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How to spend your money for maximum happiness.

Today is Tuesday, my friends, and this is Apex Money, your source for the best personal-finance articles from around the web. Here’s what we have for you today.

Your lifestyle has already been designed. [Raptitude] — “All of America’s well-publicized problems, including obesity, depression, pollution and corruption are what it costs to create and sustain a trillion-dollar economy. For the economy to be ‘healthy’, America has to remain unhealthy. Healthy, happy people don’t feel like they need much they don’t already have, and that means they don’t buy a lot of junk, don’t need to be entertained as much, and they don’t end up watching a lot of commercials.”

Reflecting on financial mistakes. [One Frugal Girl] — “I’ve never made a significant financial mistake, but the little ones still bother me immensely. I can spend days feeling bad because I forgot to use a coupon, left money on the counter, or didn’t buy an item when it was on sale. I’m over forty now and tired of feeling this way. My scarcity mindset has kept me trapped in this negative spiral for way too long. It’s time to make a change.”

How to spend your money for maximum happiness. [Popular Science] — “What most experts can agree on is this: there are ways to spend our money that are more likely to elicit joy. So next time a commercial has you itching to pull out your wallet, hit pause and consider these three tips on where to invest your cash.”

Today’s video is from Sarah, the Budget Girl. In this 26-minute clip, she talks about how mental health affects your finances.

As some of you know, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and I have no doubt that these issues affect my finances in ways both obvious and subtle. Over the past two years, they’ve had huge effects in my life.

Okay, that’s plenty for Tuesday. I’ll see you tomorrow with more fun stories from the world of personal finance!

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