Day 19: Money And “Stuff” Won’t Make You Happy

In yesterday’s blog post we talked about the importance of living with a purpose and how your spiritual health can add to your life. It all comes back to manifesting the intention of living a happy and fulfilled life.

Today I want to talk about what doesn’t make you happy. We’ve talked a lot so far about why it’s important to live with purpose, and a big part of it is because it makes you feel happier and more content.

What doesn’t guaranteed that you’ll be happier is money and more material possessions. In fact, quite the opposite seems to be true.

Yes, of course there’s a time when a little extra cash and a more reliable car can indeed increase your level of happiness and decrease your stress level  and your worries. There’s an income / wealth threshold below which money and material possessions really CAN make us happier, safer and more secure.

But once we reach a level where we live somewhat comfortably and don’t have to worry about having food in the fridge, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our head, something very interesting happens. From there on out, more money and more possessions simply gives us more “stuff” to worry about.

In those cases an increase in material and monetary possessions doesn’t increase happiness.

The goal then shouldn’t be to do everything we can to keep up with the “Joneses”. Instead, what makes us happy is living a purpose driven and meaningful life.

Deep down you already know this.

Meaningful experiences trump material gifts anytime. We remember the fun trips we took as kids or the time we got to see a concert much more vividly than a pile of presents under the tree. Yes, there are exceptions like the year you got the new bike, but that’s when there was purpose and meaning attached to the material gift.

The goal then, when we want to increase our overall happiness and well-being, shouldn’t be to accumulate as much money and stuff as possible. It should be to focus on having our basic needs covered so we don’t have to worry too much, and then shift our focus to experiences and relationships.

That’s the true key to leading a happy and fulfilled life.

It also means focusing on finding purpose in what we do. Instead of, or better in addition to financial goals, start making ones for relationships, experiences, and the likes.

Instead of focusing on that next big promotion or bonus check, or how you’ll afford a new car, spend your time and energy on the things and people that are important for you.

Start living with purpose and start making a difference. That’s what will increase your happiness and well-being along with that of those around you.