When the holidays roll around and the year comes to a close, we think about the joy of being together with family and friends, but we also think about money. Do you find yourself asking how could you improve the holidays if you had more money? Do you stress over giving the perfect gifts to your loved ones?
While having a comfortable amount of money enables you to experience financial freedom, the truth is, there’s a limit on the correlation between money and happiness. Whether you’re checking your bank statement to prepare for the holidays, or just wishing to know more about how to buy happiness, here are three ways to find fulfillment through your finances.
1. SPEND IT ON OTHERS – AND WITNESS THE IMPACT
It’s nice to buy things for yourself, but the thrill of something new can only last so long. True fulfillment comes from using your money to do good, for others. Think about the face of someone you love when they open an incredible gift, or envision a group of people more in need than you when they receive your donation. As Tony Robbins often says, “The secret to living is giving.”
2. SPEND IT ON EXPERIENCES
When was the last time you looked at a piece of clothing in your closet and thought, “Wow, this has brought so much fulfillment to my life?” Spending money on experiences, instead of things, leads to a greater sense of appreciation for what you have. Even better, when you share these experiences with the people you love, you’re creating timeless memories you’ll fondly look back on.
3. BUY BACK YOUR TIME
You might be thinking, “How can I buy time?” Think of everything you have to do during your day: take your kids to school, go to work, make dinner – and that’s not even factoring in all the small tasks, like getting your oil changed, vacuuming the house and more. When you have enough money to reclaim your time, by paying someone else to handle these smaller tasks, you get more opportunity to pursue the things that are important to you.
So, does money buy happiness? If you’re not in the right state, then no. But if you’re grateful, have an abundance mindset and are able to experience financial freedom, the overall quality of your life will improve.
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