Feeling happy and wealthy in life begins within. You have to appreciate what you have in your life already, your family, friends, and job, instead of focusing on what you wish you had. To feel happy and wealthy in life is possible and easy. It's all about viewing things in a positive way. Optimism and contentment are important if you don't want a miserable life.
Often, people waste precious time thinking about what they don't have. They start to believe their lives will improve if only they have more money, more friends, or more gadgets. They think about what's lacking instead of the abundance that is already overflowing into their life. Here are three ways to feel happy and wealthy in life.
1 Always Think Positive
If you appreciate what you have, you'll be inspired to take the necessary actions to bring more of what you want into your life. From a practical point of view, this all starts with living happily with what you have. Now, at first, this may sound rather counterproductive, but living happily with what you have doesn't mean that you're completely satisfied and fulfilled. It simply means that you appreciate all the good parts of your life, and you recognize that you can take those things you have, even if they are few, and build upon them.
Very often, we take our lives for granted and forget to give thanks for all that is good. If you're having a tough time recognizing the goodness in your life, then make a gratitude list. Be thankful for being able to pay the rent because this means that you have a place to sleep, for your winter coat because you'll stay warm this winter, for your family because of their love, support, and guidance, and for having a job because it has allowed you to provide for your family. If you can be happy with what you have now, you'll have a deeper appreciation for the better circumstances that are coming to you in your future. Just imagine how much more you'll appreciate your move to a large home with a spacious property if you begin to enjoy your current humble place.
2 Don't Compare Yourself To Others
Remember, the term "wealth" doesn't only relate to money. You can be wealthy by having a loving family who visits often or friends who care for you like one of their own. There's much more to life than who has the latest designer purse or fanciest sports car in the neighborhood.
If you constantly compare yourself to your neighbor based solely on material possessions, you may not fully understand what your neighbor's life is like. He may appear wealthy with his BMW, but he might be suffering in his personal life. Be very careful in making judgments about others because you never truly know what's going on behind closed doors. Material possessions alone do not make an abundant life.
3 Save Your Money
When you don't have a lot of material possessions and monetary wealth, ironically, it becomes easier for you to learn how to save money. To save money is paramount if you want to build monetary wealth, but to do so, you have to learn how to delay gratification. This means that you must make sure that you're making more money than what you're spending. Ideally, you want to pay for everything you have, not finance it. Without truly owning your possessions and going into debt, you're moving farther away from wealth.
Besides saving money, the real way to build wealth is to make more money. That may sound rather obvious, but too many people aren't making the money that they can and should.
You have to make the conscious decision to get unstuck from your dead-end job and the rat race.
You have to rise above the crowd and do something different. This may mean that you have to discover creative ways for you to make more money. For many people today, that may mean getting involved in a virtual office or an Internet-based business.
But whatever the case might be for you, you can elevate yourself. If you're unhappy with the money you're making, you have to start thinking about ways to increase the amount of money you make. This way, you can realize your dreams.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."