Money can not buy happiness. At least not alone. In today’s society, those who have a lot of money have respect and prestige. I think that’s a shame. There are few people who are happy with money alone. Even the biggest Hollywood stars with the thickest accounts are often depressed and dissatisfied with life. The enlightenment that money alone does not make people happy usually comes only in old age. I admit that as a teenager I dreamed of making a lot of money myself. But actually, and I have only been able to determine this over the past few years, the following “thing” is much more important:
The freedom to be able to do what you want, what is really fun and important in life. That’s what I think many people want when they say they want to get rich. But you don’t get rich from money – whoever runs after the money will not be satisfied in life.I would sign it like that. It is much better to shape your life so that the decisions you make are based on what your heart tells you. I know enough people who chose their job based on the criterion of “earnings”. The result is ultimately growing dissatisfaction. In my years as a marketing consultant I was able to get to know many entrepreneurs, I tried many business models to make them more successful. The ones who were and were really successful were the ones who did their business with passion. Not the ones who just made money from something.
Who is happier – the shepherd with € 1,500 a month or the management consultant with € 3,000 a month?
I can afford something vs. I want to afford something
Everyone should define between “I can afford something” and “I want to afford something”. The question should always be what you want to spend your money on. Those who have more money can consciously afford more things. Ironically, however, the will to afford certain things decreases with increasing content. (Unless you have so much money that you don’t know where to put it). If I spend most of my salary at the beginning of the month, I lose a bit of freedom for the rest of the month – for example, you might not be able to go out to dinner with my girlfriend spontaneously. Most of the money available is always based on the minimal economic principlemanaged – certain things are always tried to spend as little money as possible. I think it should be the other way around. Rather, the maximum principle should apply. Means getting the most out of your money. However, many people cannot do this because the money at their disposal is simply too small to do so. I do not mean poor people, but people with income who are already planned for at the beginning of the month. Example: If you finance an expensive car every month, plus a cell phone here, a Pay TV subscription there and a loan for a television set here, As a result, the freedom for such people to get the most out of their money decreases. This is purely psychological. You actually got a lot out of it for the money, but it feels like you don’t have any money. You should therefore always be aware that every euro I spend limits your freedom a bit. That’s why you should think about what you want to afford. For example, I could easily afford a car, but I don’t want it because other things are more important to me. Your decisions should be based on this.
Use the money consciously – get the maximum out of it
But what is the maximum? There is much to argue about, but I don’t mean by maximum that you should buy the most expensive car. On the contrary, because that means that I have to pay it off and have to apply the minimal principle for everything. People make their buying decisions emotionallywhat we actually buy are feelings. When I buy a Mercedes, I only buy a car secondarily, I primarily buy a feeling of power, pride and fame. But the feeling wears off quickly, every month I pay 800 € for it, but the Mercedes somehow always remains the Mercedes, meanwhile I’ve got used to it, the feeling wears off – what remains is the monthly amount that flutes and me restricted in my freedom. Wouldn’t it be much better to have more freedom then? For me, this question is clearly answered with yes. For me, there is a direct link between people’s satisfaction and the number of loans sold. In the past, you just saved a few months for a television (saving leaves the feeling of freedom,People today earn no less than they used to, and we are relatively more prosperous today than we used to be. And I think that’s why.
Sometimes the little things make the difference …
How do I get happy with my money?
You don’t have to have a lot of money to be happy. Of course there is always a certain part that goes on monthly for rent, for food and wherever. But maybe you should take a look at what your money goes out for each month. Ask yourself – do you really need that? Do you absolutely have to have the latest Iphone just because it’s in? Or maybe a Samsung Galaxy S3 is not enough, which you can buy for less than € 200? Free yourself once from the consumption frenzy. There are important things for me that I like to spend money on. These are mainly trips. When I travel, I have the feeling that I can get the most out of my emotions with the money I spend. The memories and the experiences that I have are priceless for me.
What makes you really happy
Satisfaction at work has a direct impact on life satisfaction in general. Those who are dissatisfied at work will not be happier with a higher salary. But if you do a job that is fun and fulfilling, then it is okay to earn less. If you have a job that you don’t like, think about it. It is important to spend a lot of time with his family, with his girlfriend, with all people who mean something to you.
What do you want to tell your grandchildren?
See money as a means. However, money should never be the maxim of your actions. People who have less money value things much more. Anyone who has ever been to Africa will appreciate much more simple things like eating and drinking. We as Europeans are very spoiled there. A lot of people, and that’s a shame, just can’t have enough of consumption – car here, Gucci there. That doesn’t make you happy. Happy is the one who is free, The one who goes to bed with a good feeling in the evening. The one who has friends and has a family who loves him. Happy is the one who can appreciate things of little monetary value. Happy is the one who can tell his grandchildren at some point what has been great in life. I don’t want to tell my grandchildren that I had a great car – and when asked “what else?” – “nothing, there was no money for more”.
Hopefully this article will help you to critically question your view of the importance of and use of money at least once. Feel free to write us in the comments how you rate money in connection with life satisfaction!
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