Money = Happiness. How can this be wrong? How can this be right?
Money is a necessary part of life. It can help you be happy by giving you some needs in your life. It can also help you by giving you some things you want and some luxuries. After this point however money will not be able to make you happier. Money will not buy you happiness if you are using it to keep buying more and more stuff. At this point money will drag you down and make you more unhappy. If you are using your money to try to prove to others you have money, you will not be happy. If you use your money to help give back to other you will be much happier.
Well said, Thomas. Let’s recap. Money by itself is neither good nor bad. The key point about money is how exactly you use it. Money used to buy more and more “stuff” will not bring more happiness into your life. Actually, it will bring less because of the clutter, debt, stress and resentment that flows from that approach. Also, chasing after more and more money is a mistake far too many people have learned the hard way. More income beyond one’s basic needs does little to improve one’s level of personal fulfillment and happiness. The book, Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez will explain this matter clearly when you are ready for it’s message.
Money saved and invested wisely and efficiently can produce that all important thing called FREEDOM. Freedom provides us many opportunities that people with a lot of “stuff” will never have or even understand for that matter. Those opportunities bring autonomy and control into one’s life as they seek out their passion and personal identification. Chasing one’s passion and sharing what they have with others (this may include money and it may not) provides a real path toward happiness as the giving part of life blossoms. To give is to live!
Bottom line: Money used wisely and efficiently can lead a person down a path toward happiness. The key is how one handles the money that comes in and leaves their life. It’s not the stupid green stuff that will make a difference in the world. It’s YOU!
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