Happiness, for some it’s an elusive pursuit of a mirage in the desert – always within sight but just out-of-reach. For others, it seems to come naturally. What makes them different? I came across an article in Forbes that started with people who were already happy and ranked the top 10 things they had in common. Let’s dive right in.
1) They slow down to appreciate life’s little pleasures (the mountains are calling and I must go – hey, you only live once)
2) They exercise (you already knew this one, they regularly schedule it and follow through)
3) They spend money on other people (giving will change your perspective on life)
4) They surround themselves with the right people (avoid negative influences)
5) They stay positive (stop complaining so much)
6) They get enough sleep (really helps with mood, focus, energy and self-control, also reduces stress)
7) They have deep conversations (avoid gossip and judging others; instead, build a connection with someone)
8) They help others (it’s a positive influence on your mood, but don’t over-commit)
9) They make an effort to be happy (attitude is a choice – work at it)
10) They have a growth mindset (you can improve with effort, challenges are really opportunities to learn something new)
That’s a great list! I will put a link to the whole article below.
Actually, happiness doesn’t really last. I would rather you had joy and contentment – which are really choices. Paul, from the Bible, said:
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
I strongly suggest you read “the purpose driven life” by Rick Warren – it will change your perspective because “it’s not about you”. It’s about the quest for personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning in life.
My point is that these habits affect all aspects of your life – including your finances!
For example, many of these habits could lead to a promotion at work. Many of these habits will lead to a healthier lifestyle – I think everyone would agree that healthcare costs are getting really expensive. Having these habits and knowing your purpose in life will help when you encounter challenges and obstacles on your personal financial journey.
This is a shorter than normal post but I want you to think about your daily choices and where you can improve!