cover art for The Science of Smarter and More Meaningful Spending with Elizabeth Dunn

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast

The Science of Smarter and More Meaningful Spending with Elizabeth Dunn

Co-author of Happy Money, Elizabeth joins us to talk about the research she’s done on spending and the ways in which spending (or not) can give us better experiences and increase happiness. She helps us to apply this to our daily lives.

In this episode, hear:

  • The effects of environment on our happiness
  • The role of technology in happiness
  • The science in happy spending
  • Buying experiences over things
  • Renters vs buyers
  • Paying now and enjoying later


More episodes

View all episodes

  • Listener Favorites: Doug Patton | Conquering the Chaos of Creativity

    Doug Patton is a designer, inventor and product engineer who has crafted a method for problem solving that revolutionizes the standard approach. Creativity is an innate force within each of us, the hallmark of our evolution. Doug will teach you how to conquer the chaos of creativity, use it to solve complex problems and be more imaginative than you've ever been.
  • Martin Gonzales | What Makes An Effective Founder?

    Join us as Martin Gonzales unveils the key insights from his book "The Bonfire Moment," focusing on effective startup founders and the pivotal role of human psychology in entrepreneurial success. In this episode, Martin shares personal anecdotes and expert analyses on the importance of building strong team dynamics and avoiding common pitfalls in startup culture. Dive into a discussion that blends organizational psychology with real-world business challenges, offering actionable advice for current and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Mary Jo Hoffman | Embracing Childlike Wonder in Adulthood

    Join us for an inspiring conversation with Mary Jo Hoffman as she discusses her transformative journey from aerospace engineering to becoming a visual artist deeply influenced by nature. Discover how her unique daily practice of photographing the natural world not only sparked global interest but also became a powerful exercise in mindfulness and creativity.
  • Listener Favorites: Anne Jacoby | Designing Organizations and Individuals for Creative Thinking

    Anne Jacoby has over 15 years of experience in cultivating creativity in the workplace. Anne joins us for this episode to talk about how she's managed to design thriving creative cultures at work so that you can use the insight for yourself and think more creatively.
  • Jessica Calarco | How Women Became America’s Safety Net

    Join us as sociologist Jessica Calarco explores the myths surrounding meritocracy in today's society. In this enlightening episode, Jessica discusses how entrenched societal myths influence our understanding of success and the systemic structures that shape our lives. She delves into the impact of these myths on education, social safety nets, and gender roles, offering insights into how we might reimagine these structures for a more equitable future. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the deeper forces at play in our quest for equity and justice.
  • Jeremy Toeman | The Power of Actionable Ideas

    Join Jeremy Toeman as he delves into the crucial elements of successful entrepreneurship, from the power of taking immediate action to the challenges of emotional resilience. Discover Jeremy's journey of creating impactful businesses, the strategic use of AI in enhancing business operations, and his innovative approaches to startup culture and team dynamics. This episode offers invaluable lessons on adapting quickly, the importance of co-founders, and how AI is reshaping business tools and education.
  • Listener Favorites: Dr. Melanie Salmon | Why Forgiveness is the Key to All Change

    Dr. Melanie Salmon had been practicing medicine for over 40 years when she could no longer ignore the fact that treating psycho-emotional pain with pharmaceutical drugs was an inadequate fix to deeper problems. This is when she walked away from medicine in search of healing. Find out what she discovered and how today she has helped thousands of traumatized patients find peace and healing through Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC).
  • Scott Harrison | The Power of Clean Water: How One Organization is Making a Global Impact

    Dive deep with Scott Harrison as he unveils his transformative journey from nightlife impresario to championing the cause of clean water with Charity Water. This episode sheds light on the stark realities of water scarcity affecting millions and the monumental efforts needed to combat this global crisis. Discover how personal redemption and a commitment to service can lead to profound global change. Join us as we explore the dedication behind providing sustainable water solutions to those in dire need, proving how one person’s vision can ignite a worldwide movement.
  • AJ Jacobs | One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution's Original Meaning

    In this intriguing episode, AJ Jacobs dives into the heart of American democracy through his latest experiment: living an entire year guided strictly by the original words of the U.S. Constitution. From donning tricorn hats to examining the modern implications of ancient rights, AJ's journey offers listeners a unique perspective on the enduring impact of America's foundational document. Tune in as we explore how historical practices can inform our current political landscape and personal lives, making this more than just a lesson in history, but a call to actively engage in democracy.