How to Be Rich... Even If You Don't Have Much Money
Apparently, you're only as rich as you feel, and for many people, having any sort of financial constraint indicates that they don't have enough. There's also that tendency we all share to compare our assets with what others have, and that makes most of us feel that we're lacking.
So the rich are different. They have more assets, but they may feel less secure and more discontented.
A rich mindset
More of us need to measure happiness by something other than the number of our possessions. It's actually the person who craves more and more (or the millionaire who doesn't think he has enough) who is lacking. Their mindset makes them poor.
It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
5 ways to be rich – even without a big bank balance
These assets make our lives better every day.
Being rich in relationships is about appreciating the people in our lives and developing our ability to love and show love.
We've all heard the comment that "No one reaches the end of their life wishing they could have worked more or had more money in the bank. They wish they could spend more time with the people they love." We know this is true, but do we always make choices that align with that truth? When we choose people over money or things, life is richer.
2. Rich in character
Being rich in character is about personal development. When we nurture resilience, patience, self-control, wisdom, kindness, and more, we're giving ourselves the tools to succeed at life, no matter what circumstances come our way.
3. Rich in well-being
All the money in the world doesn't make up for bad health. We can't control everything when it comes to health, but we can make choices that show we appreciate our lives and the bodies we have. A healthy lifestyle repays us in many ways.
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Appreciating what you have, enjoying the beauty around you, and being open to humor and laughter make life rich. We all know what it's like to slog through a day only paying attention to problems and stressors. What a difference to a day spent:
- focusing on the interesting details we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch
- taking pleasure in tasks we accomplish and problems we solve
- smiling and interacting with other people in positive ways
- being thankful
5. Rich in experience
It's true that some experiences cost a lot of money, such as world travel and higher education (though they may be worth it). I enjoy attending live theater and symphony performances, and those tickets can get very expensive. But other experiences don't cost much at all, such as my favorite classical radio station. Music makes my life rich, regardless of how I experience it.
When we choose to forgo things that matter less, we can make a plan to pay for things that are more important to us. That certainly fits the minimalist mindset of removing things that clutter our homes, schedules, or budgets to make room, time, and money for what we care about.
Rich lives don't have to be expensive.
We can all enjoy rich lives, even if our incomes are middle class. Let's remember that during this season when it's so easy to lean toward overindulgence. We can be happy without being excessive.
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It's hard to feel satisfaction when you're driven to acquire more, do more, go more, be more. It's hard to feel blessed when you're always looking for the next big thing, instead of focusing on what you already possess.
The practice of gratitude opens our eyes to all of the goodness we overlook when we're sad and suffering, or when distracted by busyness and daily annoyances. Through giving thanks, we become ever more sensitive to our benefits and blessings.
Maximum Gratitude: Find Happiness and Contentment Through the Habit of Giving Thanks,* is part journal and part inspirational handbook. Beginning with a 30 day Gratitude Challenge, you'll do more than read about gratitude. As you develop and hone a thankful mindset, you'll also create a storehouse of positive memories and observations you can turn to again and again.
Maximum Gratitude is a fantastic tool to help you or a loved one develop the thankfulness habit. Use it to bring richness to your life every day.
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