How to have enough or more money to be happy seems to be a popular question asked by many. If you think carefully, the answer will be “You will never have enough!”. When you first graduate, you might think that when you have a million, you will be happy and comfortable. When you finally have a million, you will realise you need 10 million. The more you have, the more you want. That’s the truth.
Happiness cannot be pursued and it is impossible to be pursued. If we think that once we attain certain wealth, we can be happy, we are wrong. Totally wrong! This means that we put a condition to our happiness. We cannot be happy before we achieve certain level of wealth.
When I have no money to buy a house, I always think that once I have a house, I will be happy and comfortable. Once I bought a house, I realized I only feel happy for a while and it doesn’t last long. Then, I realised that the house is too small. Are you one of them? After achieving something, you found that the happiness last only for little while. Perhaps, you are not alone!
We often have unlimited desires and it is not easy to control our desire when we work extra hard to get to our goal. We usually will have the feeling that we ought to be spending some money to reward ourselves for working hard. Else, there is no point to working hard if we cannot enjoy our fruit of hard work. Without realising, it becomes a vicious circle.
No one tells you that when you have more money, different problems will also arise, it will lead to greater sense of the fear of losing it. Will you be happy? Never!
The economist in mid-70s, Richard Easterlin, showed that economic growth does very little to improve human happiness. The Easterlin Paradox states that at a point in time, happiness will increase when there is an increase in income. However, after some time, happiness does not increase when the income continues to grow. This finding concludes that we do need money during the initial phase of wealth generation. This is purely for survival and security purpose. Beyond that point, more money does not necessarily bring us more happiness.
The key is to always have basic financial security. As long as we do not spend more than what we earn, the security is being established. You won’t feel fear. We got to trust that we have enough wealth at all times. We need to acknowledge that our desire will be bigger and bigger. Take one step at a time to improve our earning and automate our earning to create some passive income streams.
Never put a condition to our happy life. Enjoy your life regardless of our wealth condition. Happiness is short-lived after achieving a goal. Why not choose to be happy during the journey to achieve a goal? Watch the Youtube video here on this topic.
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