Happiness and Money

November 8, 2013
Hosted by Brian Farr and Ann Hutchins

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Do you sometimes wonder why your purchases don’t yield the happiness you expect? Are you curious about why we don’t make better decisions when we spend our money? Join us for the next episode of Money In Your Life when we explore these questions and many others with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology”. Dr. Biswas-Diener’s research on happiness has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya and Israel. He is a leading authority on courage, culture, strengths and happiness. Understanding our own behavior involving personal finances and changing our choices around money are not easy tasks. Dr. Biswas-Diener has conducted extensive research on income and happiness, and he will give specific suggestions we can use in our own lives. Dr. Biswas-Diener will also talk about his newest book, The Courage Quotient, which reviews the latest scientific findings on bravery and offers a variety of strategies for facing life head on, including potentially frightening topics like our personal finances. For more: http://positiveacorn.com/who-we-are

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The goal of Money in Your Life is to give you the insight and motivation to be more effective and successful with all aspects of your personal finance. We believe money is a tool that can support deeper values of individuals, couples and families. We also know that too many options, too little time and the blizzard of modern money choices make it easy to opt-out of the whole conversation. We want you to opt-in. Money in Your Life will provoke thoughtful discussions that bring knowledge, curiosity and humor to the reality of money. Each week we will engage you with intriguing conversations to help you understand and assess how money actually operates in your life. We will present a wide variety of individuals and resources to increase clarity and expand awareness on multiple levels. Our intention is to introduce you to new ways money can serve you rather than just drive you.

Brian Farr and Ann Hutchins

Brian Farr is a Financial Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Hudson Institute Coach. Since 2002, Brian has helped hundreds of individuals and couples significantly improve their relationship with money. He uses a wide variety of financial and therapeutic techniques to guide clients toward a deeper understanding of the patterns in their financial choices, and then develop more effective strategies for the future.

In the years prior to becoming a Financial Therapist, Brian was a founding partner of an investment management firm, owner/manager of a personnel agency and member of the Chicago Board of Trade. He has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and a BA in History from Stanford University.

Ann Hutchins is a Certified Financial Coach and a Certified Hudson Institute Coach. In her engagements with clients, she combines professionalism with integrity and approachability. Ann works to demystify personal finances and help people create sustainability in their financial lives. She frequently coaches people from the financial services and nonprofit sectors, and also works with families and children in the area of financial literacy.

Ann has 30 years of investment industry experience, holds an MBA in Finance from Babson College and a BA in American Studies from Hamilton College. She has been on the Board of Trustees of both Babson and Hamilton Colleges, and currently serves as Board member and Treasurer of The Eleos Foundation.

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