Pretend you’ve just made your first million. Now imagine that your wealth continues to grow and you keep prospering. You become a proper millionaire and you’re on top of the world. The real question to ask yourself now is: does being a millionaire make you happy?
Why is Happiness Important?
Happiness is important simply because I believe you work better when you’re happier! Now let’s discuss whether money really makes you happy or whether you pin your idea of happiness onto several milestones.
First, in order to be happy you don't have to wait for some milestone, which may or may not even happen. NOTHING. Today, as long as you do the work, you can be content.
Second, science says when you're in a good mood, you can achieve more – faster and easier!
Third, here’s what you should know. If you get happy first, and then go on a roll and make millions of dollars, the extra money, I think, will be more likely in the short term to give you a big hit of happiness.
And fourth, it is less likely that “money high” would wear off. Over time it will taper off, yes. But it will significantly increase the baseline level of happiness. Whereas, if you chase money and expect happiness to follow, it's almost guaranteed that soon after you hit your monetary goal, you'll be back to your original emotional state.
See what I'm doing here? I’m flipping how you relate to money and happiness. My belief is that the entire argument about “buying money brings happiness” is completely backward. Ironically, the reverse is a much more successful way of thinking about the money-happiness relationship.
I’m going to add one caveat to this, though. The key is to be aware of that, then let it go. That means, don't go about the day asking, “Is this going to make me happy? “Or “Am I much happier? “Or “Does my search for happiness work?
That's like trying to get rid of a fear by focusing obsessively on not being afraid. Have you ever tried it? Not going too well, isn't it? All this does is make the fear worse. That’s why you shouldn’t hyper focus on happiness either.
So How Can You Keep Yourself Happy?
Here are all the things you can do to ensure that you stay happy with or without millions in the bank.
You should try helping others, exercising, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and drugs, getting enough sleep, spending quality time with loved ones, enjoying nature, traveling, studying, enhancing the talents that God has given you, meditating, expressing appreciation and more!
Because the secret to happiness doesn’t lie in focusing on happiness, but focusing instead on yourself. If you take care of your spiritual and mental needs, you’ll find that you’re always in a state of bliss.