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The Science of Buying Happiness

How much is happiness worth to you? Placing a price tag on emotional well-being may seem like a slippery slope, but scientists have a lot to say about the intersection between happiness and the money we spend. Will the emotional value of a $300...

25 Quotes on Wealth From Powerful Women

Any woman who has made it to the top knows that being boastful about your accomplishments can cost you — and not just in terms of dollars. Research shows again and again that women are discouraged from exhibiting pride in their empires, including...

Never Get Cheated by Car Mechanics Again

What’s a car owner to do when his trusted auto mechanic leaves the business to run a funeral home? Such was the unlikely scenario I found myself facing a few years ago. I had been seeing the same mechanic almost since I bought my first car in...

Don’t Get Credit Cards From These 5 Stores

Buyers beware: The insanely high interest rates on some stores’ credit cards make the markups they add to merchandise look like child’s play. According to a survey of 61 major retail credit cards released Thursday by CreditCards.com, a...

I Complained Online and Got $1,200 Back

In general, I think of myself as a happy person. Except when a waiter takes a little too long with an order. Or a repair shop goes a few bucks beyond an estimate. Or a doctor fails to return a call. OK, so I’ve got a few complaints. Maybe more...

You Ruined My Wedding — and You’re Suing Me?

By signing on the dotted line, or agreeing to those endless terms of service, some customers are unwittingly giving away their right to free speech. Specifically, the right to write negative online reviews. And they may have to pay — literally —...

How We Bounced Back After Hitting Rock Bottom

My husband and I met the old fashioned way: in a bar. He was the drummer for a band playing all the good clubs around town and I was enamored with the music and the players. One night, after a set I went up and talked to my future husband on a...

From Broke to Billionaire: 5 Celebrity Rags-to-Riches Stories

From Hollywood A-listers to industry leaders, there are plenty of celebrity success stories that didn’t start on easy street — in fact, some of the wealthiest Americans today grew up so poor they almost lived on the streets. Read on for inspiring...

How I Found My Independence

A few months ago on a chilly Saturday afternoon, my two young children and I took the subway from our home in Astoria, New York to midtown Manhattan and rode the M20 bus all the way down to the East Village — just for the fun of it. With the big,...

How to Create Instant Success

When we think about the most successful people we know, we tend to think of those who’ve made the biggest career advancements, make the most money, have the biggest houses and the best “toys.” The façade of success is so shiny that it can easily...

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