4 Steps to Get More Out of the Money You Have!!
Do you have to be rich to be happy? There is a grand American illusion that rich and happy are synonymous. Not true, but this belief runs deep. When asked how much money is enough? Most people reply: Just MORE.
A study reported in the book Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton asks:
"Would your life satisfaction double if you made $55,000 a year vs. $25,000 a year?" Most people say yes. But, research shows that those making twice as much money - 55K vs. 25K - were only 9% more satisfied than those making $25,000.
Happy Money's research also shows that once you're making about $75,000 a year, more money has NO IMPACT on day-to-day feelings of happiness.
Since making more money to be happier is really more of an illusion than reality, what can you do to ENJOY and VALUE the money you do have?
4 Steps to Enjoying the Money You Have:
Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, says it’s not just how much money you make, it’s how much you KEEP. These 4 Steps can help you Enjoy what you HAVE more and ATTRACT More Abundance, which isn’t just about money..
- Buy More Experiences than Stuff:
When we buy experiences, like the 3 week vacation my husband Dave and I just took, they are more lasting and meaningful than material things. Buying experiences contributes to happiness much more than stuff.
- Make things Special by Having Treats
For example, people that ate chocolate once a week anticipated and savored the chocolate vs. those that ate it every day. What treats can you give yourself this week?
- Give Away Small Amounts of Money
Putting a $1.00 in the Food Box at the grocery counter. It feels good to give and it's a good Law Of Attraction action. Try writing Thank YOU on your checks (if you still write checks, as I do). You are being GRATEFUL for the services and products you are able to purchase. Good energy out – good energy back!!
- Voluntarily Simplify
Many have lost homes in the Great Recession. I hear from quite a few that living smaller has been a blessing in many ways. For my husband and I, we choose to live in a small home, drive moderately priced cars and take 4-6 weeks of vacation a year. Living smaller and happier can is less stressful and can feel very empowering!!
Think about the steps you’d like to take to feel HAPPIER (& Less stressed) with the money you already have!!
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