The Truth About Money and Happiness


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  1. Some really nice thoughts in here, Hero. Many thanks for writing this.

    I like your idea for a “cooling off” period before making certain purchases! Installing that plan ahead of time and enforcing it (maybe with the help of a spouse) is a good way to detach the old lizard brain from spending decisions.

    And OJ – wow – just wow. What a super disappointment.

    • Hero says:

      My pleasure, FL. The lizard brain can definitely be a big barrier to success, as you so eloquently outlined in a recent post.

      As for OJ, I agree. I don’t mean to disrespect the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, but OJ’s spiral out of control only serves to add another element of tragedy to an already horrible situation.

  2. #3 on your list is a good one and I can imagine very effective in deterring impulse, unnecessary purchases. Even though the item may be a limited time sale/discount saving a few bucks may not be worth it if the item just goes unused after a couple months. The 30 day list is a great idea and I’ll try that out next time I want to buy something I don’t need.

  3. “Working 50 hr a week, with 2 hr of commuting a day, leaves only a few hours to spend time with my children and wife.”

    Every time I see commuting stats like that I cringe, turns a 9 hour day into an 11 hour day. One of our biggest factors in where we bought a house is commute time to work and public transportation.

    Great advice Mr. Superhero.

    PS we watched the OJ series too, it was interesting to watch since we were pretty young when it happened and I didn’t fully understand all the ins and outs.

  4. Thanks for the insight. We often focus on the good examples that people set and try to mimic those, but we should also be looking at the people that have done things wrong and learn what not to do from their stories.

    I like the action steps that you lay out. I started doing number 2 this year and have found that it does help and gives me a sense of contributing to something larger than myself.

  5. I love your action step #1 – as it aligns with a lot of what you need to do to make good decisions in general! It’s all about those goals! The OJ story is one that touched many of those in our area because he was the hero of our local team the Buffalo Bills. To watch “the Juice” driving down that highway, knowing what had happened was just so hard to believe. A sad day for so many people.

    • Hero says:

      I didn’t realize that OJ played for the Bills until watching Made in America, believe it or not. That must have been rough for your regional community to see him fall so far in a short time.

  6. I love the action points. Since getting rid of our debt, the wait to buy rule has helped us a lot. It’s also helped with my kids. Now instead of arguing with them in a store when they ask for something, I just say “if you still want it tomorrow, we can talk about it.” They never remember!

  7. ZJ Thorne says:

    I also remember watching that chase as an elementary schooler and then the trial. Sad sad choices he made.

    I love the cooling off period for major purchases. Impulse shopping can be so hard to combat. I like this tool in my belt to give myself a rational out.

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