Can Money Make You Happy?

Money and Happiness !!

Yes, money can make you happy.

Of course, it can.

And no it can’t. Or at least usually not forever.

That is conditional happiness. As long as the money lasts, you can stay happy.

But what happens when you need money and don’t have it? The condition was that you have money. Now you don’t. Unhappiness reigns. Unhappiness. Fear. Stress.

So it can, and then it may only work for a short time. Your brain and emotions may be thrilled to have money and the relief of stress. But is your soul as happy? Do you think money is what your soul asks for? What does your soul need with money?

To say money can not make one happy is not accurate. It certainly does, but what if you could enjoy every moment of life whether you have money or not? It removes the immediate issues when we think we lack something we need.

With money you could go on a shopping spree. Or fly to Hawaii. Whatever.

But after Hawaii, you have to go home. Back to traffic, kids, job, reality. This worldly reality. The reality of this earthly realm.

Is there a way to live happily without money or things?

Yes. It is putting your happiness settings on so you can reset back to happy. And it is all about how you look at things.

People ask the question where can I find happiness? And how? You don’t have to live like a monk. But it helps if you do know how they think.

And Godsyou is not talking about stupid happy all the time, like a fool ignoring issues. Happiness here can be not allowing the problems of life to control your mood. That can be a difficult thing to do sometimes though. However, that is a worthy goal. I mean, how do you want to spend your time on earth? Happy or miserable? Then comes the question how to be happy?

“Rocky,” said nothing hits as hard as life, “It will knock you down and keep you down if you let it.” Bad things happen to everyone and at the worst time. So feeling sad when bad things happen seems natural. To let it ruin your happiness constantly is not. Accept that challenges will most certainly arise in life. We will handle them.

I am talking about maintaining your happiness levels, having a more positive way of moving through life with a confidence that we are bigger than the problems. To be able to return to a happiness level anytime you want. Even money makes you happy sometimes. But if you don’t have any, then stay calm at that time for we know everything changes. It is the only thing that is for sure.

Monks can stay calm through it all, but they learned how through a lot of hard work training their minds and emotions. And they contstantly have to work on it.

We all know or have heard of poor people who are happy, enjoy every day and dance about life because they find the joy in being alive. And there are the rich who are always miserable, looking for ways to make more money, and are still sad. Chasing the tail of the dog without ever stopping and looking in the mirror and thinking maybe ther unquenchable unhappiness is within.

Money and Happiness – Spend some time thinking about Happiness:

Take a moment and consider happiness and whether money can make you happy, I know it is not something we should chase, because happiness is like a butterfly, it will evade capture if one chases it. Happiness comes to you like a butterfly landing on your finger.

And the goal is, once you find happiness, to remember how you got to that point and make it your usual place to stay. To raise the happiness level so you can enjoy every moment more often and wild circumstances can not sway you as much as before.

This could be a morning ritual – to take a few minutes, reflect on your feelings, and bring that core level up. Every morning consider life and appreciate what you can of it and what comes your way.

In all honesty, money can make one happy as one no longer has to work hard to earn it. One can relax a bit and feel less pressure to pay the bills. We are free from that worry for a short amount of time. But if we don’t change the way we think, the worries will return next month or whenever.

They say money is just a form of energy that flows. And it seems if we can stay relaxed regarding it the flow can flow freely, and that means in and out of your hands.

What is happiness? It is different for everyone. But for me, what works is I have an appreciation of my life, nature, and all the things that come to me and will keep arriving, to not worry so much about things I can not control, to help others if I can, not to allow fear to control my life. Also, money makes you happy and sharing it with others will increase the happiness having money can give one. No you are feeding the soul.

And from the philosophers, including friends, family, and the famous ones on YouTube, I learned not to expect anything, to work toward my goal and when finished, let the results go and relax – make me happy. Leave it to fate to decide and start working on my next destination. Like a game. The one who worries least wins.

Enjoy Every moment

Live in the moment of now for a time. Just try it, and you will see all you miss or enjoy every moment of life we are surrounded by. Everything we miss when we think money makes us happy. The sunshine, the fresh air, the colors of the seasons, the taste of your favorite foods, conversations with your friends, the accomplishments of your family and friends, a job well done, the magic of the spider building a strong, mathematically impossible structure called a web.

YouTube has videos by Eckhart Tolle on Living in the Now, which have changed everything for me. He had both videos and books.

Have you heard the phrase when the student is ready, the teacher will appear? He has many times. If you are sincere and ask, the answers will pop out of nowhere. The info you seek will be found on TV, in the newspaper, radio, from a friend, or from shopping in a store. It works for me.

Why does my happiness come and go so easily?

Money can buy happiness, if only for as long as it lasts. This is what happens when we let things outside ourselves dictate our happiness, and the way to avoid that is to recognize that happiness is a choice we make inside our brains, not outside. Of course, outside things can and do make people happy or unhappy constantly; you should enjoy every moment. An appreciation for all the things we have and forget about what we don’t have. Those may or may not come later, but as for now be thankful.

It is hard to be happy with a toothache or if someone hits your car or a mate cheats on you. But after the calamity, it is still your choice to go back to a positive, happy state or a miserable one. You set the thermometer of your life inside.

That is by having no expectations, only enjoying every moment, seeing all that is going on around you, appreciating all that you have and will have, and appreciating all the things to be happy, loving, and thankful for. If there is one world to use with happiness it would be grateful, for everything you get and experience in this gift of life.

by: Jim Chilson

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  1. […] One important way to find true happiness & love is to track down where it comes from and where you set your Emotional thermostate. […]

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