Do you think money is the secret to happiness in the long run? A lot of people ask me the question, “Can money buy you happiness?”.
Does money equal happiness?
First of all, the answer is no — you don’t need money to be happy.
This is, after all, a debatable topic by a lot of people and not everyone would answer no BUT……
Being a global entrepreneur for over 35 years and knowing many people that have a lot of money along with having done very well for myself, I can tell you that sometimes using big money for buying all kinds of things like homes, boats, and cars can actually make you an unhappy person — because you get many more things to deal with and many more areas to add problems in your life.
“Wealth is the ability to truly experience life.” –Henry David Thoreau
So money doesn’t necessarily buy you happiness but I will say this… let’s just think about it —
What are the things that money could do for you?
Money could help your family and ultimately provide for the family in many ways — which is usually the main and driven factor as to why we work so hard for more money.
You could use it for amazing and relaxing vacations — to do and see some awesome things but mostly to reset and enjoy life in these fortunate ways.
And if you’re a charitable person, which you should be, and you’d like to help nonprofits, that would be a great way to use your money for long-term happiness.
Although, you don’t necessarily need money for nonprofits because you can contribute your time.
Helping others and giving back is — NOT Money — the Secret to Happiness
Can money cause problems?
Although money can be helpful, it can also lead to greed and unhappiness.
So you’ve gotta be very careful.
I like to say if you have money, put it to good use, don’t be greedy or you will be unhappy. — Kevin Harrington
Overall, put your money to good use by providing for others, for the family, for nonprofits, and participate in a giving back to the community in general.
Zig Ziglar, one of my mentors, said it best that……
“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar
If you think about money and your life that way in helping other people, you’ll be happier in the long run.
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