How My Turn to Happiness Helped My Finances

In today’s society, money makes the world go round. Individuals seek to make enough money to purchase a home, have a nice vehicle, food on the table, etc. It is very easy to get caught up in having the latest and greatest technology and clothing, but does it truly make you happy. For me, it took years for me to understand that I didn’t have to have everything. I didn’t need to work 24/7 to make enough money to buy the newest video gaming system or to have a $50,000 vehicle. This can be a hard realization to come to. After some self-reflection, I came to realize that to be happy, I didn’t need to spend money.

 
Look at What Is Truly Important
It is essential to look at what is truly important. What will that brand new car or huge home give you? Of course you can say you will be able to get around town and have a comfortable home to rest in with your family, but what does it really give you besides the essentials? You have a higher payment each month which will lead to added stress on yourself. You will be working more to take care of these payments which means less time with family and friends. Could you not be just as happy in a smaller home and less expensive car as you get to spend more time with those you love?

 
You Can’t Take It With You
You can’t take it with you is a popular saying that can be taken two ways. Some people take this as an example of why to spend the money you make. You can’t take it with you when you die, so why not spend it? Others, such as myself, think about the items that are purchased with the money such as big homes or fancy gadgets. You can’t use these items once you are gone. Though you may get a little pleasure out of them in the beginning, it can be more therapeutic to the soul and provide more happiness by spending time with family rather than money on expensive things.

 
Improving My Finances
As I began to see the worth of time rather than money, I began to save. I was not spending my paycheck on items that I did not need. I had more money to go on family trips or to visit friends who lived far away. I can save my money now and build a happier, more fulfilling lifestyle by understanding that material things are just that, items that after a short usage, just sit or become lost. Time is what I value now, taking enough to spend with family and friends to enjoy each and every day.

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