Money Won’t Make You Happier, But How You Spend It Might

“Don’t flail your arms when you’re near the sharks,” warned the instructor.

Steve Cronin, a longtime scuba diver, had never swum near sharks before. But his girlfriend figured a ticket into one of the world’s largest aquariums–one that happened to be filled with Tiger Sharks– would make a fine birthday gift.

“I clung onto a rock for dear life,” recalls Steve, “while these amazing beings slowly drifted by, barely an arm’s length away. We looked each other in the eye. There are virtually no other places in the world where you can see so many giant fish in close proximity.” Steve’s girlfriend paid $162, so he could swim with those massive jaws.

Most people, I’m guessing, wouldn’t want to swim with giant sharks. But that’s not the point.

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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