I want to share a wonderful article delivered to my Inbox this morning. What I enjoy is that this seems an uncharacteristic perspective from a financial sort…which, in my opinion, makes it fresh and poignant.
How to Be Happier With Your Money, by Morgan Housel.
Interesting, from my view here planted mostly in Life Coach-land, to see Mr. Investment-type inquire whether the unending pursuit of more money can really deliver happiness. Housel references a gerontologist and a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics to ferret out which is the more worthwhile question: Do I need to pursue more money in order to be happier? Or, do I have what I need to be happy?
I love the four major points that have a big impact on making people happy, which Housel borrows from Kahneman (the psychologist). Guess what–more money isn’t one of them.
So, in the future, I’ll stop to ask myself: What is the whole deal? What am I losing or sacrificing in order to pursue more money to gain more happiness? What if it is happiness itself that I’m giving up? Seems silly, when I put it like that…