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The power of a meaningful life.

Hey hey, whaddya say, money nerds? Today is Tuesday and it’s time for some top money stories from around the web.

We’re going to kick things off by linking to ourselves. That’s right! Jim and I are the guests on the most recent episode of the always-awesome “What’s Up Next?” podcast. Doc G and Paul pick our brains to find out: Why on earth would anyone build a curation site like Apex Money? And, more importantly, is curation art?

Now, here are your regularly-scheduled money stories…

Why you shouldn’t trust numbers and stats from the mass media. [The Financial Bodyguard] — “Big numbers sound scarier. That’s why the media uses them. To drive visitors to their websites, as clickbait, to drive sales and advertising revenue. The media’s interests are not aligned with yours. Next time you see one of these headlines, ask yourself the following questions…”

The power of a meaningful life. [Scientific American] — “Who could argue with happiness? Count the journalist Emily Esfahani Smith as one. Happiness is not itself a problem, of course, but she worries that its relentless pursuit — and the self-help industry that’s grown up around that mission — has left us feeling empty, dislocated and, well, unhappy.”

“How I got rich…” [Derek Sivers] — “I don’t usually talk about money, but a friend asked me what it was like to get rich, and he wanted to know specifics, so I told him my story…When I finished telling my friend this story, he asked for more. I said no, that was it.” I love all of Sivers’ stuff. This is no exception.

To wrap things up for the day, here’s something really obscure. If you’re old like I am, you might remember that in Olden Times, back when the world was young, computer programs came on floppy disks. Or cassette tapes. Or…vinyl records? For real! Check this out…

True story: I still buy the occasional vinyl record. I just picked up U2’s “Unforgettable Fire” last week. And last month I finally acquired Taylor Swift on vinyl!

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