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How To Have The Best, Cheapest Weekend Ever

Posted: 03/30/2012 10:26 am

By Laura Vanderkam for Bookish:

Here's some happy news: With the Dow up about 20 percent since October, and the unemployment rate down, the economy is slowly climbing out of its doldrums. Even so, many of us aren't ready to resurrect our big spending ways. We're being more mindful of money than we've been in the past. How can we use money more consciously as a tool to build a happy life for ourselves and the people we care about? That's a question I explore in my new book, "All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending" [Penguin, $26.95]. Contrary to much conventional wisdom, I believe that money can buy happiness, if we spend it right.

One way to buy happiness? Take the time to create an incredible weekend--one you'll look back on fondly, savoring the memory for weeks to come. Here are seven steps for making that happen, for less money than you might imagine.

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I like to keep a running list of all the things I want to do or have in life. Some are grand dreams (like having a private dinner catered in the Louvre) but others are more everyday fonts of joy: going for a long run in a beautiful park; visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art when it's open late on Friday nights. Try brainstorming your own list when you're bored on a conference call. Then choose some of those activities--just three to five--that you could do in the near future. These can be anything you like, but happiness research gives a few guidelines: One study of Texas working women, published in Science in 2004, found that, beyond obviously pleasurable activities like eating and sex, people are happiest when they are socializing, engaging in spiritual activities, and exercising. (Really!) So a great weekend could include at least one activity from each category: dinner with friends, volunteering at a soup kitchen, and a long bike ride in the woods.
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