Chasing the carrot
I still remember I when I heard someone say this for the first time;
“If I had a little more money I could be as happy as I was when I was broke.”
OK, it wasn’t stated exactly like that, but it is a great summary, and since hearing it, I have heard it over and over again. The first time I heard it went like,
“Tell me about a fun time in your life. A time when you where happy?” I started.
“University, I was beyond broke, my parents didn’t pay my way like the kids now. I couldn’t even afford a car, but it didn’t seem to matter, we had fun.”
“What would it take to get your life to a happy place like that again?”
“I’ve been working on that. I think if i can just make about 20% more, I would be there.”
This from someone making a good income. I am sure they would have said the same thing if asked a few years earlier, and making considerable less.
Why is it that so many feel that more money will bring the happiness, even if they feel the happiest times didn’t always involve money. If you are looking for more, we will never get there, as more will always be an option. Happiness and money I do believe are linked until the point you can live a basic life, a life without hunger or lacking safety. After that I would suggest that happiness is more likely a mind set, an outlook on life or a personal commitment.
I have watched people that have said a small raise would solve all their debt issues more than double their income and with it only increase their debt. I no longer believe more money will solve the problem, it is only a symptom of the true issue. Hoping that more money will bring happiness, is mistaking the symptom for the problem.
Find happiness and it will only make it easier to make your financial life work, and what is better than living a happy life.