Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, just didn’t know where to shop,” my post-it intones. Without shying away from the unpopular truth about overconsumption and happiness being like oil and water, James Roberts encourages us to step back, notice, and yes, even laugh at our obsession with shiny objects. He helps us see how we got here and then takes us on a fascinating tour of the all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-department. Pointing to important research findings and offering practical exercises helps us embrace our goals and values and develop the self-control we need to understand that we can never get enough of what we don’t really need.

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By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More