There’s a strong correlation between wealth and happiness. Affluent nations tend to be happier than impoverished nations, and rich people tend to be happier than those living in poverty. Money’s impact on happiness isn’t as great as people believe it to be. If you have a job, clothes on your back, food to eat, & a roof over your head; then more money has only a small effect on your sense of well-being. People tend to get caught up in their everyday efforts and overlook the simple pleasures in life. Life is a gift and it should be treated as such. We are only given one life; it’s what you choose to do with it that creates a lifetime of happiness or a lifetime of despair.
We exist in a society which prioritizes money over happiness from time to time. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with money, just as there’s nothing inherently wrong with material possessions. It’s when we put money and material possessions first; we lose sight of our real priorities, of life’s true purpose. Buy more experiences and fewer things, because material goods decrease in value. Experiences, on the other hand, don’t.
In a 2018 issue of the Review of General Psychology, psychologists looked at years of research to determine what contributes to long-term happiness. They found that about 50 percent of our happiness is biological, determined by a sort of happiness “set point.” Roughly 40 percent of happiness comes from the things we choose to do, like exercising, setting goals and building friendships. Only around 10 percent of our happiness is actually based on circumstances like age, race, gender–and, perhaps surprisingly, financial status. Although your financial situation plays just a small part in your overall happiness, it certainly affects it.
Wealth and happiness mean different things to different people. That’s why the road to financial happiness begins with identifying your values. When you know what you believe and are focused on your highest priorities, you have control. You can earn, spend, save, and invest in effective and efficient ways. You can manage your money so that it reflects your energy, imagination, and passions in life. The secret to happiness is to lower your expectations. If you can’t be content with what you have, you’ll never lead a rich life, no matter how much money you earn. This equals true happiness.
FIND WHAT YOU TRULY LOVE TO DO AND DO IT!!! NOBODY CAN STAND IN YOUR WAY, BUT YOU.