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As a financial journalist with many years of experience, Stacey Tisdale has observed people who successfully make lasting changes to their financial lives by first taking an honest look at whether their financial behavior is in sync with their beliefs and ideals. Coauthor Paula Kennedy—an expert in financial planning—has seen similar situations arise while helping her clients examine their beliefs and attitudes about money.

Now, in The True Cost of Happiness, Tisdale and 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.

Important issues addressed throughout this engaging book include:

  • How the first lessons we learned about money as children—spoken and unspoken—play out in our adult behavior

  • How messages that society sends us about the ways in which we should behave with money affect our financial choices

  • How very strong influencing factors can blind us to our true values, and prevent us from making the best decisions possible on issues such as debt, saving, and investing

  • How to step away from the pressures that don't serve your highest goals and create a financial plan that supports a life that will make you truly happy

In The True Cost of Happiness, you get the real story behind managing your money from a seasoned reporter who has seen people—from the very well-off to those barely making ends meet—rearrange their finances in order to support fulfilling and joyful lives. You'll also receive timely tips and tools from an expert who has been named one of the best financial advisors in America three times by Worth magazine.

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for The True Cost of Happiness

"Financial ignorance is NOT bliss, it is a disaster. This book is the ultimate wake-up call to passionately invest in what you love, which is having blissful control over your own destiny!"
Janet Hanson, founder, 85 Broads, and Chairman, Milestone Capital Mgmt.

"Money is where the 'soft' sciences of psychology and soul meet the hard rubber of reality like paying the bills and planning for the future. Stacey Tisdale and Paula Boyer Kennedy help you better understand your relationship with money and design your money life to serve your deeper dreams, purposes, and goals."
Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life and cofounder, Conversation Cafés

"I worked with Stacey Tisdale for years, and had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the skills, commitment, and enthusiasm she embodies that have helped millions of people use their finances to improve their lives. You can literally take the information she and Paula Boyer Kennedy share in this one-of-a-kind book to the bank!"
Russ Mitchell, CBS News Correspondent/Anchor

"Your attitudes toward money and your life experiences are more closely tied together than you realize. This book tells you how to unravel the knot and benefit from the insights."
Lyle E. Gramley, Senior Economic Adviser, Stanford Washington Research Group, and former governor of the Federal Reserve Board

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470496576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470496572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Fewell on December 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stacey Tisdale and Paula Kennedy have really made me aware of "The True Cost of Happiness" in a way I did not expect. I was startled to learn that the problem I had with finances had very little to do with money! It's really about attitude, self-esteem, and accepting life on life's terms. I found it a challenging, enlightening, and encouraging read. It is a mirror that anyone, if they are brave enough to be honest, can see how they got to be in their present relationship with money. I discovered that in my early life, money had been using me instead of the other way around. This book caused to me think about how my personality controlled the way I related to money, and money had nothing to do with that. I found that, in reality, the book was reading me very well. However, it let me know that anyone, including me, can change no matter where we are today. This book requires rigorous honesty to be effective enough to cultivate this positive change in how we view money, which is, after all, just a medium of exchange. I think students at a very young age should be made aware of this book so that they can become exposed to the fact that it is their attitude about money that will determine whether they live richly, or poorly. It is liberating to know that a change of thinking can create a better way of living by putting money in its proper place.

Richard Fewell
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Sulavik on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tisdale delivers a panaramic view of one's finacial landscape and offers rock-solid advice to make that landscape a more hospitable -- and less scary -- place. Unlike other personal finance guidance we routinely encounter, she offers common-sense and doable steps without being preachy and judgemental. Most important, Tisdale respects her readers. This book casts light on "wholististic" financial planning, and the many bits of advice from experts in a host of fields help make it a must for anybody who feels they're losing control of their finances -- and for those who are looking for further areas of improvement. Most highly recommended.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mlmena on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The real true cost of happiness is to save up you money rather than buying such an expensive book. I have read it and concluded that I could have received the same information much more cheaply from other authors.

It is my opinion ( after wasting my hard earned money) that Stacey Tisdale and Paula Boyer Kennedy are unable to explain a concept briefly. Moreover there are pages and pages in the book where nouns that are self explanatory are described. This add lenght to the book. Is this their way to justify its price?
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