When it comes to Happiness, it is a safe bet that access to money or resources plays a role. Things that money will buy can make you feel better. Like in the above music video by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars: many of us want to a billionaire, so… bad.
Buying things that make you feel successful are the pursuit of happiness for some people. Having the things that bring joy to you and your family are meaningful. Having cars, clothes, houses, and items of prestige help many to define their lives. But, I found an interesting article that shows how saving can lead towards happiness.
Saving for a goal although it may forego immediate gratification, can make one feel happy. Knowing that you are working towards a goal, that is part of a greater plan for your life, may make you feel happy about what struggles you may go through in the short term.
Saving money and investing in real estate, stocks, or education, have been historical paths to wealth and prosperity. Wealth has proven to make some people happier, though we don’t want to believe it’s true. This episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, entitled “The Cars of Tomorrow” has rare cars and real estate that might make one dream of what they would do with added riches.
Should you feel bad that someone is wealthy and you may not be? Heck no! Find a way to make the best life for yourself, now, today, and into your future. What you have, may not seem to be a lot, but it may be a lot to someone else. If you are wealthy today, why not consider helping others less fortunate than yourself. For example, donating money to create a scholarship at your alma mater, or another school that does something for others that you think is meaningful.
Donating gently worn or “vintage” clothing to thrift stores will help those less fortunate than yourself. Sometimes you may even find something that you will like, too.
Giving to institutions that are well known to help others is fine, but how can you make a difference with limited funds? If your library or makerspace has been particularly gracious to you, why not donate funds to advance their progress. I remember the story of an individual who said he benefitted greatly from the public library system, He then donated liberally to it after he became wealthy. Timothy Sykes, wrote, “Ten Ways to Be a Stock Market Millionaire”, that has ideas to get started in investing.
What would you do with great wealth? Who would you help? What would you change? How would you make value? What worth would it bring? Would it make you happier? Write about it in the comments section. I will include some comments with this article. It is safe to say that Jay Leno, former host of the Tonight Show, is excited about vehicles. Here is an interesting video of Jay Leno’s Garage that shows what one person can do with great wealth.
How would great wealth influence your life, write about it in the comments.