status symbol. You are far more likely to be miserable when it’s a means of keeping score.

Here are some cool money quotes:

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul” – Democritis, the ancient philosopher

“It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.” — Albert Camus, early 20th Century philosopher

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has, the more one wants.” — Benjamin Franklin

This week’s DO NOWs focus on helping you take a closer look at your relationship to money. We talk about writing down your feelings about money, reviewing your spending to see if it follows your values, and identifying spending that doesn’t make you happy or provide things you need.

This week’s listener question looks at how whether or not earning more money will really make you happy. The spend money, be happy situation is further explored in our answers.

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$75,000 a year might be the perfect salary.

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Is your unconscious mind dragging your finances down? Outsmart your brain when it comes to money.

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Show Notes

This week, we don’t have a video, but we do have a great discussion with guest Emily Guy Birken. We talk about behavioral economics and the ways we get hung up with our money.

What’s keeping you down? What’s contributing to your poor financial habits? We get into the nitty-gritty of what happens when our minds get in the way. And we talk about how to overcome financial fears and stresses and make better money choices.

Emily Guy Birken is the author of End Financial Stress Now, a book about improving your financial outlook, no matter your situation.

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The job of your dreams might not be what you think. And you might not need “traditional” schooling to get it.

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The unemployment rate for millennials is higher than the national average – much higher.

So, what can you do when you’re trying to find the job that’s right for you? Will you get the job you want?

The first step is figuring out whether or not the “traditional” path is the right one for you. Next, it’s a good idea to know what skills are in demand. See if one matches your needs.

In this episode, we look at why it’s hard for millennials to find a job, and address what they can do to beat the odds.

 

Concepts

  • Overview of some of the reasons millennials struggle to find the job for them.
  • The realities of a “traditional” college education and whether or not it prepares grads for the workplace.
  • Is it really harder for millennials? (Hint: probably yes.)
  • Where to go to find a job that works for you.
  • How to network more effectively.
  • The importance of being open to unusual opportunities.
  • Looking for purpose in your job.
  • The role of entrepreneurship in creating your own job.

This week’s DO NOWs are all about how to find the job that’s right for you by starting with your expectations. Write down what you expect from a job. Be realistic. Do you expect too much from a job?

Also, use this time to think about what you want to accomplish with work. Do you have a preference for a company with a mission? Do you hope for career development?

This week’s listener question deals with helping your boss understand the importance of flexibility and providing workplace options.

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Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.
This is the real reason graduates can’t get hired.
Employers don’t think college grads are ready for the real world.
Baby boomers think millennials have it tough.

 

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Don’t believe the hype. You really can be friends with members of the opposite sex. You just need to see other people as, you know, people.

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Is it really possible to be friends with the opposite sex?

Believe it or not, we think it is. Otherwise, how would our relationship work for this podcast?

In this week’s episode, we look at society’s expectations for our friendships based on gender stereotypes. We also tackle the issue of being attracted to your opposite-sex friends.

 

Concepts

  • A look at the differences in how men and women see their opposite-sex friends.
  • Changing perspectives on being friends with the opposite sex.
  • Gender as a social construct and not a binary.
  • How to focus less on biology and more on human connections.
  • Tips for managing being friends with the opposite sex and your S.O.
  • Moving on after you acknowledge (at least to yourself) that there is some level of attraction.
  • What it’s like to have a bestie of the opposite sex.

It’s a little awkward with the Do Nows this week. Do you really need to go on a quest to be friends with the opposite sex? Does it really matter. We encourage you to look at your list of friends and see if there are some experiences and people you want to connect with. No matter who you connect with, consider joining a local organization where you can meet new people.

This week’s listener question tackles the issue of trying to explain to your parents that you just aren’t interested in your opposite-sex bestie.

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Opposite-sex besties.

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Carpe diem. Or whatever. It sounds cheesy, but you really might be able to change things up when you decide to get up a little earlier.

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Could you change your life by becoming an early riser?

While getting up early isn’t for everyone, there’s certainly a lot written about why it’s a good idea. And if you think you could benefit from changing things up, it’s not a bad idea to try and shift your habits so you get up earlier.

This we talk about how being an early riser can benefit you — and how you can change your habits to make the most of your day.

 

Concepts

  • What are some of the advantages of being an early riser?
  • How to take charge of your day by getting up earlier.
  • You don’t have to be an early riser to be successful.
  • A look at night owls and how they can make the best of it.
  • Tips for shifting to an earlier schedule.
  • The importance of good sleep hygiene and what you can do to get better sleep.
  • How to take advantage of your own traits to be more productive and successful.

In our DO NOWs include helping you decide if you want to become an early riser. Start by figuring out your chronotype. We also look at setting a target wake-up time and working backward so your bed time matches.

This week’s listener question is all about trying to avoid hitting the snooze button. We offer a few tried and true strategies for getting out of bed in the morning — even if you don’t want to.

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Things entrepreneurs do before 7 a.m.
Successful late risers

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Lose yourself in another country. Take the road less traveled. Learn and grow.

Sometimes we invite guests on our show to talk about interesting topics. We love learning from our guests and gaining fresh insight that can help us all be better adults.

Show Notes

Join us as we talk to Teresa Mears from Living on the Cheap.She talks about the great experience of traveling the world when she was younger. Learn about how you can go around the world without spending an arm and a leg. Plus, we talk about the benefits of world travel and learning about other cultures.

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Nothing says “good job” like cold, hard cash. Know your tipping etiquette so you don’t look like a schmuck next time you’re out.

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We live in a culture that expects you to tip certain service providers. Understanding tipping etiquette can be tricky, though.

When do you tip? What sorts of services should you tip for? Are the times when you don’t need to tip? And, really, doesn’t it seem like everyone expects a tip today?

Today’s episode is all about not looking like a schmuck when you leave the house. You want to do your tipping right.

Concepts

  • The culture of tipping and why we do it.
  • Where do we see tips?
  • Which service providers should you tip?
  • Tipping etiquette and social norms.
  • Why it’s important to tip workers who might not even be getting minimum wage.
  • How much should you tip?
  • When do you tip?
  • Special occasions and tipping.

In our DO NOWs we take a look at how you can figure out your own tipping behaviors. Don’t forget to make a list of people you should be tipping.

This week’s listener question has to do with tipping etiquette when figuring how much to leave at a restaurant. Do you tip on the bill before or after tax? We debate the merits of both.

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You nailed the resume. It’s time for your interview. Don’t screw it up. Walk in there, impress, and get the job.

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Did you nail the resume and end up being called up for an interview? That’s great. But now you need to make sure you crush it in the job interview.

From making a good impression to following up effectively, this episode is all about how to impress during a job interview. Increase your chances of clinching the deal and taking the next step in your career.

Concepts

  • How to prepare for the interview ahead of time.
  • Common questions you should be ready for during a job interview.
  • How to conduct research on the company.
  • Why you need to think of good questions to ask the interviewer.
  • The importance of showing up early.
  • Tips for making a good impression during a job interview.
  • How to be yourself and still show you are the right person for the job.
  • Reasons to follow up after the job interview.
  • How to use a thank-you note.

This week’s DO NOWS focus on preparing for how to act during a job interview. We talk about working through common interview questions, working on a five-year plan, and figuring out what success looks like for you.

Our listener question addresses what to do when interviewers ask questions during a job interview that you find stupid, like “What tree are you most like?” We go over possible answers, preparing ahead of time, and why that could be an indication that perhaps you don’t want the job after all.

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Don’t assume that working with your life partner is all sunshine and rainbows. It’s not for everyone, so make sure it’s right for you before you get too far in.

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Do you want to work with your significant other? From working in a “regular” job, to potentially starting a business with your life partner, does it make sense?

It sounds like the perfect recipe for bliss. You get to work with your partner, seeing them every day? Business and pleasure FTW.

Except it’s not always rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes things get a little dicey when you mix business and pleasure with your life partner.

Concepts

  • The good side of working with your life partner.
  • Tips for spending more quality time with each other when you work together.
  • Challenges of working with someone you have a relationship with.
  • Is it possible to see each other too much?
  • The realities of the power dynamics once you start mixing business and pleasure.
  • What happens if you break up?
  • The importance of honesty and open communication in this situation.
  • How to talk about money, risks, and other issues that come with working together.
  • Why you need to get away from each other sometimes.

This week’s DO NOWS are all about trying to decide if you should work with your life partner. Look at whether it makes sense to run a business together, or work in the same department at your 9-to-5. If you already have a business together, review your roles and responsibilities. It might be time to change things up.

Finally, mixing business and pleasure sounds fun, but sometimes you just need pleasure for your relationship to work. Go have a date.

Our listener question deals with trying to figure out how to convince your S.O. to start a business with you. We look at whether or not it really makes sense, and how you can decide if it’s the right step for you to take.

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Does religion = spirituality? Maybe not. You can be a spiritual person without religion. And maybe even without God.

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According to the PEW research center, fewer Americans are religious. Even if they believe in God or a higher power, many Americans balk at being considered part of a religious group.

On top of that, the number of Americans who don’t believe in God is on the rise.

So, what’s happening to spirituality? And is religiousity really the same thing?

Maybe not. You might be surprised to discover that your own spirituality isn’t dependent on whether or not you follow a religion — or even whether or not you believe in any sort of a God.

Concepts

  • What is spirituality?
  • Is a belief in God or in some type of higher power or energy necessary to be spiritual?
  • Can you create your own spirituality without the need for religion?
  • How to develop a moral compass without a religion telling you what to do.
  • The importance of connecting to other people, no matter your spiritual tradition.
  • Benefits of spirituality.
  • How to use your own brand of spirituality to add meaning and purpose to your life.
  • Tips for developing more spirituality — with or without a belief in a higher power.
  • The goal of continued personal progress and self-improvement.
  • Appreciation for nature and other people.
  • Using your spirituality to help others and better the world.

This week’s DO NOWS focus on your values and using them to develop your own brand of spirituality. We suggest making a life map to get there. You can find examples of life maps from both Harlan and Miranda.

You can also research communities and organizations in your local area to find people who share your values. Finally, come up with three experiences that can help you enhance your spirituality. List them, and work toward them this month.

Our listener question is kind of sensitive, dealing with transitioning out of religion. We offer some thoughts on how to help your parents see your spirituality and love, even if you have decided that their religion is not for you.

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Americans are less religious
How Americans feel about different groups
Americans don’t trust atheists

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