We are all well aware of the popular adage, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” It’s true we can’t spend our way into happiness. Happiness is a state of mind, and we can access it whenever we want.
We all have seen examples that show us that accumulating stuff and material possessions don’t necessarily make us happy. Getting wealthy doesn’t mean you’ll live happily for the rest of your life. But at the same time we can’t let go of another important financial truth: Money gives us options. With money, we empower ourselves to make choices that align best with us.
Having money ensures that you have a cushion and you are not entirely dependent on your employer or your clients. It gives you more flexibility. A majority of people live paycheck to paycheck and put up with unrealistic deadlines and horrible bosses at work because they badly need their job. If you have an emergency fund set up and have a solid balance, and if your work environment is heavily toxic or you are not enjoying the work that you do, then you can quit and switch to another job or line of work that better aligns with you. Money gives you the assurance that you’re not stuck in a situation that you despise.
Having money means you don’t become destitute and live a stressful life. There are countless people who go through constant financial stress and worries. When you have a hefty bank account, you don’t sweat over the small stuff. Things become lighter and you become relaxed.
Having money means that you are not constantly trying to “survive” and keep your head above the water. With money on your side, you start thriving and thriving well. It enables you to experience new places and cultures, enjoy adventures and have intense and memorable moments. Money helps you live your life to the fullest.
Having money means that you no longer have to be weighed down by debt. Debt equals slavery. The borrower is always a slave to the lender. Money helps you become a lender, not a borrower. With money, you eliminate debt and the chains that come with it, and you set yourself free.
Having money ensures that you give your children a high-quality education, healthcare, and the best opportunities out there to develop themselves. It helps you give them the right start in life.
Having money enables you give a portion of it back to your preferred charities and to your community. With money, you are able to support the causes that you believe in and help people both locally as well as globally.
A majority of us have negative beliefs about money and accumulating wealth, but we can’t deny the fact that money is an important tool in this world. Sure, money is not everything, but it’s also not evil. As the old expression goes, “Money on its own is neither good nor bad; it is a means to an end.” Money is a tool that gives us a better quality of life.
Money gives us choices, it’s as simple as that. Lack of money means having limited or no choices at all. Money empowers us to make choices with regard to every aspect of our life, whether it’s about what kind of work we do, where we live, how we contribute to the global community or how we take care of our physical and mental well-being. We must work towards becoming wealthy and living a life of abundance; it’s our birthright after all.
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