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The True Cost of Happiness: The Real Story Behind Managing Your Money

ISBN: 978-0-470-18432-5
256 pages
September 2007
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Personal money management advice that make sense

In The True Cost of Happiness, financial journalist Stacey Tisdale and expert financial planner Paula Boyer Kennedy combine their extensive financial experience with a powerful series of interviews and real-world stories to help you make personal money management decisions that make more sense.

They begin by discussing how the factors that drive our financial choices and behavior not only run deep, but also represent the way we define ourselves. From there, they reveal how this truth will determine if you can create the kind of financial harmony that not only supports the life you want, but also makes an honest statement of who you really are. The questions they pose are challenging, but essential, because if your financial choices and behavior are not aligned with your true values, you'll always feel like "something" is missing. And it is this disconnect that is at the root of most anxiety and unhappiness over money.

  • Reveals how the first lessons we learn about money as children play out in our adult behavior
  • Discusses how the messages that society sends us about the ways in which we should behave with money affect our financial choices
  • Explores factors that can blind us to our true values, and prevent us from making the best decisions possible on issues such as debt, saving, and investing
  • Illustrates how to create a financial plan that supports a truly happy life

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The True Cost of Happiness will put you in a better position to enjoy a life that doesn't compromise who you are.

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Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Part I: A Look Inside.

Chapter 1 Working Together.

Chapter 2 A Little Awareness Goes a Long Way.

Chapter 3 The Big Picture: What You’re Planning for.

Chapter 4 The Price of Pleasing Mom and Pop: Are Your Early Lessons Working for You or Against You?

Chapter 5 Social Messages.

Chapter 6 The Songs We Play in Our Heads.

Chapter 7 Life Planning for Two.

Chapter 8 Teach Your Children Well.

Chapter 9 The Truth about Change.

Part II: The Numbers.

Chapter 10 Your Bottom Line.

Chapter 11 Saving Money.

Chapter 12 Debt: Wipe the Slate Clean.

Chapter 13 Living Longer and Stronger: The New Retirement.

Chapter 14 Covering Your Assets: How to Choose the Right Insurance.

Chapter 15 Investing for Your Future.

Chapter 16 The Real Cost of College.

Chapter 17 Giving Back.

Chapter 18 Estate Planning.

Chapter 19 A Final Thought on Your Finances.

Part III: Staying on Course.

Chapter 20 Staying on Course.

Chapter 21 Change Happens.

Chapter 22 Getting the Help You Need.

A Final Thought.

Index.

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Stacey Tisdale has reported on business and consumer issues for nearly twenty years for some of the greatest news organizations in the world, including CBS News, Dow Jones, PBS, and CNN. A frequent financial expert on the Today show, Tisdale has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in O, The Oprah Magazine. A financial literacy advocate, Tisdale has created a financial education program that the White House is requiring Historically Black Colleges and Universities to offer students. She also creates financial education and life skills programs for professional sports teams. Before becoming a journalist, Tisdale worked for the commodities firm Balfour Maclaine International and on the floor of the Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange.

Paula Boyer Kennedy, MBA, CPA, CFP®, PFS, CIMA, AIF, is Vice President, Investment Services, at Cammack LaRhette Consulting, serving as subject matter expert on communications and investing. She was named three times to the Worth magazine list of the best financial advisors in America. Kennedy has been writing and speaking on financial issues for more than sixteen years, and has appeared in many print and broadcast media. She is one of the coauthors of Ernst & Young's Financial Planning for Women and contributed to Selling Your Business, both of which are published by Wiley.

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