10 Reasons Money Isn’t Everything – Or Is it

10 Reasons Why Money Isn’t Everything

 

Money Can't Buy HappinessIs money what it’s all about?  Have you ever wondered after your or your partner – or both of you spend at least eight hours a day working, striving to earn a decent income to support your family, provide for your needs, and (hopefully!) have something left over to fulfill a few desires,  – if this is it? Are we just meant to be money making machines? Well a Rich Mama knows there has to be more to life than just money, so here are 10 reasons why money isn’t everything. Read them, take a deep breath and chill.

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1. Family

 

While money can help your family to have the things they need and want, money can’t give you a family, grow your family, make your family healthy, or even give your family lasting happiness. Family togetherness and love depends on time spent, not money spent. So figure out ways to spend time with your family without spending money together – play a board game, go for a picnic lunch, watch a movie together – at home, play charades.

 

2. Health

 

Sure, money can pay for doctor’s visits and prescriptions, but even the wealthiest folks in the world know that money can’t buy you health. And money can’t replace or remove poor health or disease. Choose nutritious food and go out for a daily walk for exercise. Those two things don’t cost a lot and go a long way to “buying” you health.

 

3. Happiness

 

Money may provide things that can make you happy for awhile, but real, lasting happiness can’t be bought. It’s something that comes from contentment within.  Knowledge and confidence in who we are and a purpose in life is true happiness. Money can’t buy that.  I’ve always felt that money in the bank (not in the new pillows on the couch) is a much better way to provide happiness. Instead of focusing on what you have, imagine the money in the bank, just sitting there – bet that’s a stress buster.

 

4. Faith

 

You hear people talk about their faith in many different ways, and we do have faith in different things, but have you ever heard anyone claim to have faith in money? Probably not. While money may give us a sense of security, it can also fail us, and often does. Money let’s us down. Faith in something greater than ourselves, however, won’t.

 

5. Peace

 

It’s a well known truism that money can buy you a bed, but it can’t help you sleep. While money can provide things you need and want, it can’t alter your state of mind enough that you have lasting peace. That’s something that comes from within and money will never provide it.

 

6. Purpose

 

Regardless of what some may think, money – or acquiring it – isn’t the purpose of life. We are taught early on that the love of money is the root of all evil. It’s important to read that very carefully; the LOVE of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. Money is just a tool with which to build a life. Making money your purpose for living is dangerous. Find a purpose in your life that fulfills you and gives your life meaning.

 

7. Joy

 

While some equate joy with happiness, they are really two different things. Happiness is the bouncy feeling that comes along when something pleasant happens in our lives. Happiness can be as simple as an ice cream cone or a good book. Joy, on the other hand, is a deep-seated contentment that nothing can take away. And money certainly can’t bring joy into our lives. Money is superficial. Joy goes deep.

 

8. Personal Growth

 

Life is a process of personal growth and learning, and while money may provide the opportunity for that growth, it will never be able to provide the growth itself. Learning and growing come from a change within us not from the cash in our bank accounts, or the limit on our credit cards. Constantly learning new things opens our life up to new possibilities, new horizons. Money cannot open up our mind.

 

9. Love

 

Love is truly the greatest gift of life; the love of a child, a parent, a spouse, a sibling, or a friend. Love is what drives the world, and that drive should never be the love of money, but rather love for people. That’s what will bring real, lasting joy. Isn’t that what we’re all seeking? Money can’t buy love. Simply said and very true, indeed.

 

10. Money Can’t Buy Everything

 

While you can buy material things, pay for health care, even “buy” some people, there are things money can’t buy. Money can’t buy family, health, happiness, faith, peace, purpose, joy, personal growth, or love. Look at the hundreds of lottery stories; people who’s dream has come true, they are instant millionaires. Look at what happens to 99.9% of these people and I dare you to tell me that money is the answer to all your problems.

 

Money is a great tool and one that we all need to provide a good life for our families. But money is not the be all and end of life. Money is simply a tool. One that will help fashion life, but not create it. Next time you get caught in the money trap, take a few minutes to remember what in life is REALLY important. Your loved ones will be glad you did, and so will you.

Simple Wealth System For Families

Get Out Of DebtCreating a simple wealth system for your family doesn’t have to be hard.  Building wealth actually requires a holistic approach  – you need to build up your life mentally,  emotionally, spiritually, and financially. The words “health” and “wealth” actually come from the same root, which means “wholeness” in the sense of being complete.  When we improve our health, we should also include our wealth health – after all, you can’t have mental health if you’re worried over paying the bills all the time.  So a  simple wealth systems for families boils down to three steps:

Attract Wealth – You can attract wealth to your life by managing your money better – this is where  good household budgets comes in. You need a system for managing the money you are making or bringing into your life before going out and making more – cause if you’re spending it all now, well guess what  — you’ll just spend more of it mindlessly when you have more to spend.

Even as a stay at home mom you can make a tremendous impact in your family’s level of wealth by focusing on how it’s spent.  Even just one simple change – like trimming your food budget  – by committing to eating in and/or using coupons – can make a huge difference.  E

 

Attract Wealth Spiritually

They say you have to give to get and that no matter where you are in building wealth you should donate money.  The good feeling we get from being generous far outweighs the good feeling we get from a new pair of shoes.   But don’t let your charitable giving bankrupt you – we get hit up in so many ways, from the wrapping paper drive to candy sales for the band.   Not to mention all the worthy
“big” causes out there.

Just remember it’s ok to say no to some things – and to not keep up with the Joneses when it comes to giving – especially if you’re still trying to pay down credit card debt.

Attract Wealth with Positive Thinking

This is a tricky one.  Just thinking about being rich or wealthy won’t get you there.  But a positive mental attitude  — one that thinks your family deserves to be have the benefits of wealth – like freedom from debt, security, comfort about money – is definitely your right – and key to a family wealth system.

So you do need to create a positive mental idea of what wealth means to you – get specific – is it a picture of zero balance credit cars, your own home, sending your kids to college?   Note how none of this pictures have you driving a Bentley around town…

Use that picture and the good feelings it creates to help you when it comes to making money and spending decisions.   As they say, nothing tastes as good as thin feels – just turn that around and think….money spent never tastes as good as money saved…it will help you evaluate whether or not your spending decisions – especially an impulsive one – is worth it in the greater scheme of things.

So there you go – so simple strategies to create your own personal wealth systems for your family.  The backbone of any system truly is managing your household budget – and figuring out why and where you spend money – so you can make better decisions.  For the complete household budget system – reasonably priced – check out the RichMama Secrets to a Family Budget that Work. Check it out here: http://www.richmamasecrets.com/budgetbook