Some people will definitely argue with me, but I think that money plays a big part in one’s quest for happiness. Most of you will probably agree with the fact that:
#1 being happy is priceless
#2 there is a price to pay for happiness
First things first, if you don’t wake up in the morning with the smile on your face, you won’t be happy regardless if you are rich or not. Happiness is a state of mind, something you cannot buy.
However, once you have the state of mind incrusted in your brain, you must be ready to pay the price to keep it. Actually, happiness is something that is renewed daily. It’s not something you can buy for a month like a bus pass, it takes effort every single day of your life to be happy.
When I am talking about the price to pay, I am not necessarily talking about cash. I am talking more about all the time and effort you have to sacrifice to keep this peace in your heart. Sometimes it requires money, sometimes; it just requires a smile.
Working hard to live a comfortable life
Most statistics show that money is the root of most disputes among couples, friends and family. Therefore, if you can find enough money to live comfortably, you will avoid a lot of stress and negative energy.
I recently paid off my parent’s loan and I must say that it was quite a relief. Owing money to relatives is not a pleasant thing and I would never do it again. It had caused an unnecessary stress in my life and I feel much better now that I have paid back my debt.
Working hard, but achieving balance
Some people work like crazy, I know it because I was once part of that crowd. I used to wake up early, work, work, work and return home around 8pm. Since it wasn’t enough, I had registered in an MBA program.
This was a bit ridiculous when I look back at the number of hours I worked during this time (while abandoning my wife). But I realized soon enough that working and making money was only a piece of the puzzle. Reaching the balance between having a life (i.e. spending quality time with the ones you love) and making money is the real deal.
I now concentrate on making more money by working less. And let me tell you, this is quite a challenge ;-). However, by becoming more productive, creating a sideline and working really hard when you are supposed to work (without having to work more hours) will lead you to this balance.
In the end, this is what I call “the price to pay for being happy”: it is the time and effort, the decisions you make to improve your life over the long term while sacrificing short term aspects. Over the past 8 years, I know that is why I have been working so hard and why today I enjoy what I have built.
So Where are you?
Are you in a working stage of your life? Or are you able to reach a balance where you can enjoy life without lacking money?
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