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Maximizing Life Satisfaction and Happiness with Author Andrew Hallam

January 4, 2022

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About This Episode

As investment professionals, we focus a lot on saving, investing, and retirement planning. But a successful life is about more than just money, it’s about satisfaction and happiness.

Today we’re widening our scope and bringing a sense of purpose to why we work and why we have money. To explore this topic, we’re joined by bestselling author Andrew Hallam who shares his strategies and the research that has been done on how to improve our life satisfaction levels.

Andrew Hallam is the international best-selling author of Millionaire Teacher, The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, and Millionaire Expat: How To Build Wealth Living Overseas. His latest book, Balance: How to Invest and Spend for Happiness, Health, and Wealth, takes readers on a holistic journey of success. Profiled on such media as CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal, he’s also the first person to have a #1 selling finance book on Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, and Amazon UAE. He has written columns for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, MoneySense, Internaxx, and AssetBuilder. Since 2016 he has spoken at businesses and international schools in over 30 different countries.

In this episode, Keith, Marcelo, and Andrew talk about why we invest, what success looks like, the four quadrants of success, the importance of connection and relationships, the power of gratitude, saving for experiences, and so much more!

Thank you for listening!

Key Topics:

  • Introducing Andrew Hallam (1:00)
  • Why Andrew wrote Balance (5:11)
  • Redefining success (7:10)
  • Digging into why we invest our money (9:27)
  • The four quadrants of success (11:42)
  • Spending for life satisfaction (14:48)
  • Why continuously upgrading reduces our life satisfaction (17:04)
  • The desert island litmus test (20:18)
  • What the Blue Zones teach us about relationships and life satisfaction (23:36)
  • The importance of human connection (27:05)
  • The happiness curve (30:47)
  • Recognizing what matters most (33:02)
  • Managing the social pressure to acquire status symbols (35:33)
  • Setting boundaries for social media (37:29)
  • Embracing appreciation (40:46)
  • Improving your spending patterns (44:10)
  • Aligning your spending with your values (46:19)
  • Rethinking early retirement (49:53)
  • Andrew’s career as a high school teacher (52:49)
  • The inspiration for writing Millionaire Teacher (55:09)
  • What research shows about the benefits of working past 65 (1:04:15)
  • Expanding your perception of time (1:07:12)
  • Finding a sense of accomplishment and purpose (1:10:41)
  • And much more

Meet your hosts

Keith Matthews

Keith Matthews

Partner & Portfolio Manager

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Ruben Antoine

Ruben Antoine

Portfolio Manager

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Marcelo Taboada

Marcelo Taboada

Associate Portfolio Manager

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