Money is the root cause of all Evil !
So is being broke Holy ?
Wherever you go, there will be people complaining about the ill effects money has on society. From greedy politicians to power hungry industrialists to your neighbor who can’t stop showing off his brand new sports car – Money is just bad.
You have probably seen various lists of “Things Money Can’t Buy”, and skipped your harsh reality for a moment to acknowledge this wisdom and truly appreciate what you have in your life. But in a matter of minutes you find yourself back in the race to the finish line striving to enhance your life from its present state.
Let’s agree that we no longer live in an era where society survived on a barter system, and everything is governed by fiat currency. Money is a necessity for survival – whether you are trying to pay off your student loans, or dreaming for your own home or simply hoping to relax your mind by attending a spiritual retreat in the mountains, money is at the core.
Instead of accepting our reality, we have been trying to obscure it with lists of things that make the pursuit of money an immoral and greedy endeavor.
If money doesn’t buy happiness, does poverty ?
Scientific research has proven that the correlation between money and happiness is defined by one attribute – the way money is spent.
Money CAN Buy Happiness when :
YOU SPEND ON EXPERIENCES
We have all felt a jolt of joy when we unwrap our newest smartphone and hold it in our hands. But we have also watched this feeling fade away in no time. If you would rather spend this money on an experience you have been eagerly waiting for, how would that make you feel ?
I chose to skydive for the first time in my life instead of purchasing an unwanted toy at three times the price. The experience of falling 15000 feet through the skies can never match up to a phone with a dual camera.
You may feel proud and happy for a day after receiving a fat bonus check, but it is only after you have spent it on an experience worth remembering that you truly know the value of your hard work. Experiences and memories offer a lifetime of happiness, while your impulse purchases are short bursts of excited hormones.
YOU SPEND ON YOUR LOVED ONES
I have a hard time shopping for myself and it often takes my family to point out my lack of awareness with the latest brands or the time to stop wearing those old fashioned jeans. However, this does not prevent me from spending on the people I love.
Noticed the smiles on the faces of your loved ones when your tiniest gesture changes their day ?
Sharing is the key to happiness. This does not necessarily mean you go out and purchase expensive gifts. On some occasions, spending money to fly out and be with your loved ones without notice is all it takes. You can buy time by outsourcing your chores for a day only to cherish quality time with your family.
Time is more valuable than money, but will you have time if you’re still battling the acceptance of money as a necessity for survival ?
And last and most important …
YOU SPEND ON OTHERS
You choose to begin spending on experiences over material things and watched your family rejoicing your gift of time, but how would you feel when you spend without any ulterior motive ? Charity begins at home, but does not end there.
When you contribute your money to someone who isn’t as fortunate as you, your happiness is hard to define. Helping another in need is what fulfills the soul regardless of the capitalistic society we live in. A tiny contribution may not appear as much to you, but can open a world of opportunities for someone fighting for survival. Those warm fuzzies you get when you notice the impact of your gratitude is happiness as a result of your hard work for money.
You don’t necessarily have to be as rich as Bill Gates and strive to eradicate the worlds health problems, but you can certainly contribute to a greater cause.
Allow your Money to Awaken the Humanitarian in you to open a two way road to Happiness !
It’s easy to label money as evil when greed is the driving force for your hard work. But if your greed isn’t for money, but for happiness, money is simply a part of your life. Accept the relevance of money in our society until we have another way around it and use it to your own benefit to create your world of happiness. Money well spent, is happiness rightly earned.
Make money your Servant,
NOT your Master !
Carpe Diem !