Are you happy with your money and your financial life? If not, did you know that you can be, and that you don’t have to be rich to make it happen?
You can absolutely be happy with your money.
Charles Dickens had it right
Charles Dickens had it right when he wrote, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”
Or in today’s terms, living below your means brings happiness. Spending more than you earn brings misery.
What it takes
Experiencing the joy of money is really about arranging your life in a way that allows you to be content. That takes planning, patience, and the ability to figure out what matters most to you.
It’s about embracing the idea of enoughness instead of constantly grasping for more, believing that “you’ll be happy when…”
Aligning your money and your life
All that means aligning your money and your life do that you spend on what matters to you, and so that you’re not constantly under financial stress. Use a spending plan, prioritize, and get out from under the crush of debt.
If that sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it can be. But it’s work that’s worth it.
You’ll experience the joy of money — one that allows you to live the life you love.Posted in Emotions & Money on 05.30.12 with 10 comments.