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Shiny objects : why we spend money we don't have in search of happiness we can't buy / James A. Roberts.

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Americans toss out roughly 112,000 computers every day.
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Hood River County Library 339.47 ROB c2011 (Text) 33892005579652 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 12/12/2011 Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062093608
  • Physical Description: xi, 353 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperOne, [2011]

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Shiny objects -- Chasing the American dream -- The American dream on steroids -- The cat's out of the (shopping) bag -- The treadmill of consumption -- The cashless society -- Money costs too much : sacrificing our life goals -- Collateral damage : relationships -- Why are we so materialistic? -- Heaven help us (the prosperity gospel) -- Weapons of mass consumption -- The three ingredients of self-control -- Step away from the shopping cart (environmental programming) -- The carrot and the stick (behavioral programming) -- Your money or your life.
Summary, etc.:
Americans toss out roughly 112,000 computers every day.
We spend $48 billion annually on our pets alone.
We have an average of 9 credit or charge cards - carrying a balance of $8,852.
And yet 70 percent of Americans also live paycheck to paycheck.
We are buried under stuff and surrounded by consumption. But more important, James A. Roberts's research reveals a surprising trend - the more we buy the less happy we are. While most would say that friends and family come first, our actual behavior tells a different story. Shiny Objects exposes the science of spending and shows how we can reverse these patterns to better our quality of life. Book jacket.
Subject: Consumption (Economics) > United States
American Dream
Materialism > United States

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