A common myth is that money can buy happiness.
If someone figured out how to bottle happiness, they could be a kazillionaire.
If you listen to anyone who has been poor, who has attained wealth, they don’t necessarily say they are happier.
Happiness is something we choose, internally.
Granted, not having money can create stress.
Not having money can create undue hardships.
Being poor, can hamper you from doing the things you want.
No cash in the wallet, and you don’t get to buy those pretty things you have been eying.
But, I have also seen people, without money, who don’t appear stressed, who work with what they have in a creative way, and set their sites on doing things that don’t cost money. But, they appear happy.
What’s their secret? First, I think it’s their faith. Faith in a higher power. And secondly, I think they choose to be happy. They are happy with what they have been blessed with. Granted, they may not be driving a Mercedes or living in a mansion, but their old rundown car, gets them to where they need to go, and their home is filled with love.
I once heard a story of a poor man, who idolized a business man who had tons of money. The poor man said, “If I had his money, I would throw mine away” “Oh, how happy I would be.”
A few months later, the poor man had the opportunity to visit the rich man at his home. The poor man was in awe of the beautiful home, and brand new vehicles parked in the driveway.
The rich man greeted him at the door. Behind the rich man, stood a woman, and a small child in a wheel chair. The rich man introduced the poor man to his wife, and daughter, who was a quadriplegic. (she had suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident). The rich man commented that it saddened him, that there was nothing else he could do for his daughter.
The poor man realized, that all the money in the world, would not help to make the rich man’s daughter walk again.
On his way home, the poor man realized that even though he didn’t have a lot of money, his life was rich. He felt blessed, and never idolized another rich person again.
Listen to those self made millionaires, and what they say. Money gives them security. They don’t necessarily say they are happier.