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The Top Three Tips for Financial Happiness

Embracing the present, investing in experiences and giving back are the keys to unlocking financial happiness, writes Lynda Moore.

9 April 2024

Financial uncertainty often looms in our world’s chaos, a stark reminder of our anxieties regarding money-related decisions. However, despite these concerns, there’s a compelling argument for embracing financial happiness, regardless of our economic situation.

Why do so many of us defer happiness, waiting for some elusive future moment? What’s stopping us from finding joy in the present? And why do we constantly look to money as the key to our happiness?

Indeed, for those struggling to meet basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, more money can directly correlate with increased happiness, improved health, and reduced stress.

However, pursuing happiness takes a different form for those fortunate enough to have their basic needs met. So, what steps can we take to cultivate financial happiness right now?

Embrace the present

Instead of deferring happiness with the “I’ll be happy when ...” mentality, take a moment to appreciate the joys and blessings in your life today. Whether it’s the company of loved ones, simple pleasures, or personal achievements, find gratitude in the present moment. Start a gratitude diary to remind yourself of the abundance already present in your life.

Invest in experiences

Instead of fixating on acquiring material possessions, consider the value of accumulating experiences. Research by psychologist Dr Thomas Gilovich suggests that happiness derived from experiences tends to be more enduring than the fleeting joy of material possessions. Reflect on past experiences and consider how they’ve enriched your life. Before making a purchase, ask yourself whether it will bring lasting happiness or merely temporary satisfaction.

Give back

Counterintuitive as it may seem, spending money on others can often yield greater happiness than indulging in personal purchases. Whether buying a gift for a loved one or donating to a charitable cause, investing in others fosters a sense of fulfilment and connection. Consider small gestures of kindness that can brighten someone else’s day and enhance your well-being.

Bonus tip: Value your time

Time is a finite resource, and how we spend it dramatically impacts our happiness. Invest in experiences prioritising quality time with loved ones, whether a leisurely afternoon with family or a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend. Recognise the importance of time in cultivating meaningful relationships and pursuing activities that bring genuine joy.

Ultimately, true happiness isn’t measured by the size of our bank accounts or the possessions we accumulate. It’s found in the relationships we nurture, the experiences we cherish, and the values we uphold.

By reframing our relationship with money and embracing a mindset of gratitude and generosity, we can unlock the key to lasting financial happiness. So why wait to embark on this journey?

Start today and pave the way for a brighter, more fulfilling future.

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