Finding Ways to Enrich Your Life
You don’t need to have a million dollars in your savings to be happy. It’s not the financial aspect of your life that will get you there. There are things far more important than earning a seven-figure income, and when you prioritize the riches of life instead of the zeroes on your bank account, that’s when you are truly living. The secret to happiness is not as elusive as you think.
Keep Your Friends Close
Throughout your life, you lose and gain friends. If you’re losing more than you’re acquiring, there might be a problem. Perhaps you’re too selfish in the way you act, or you don’t spend time enriching your friendships. These people will keep you grounded and will help you when you need it–but only if you keep them around. The good news is, the right friends don’t need much. They will not ask that you spend hundreds of dollars on them. They will not stick around just because you indulge their nightly partying habits. They will be content with you taking over the party table rental arrangements for their birthday in Utah. They will appreciate even a holiday card showing you remember them. They also enjoy the random phone calls to catch up. Your time is the most valuable gift you can give to them, and they will treasure every minute you have to offer.
When you work hard, success follows. This might mean a higher position or a bigger paycheck, but that shouldn’t be your ultimate goal. Instead, think about how much you can give back because you earn more. Your parents paid for everything when you were younger, and they never asked for a cent back; now that you’re earning your own money, help make your parents’ life more comfortable in return. Don’t stop there. Give your family gifts on special occasions, and reach out to local charities to make some donations. Some need more than you, and they will appreciate any amount you can give.
Find Happiness Beyond Material Things
It is expected that when you earn money you can spend for yourself, you’ll want to buy all the things you wanted growing up but the family never had money for. You want to splurge on yourself. And you should–up to an extent. Amassing material things is not synonymous to happiness, so if your way of relaxing is by spending more, there is a problem. Instead of turning to retail therapy, make plans for your family or with your loved ones. Use the money you’re earning to spend quality time with the people who matter to you. Even the items you’ve spent on but don’t use anymore can still give you happiness if you donate them to the needy. The smiles you see on their faces when you give them clothes, toys, or even canned goods are priceless, and it will make your soul happy.
You don’t have to be rich to be happy. But when you seek happiness beyond your selfish needs, that’s when you are living an abundant life.