Sunday, August 20, 2006

I love weekends at home.

They're always filled with too much food, lots of interesting conversations, relaxing and Star-Trek-watching. I'm usually able to catch up on a bit of reading as well.

So I finally managed to read the exceptional Summer 2006 issue of MoneySense. Seriously, this is a great magazine.

This issue listed 50 great ways to grow your money. It wasn't just about investing, much as the whole magazine is not about just investing. It included some tips on smart investing, but there were far more about the basic commandments (ie: pay yourself first, spending less than you make, etc), insurance, handling debt, being a good consumer, real estate, tax and retirement.

Fantastic tips. I might post them on my fridge.

Actually, even better for posting on your fridge is 10 ways to make yourself happier. Shockingly, money doesn't bring happiness. But, based on research, they have a list of 10 things you can do be happier. A couple nice ones: have sex and (somewhat related) exercise regularly, set achievable goals, reflect on the good things in life, get enough sleep and try to enjoy your job which should engage your skills.

ON the work note, my dad commented that I actually am a lot less stressed now that I enjoy my job more. When I looked up how they suggested finding satisfying work, they recommend asking the following questions: What gives me a sense of purpose? What do I enjoy doing? What am I good at?

Find meaning, pleasure and strength in work, or seeing your work as a calling will not surprisingly increase your joy in work. But it will also make you more productive AND creative!

Maybe these are all things that I knew or suspected. But I think I just needed to be reminded.

I think tonight I will go home and talk about what I've read with my favourite boyfriend. Talk about it with your partner too. Apparently, it's one of the top ways to both increase your happiness AND grow your money.

So there.

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