The modern world revolves around money. Without it, nothing can happen. Society teaches us that money is everything. We all make the same mistakes when it comes to money, thinking the more we earn, the happier we’ll be. Maybe our mindsets are what need to be changed.
We need to understand that money isn’t everything. We can buy a house, but not a home. We can buy a clock, but not time. We can buy medicines, but not health. We can buy a bed, but not sleep. We can buy a book, but not knowledge. There are certain things money will never be able to buy. Money can’t buy family, health, happiness, peace, purpose, joy, personal growth, or love. If you think that winning the lottery will leave you feeling content for the rest of your life, think again.
Regardless of what most of us think, acquiring wealth isn’t the purpose of life. We’re taught early on that the love of money is the root of all evil. It’s important to read that very carefully. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. Money is just a tool which helps us build a life. If you make money your purpose for living, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Find a purpose in your life that fulfills you and gives your life meaning. Money is a great tool and one that we all need to provide a good life for our families, but it’s certainly not the purpose of life. Next time you get caught in the money trap, take a few minutes to remember what in life is truly important to you.
While wealth improves quality of life, it has a minor impact on day-to-day mood. Money may provide things that can make you happy for a while, but lasting happiness can’t be bought, it’s something that comes from contentment within. The answer to the common question, “Does money make us happy?” is yes, but only temporarily. To an extent, experiences provide more happiness than material goods because experiences are more likely to make us feel connected to others. Sometimes, we get so caught up in working hard to earn and save money that we forget how important our time is. People with more money tend to spend more of their time on activities associated with relatively high levels of tension and stress instead of enjoying their time with family and friends.
The more money you earn, the more you’ll want and you’ll never be content, there will always be something else you crave, so you’ll need to work even harder to get the money to buy it. You need to decide what enough is so you can become content at some point. Once you define enough, you gain a sense of freedom. You’ll finally have time to pursue your passions and live a richer life, by prioritizing what to spend your time, money, and energy on.
If you have so much stuff that you need to rent a storage shed, you have more than enough. If it leads to clutter that stresses you out, you’ve passed the peak of the Fulfillment Curve and your added luxuries are bringing you less happiness, not more. Removing clutter can be a profound experience, but it can be difficult too. Getting rid of stuff only hurts for a short while. Once you’ve parted ways with your belongings, it’s like a weight has been lifted, you feel free.
People say that the happier you are with yourself, the more likely it is that you’ll bring happiness to others. I believe that we should first make others happier and we’ll bring ourselves happiness in the process. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many of us forget it. The amount of money you spend on yourself may satisfy you to some extent, but think of it this way, if you gave away that same amount of money imagine how much more satisfied you would have felt.
There is no question that the stress of lower status, such as financial strain, over-indebtedness and unappealing jobs poses a serious threat to well-being. Comparably some people believe that if their job pays well, it’s okay to hate it. The current job market may not be the best, but life is far too short to be slaving away at a job that leaves you stressed out and dissatisfied with life. When will you ever be able to do what you love if you spend your whole life doing something you despise?
The bottom line is that if you can’t be content, you’ll never lead a rich life, no matter how much money you have. The key to happiness and money management is being satisfied. It’s not how much you have that makes you happy or unhappy, but how much you want.