You may notice that this is my THIRD post about Highbrow in as many months (see the site review and my previous course review). That’s because I absolutely love Highbrow’s course system. Just five minutes a day, and there is SO MUCH info packed into each set of ten emails! The course that impacted me the most this month is called Financial Wellbeing, by Maureen McGuinness of The Life-Life Balance. Please note that it is a premium course, which I got access to through Highbrow’s 1-month trial period. More and more of Highbrow’s courses are being introduced as premium. I don’t totally approve of this, but there is just such juicy information to be had! I can’t help myself 😉
The idea behind this course is that to reach financial wellbeing, one has to reach other kinds of wellbeing also. We have to really examine the reasoning behind our spending in order to address the root of the problem, not just the symptom. Not bad advice for any aspect of life. It also talks about the science of why we spend money, and the chemical release that occurs in our brains when we buy something. Now you know why you feel so good with that Starbucks latte in your hand! (Even if your soul cringed a little when they swiped your credit card.)
Some of the advice Maureen gives, like expense tracking or waiting 30 days to buy something you want, is advice most of us have heard before. The difference that really got to me was the explanation that went with it. It’s often difficult to follow advice or even orders (particularly for me) unless I know WHY it works. Maureen explains it incredibly well, and it’s clear that she knows her stuff.
Another part of the course that really surprised me was the lesson on some of the best ways to spend money. What?! Most financial courses talk incessantly about curbing spending at every turn! But here Maureen talks about things like spending money on experiences, spending on others.
What it all means
Long story short, the course covers advice from all ends of the spectrum. Whether you’ve heard it all before, or it’s completely new, I promise there is something you can gain from this course. If you’re struggling with money, or even just struggling with finding happiness, this course is for you.