Before you decide how money impacts happiness – consider the following:
Were people happier before the financial crisis?
If money funds your happiness daily choices will reflect that reality. If not, read on …
Survival’s Daily and at Times Grisly
At 14, when my mother died suddenly, I worked tedious jobs to barely survive. Any happiness I found at school motivated me to walk for miles against incredible odds such as hunger when bus money ran out. Unsure how to build a happier life beyond dingy rental room existence, my dry cleaning receptionist job kept alive my dream for a finer future.
Today I ride the bus while at the same time pushing it in new directions. You?
Happiness back then consisted of good grades that offered me an escape route if I hung in. Armed with incentive, and fueled by hope that things would improve, I returned daily to musty scents of rental rooms. How could robust happiness fund your dream, in spite of disappointments?
Reframe for Possibilities and Happiness Follows
Homelessness propelled me to wonder how anybody survives against so many odds. When food ran out, bills arrived to remind me of a zero bank balance, and birthdays zipped past like a roadrunner in spring. Against so many disappointments, I questioned how any shot at survival could work.
When problems projected on screens at the back of my mind, I sank. Only when hope for a happier future outshone daily threats to tank my best shots at winning, could I catch the next wave forward. How could you reboot a brighter narrative to move you past storms and guide your swim successfully to a sunnier shore?
Embrace Today’s Wonder to Let Go of Yesterday’s Woe
These days, as I watch my daughter and son-in-law interact with my treasured grandchildren, I stand amazed at a human spirit’s strength for happiness. Nurtured within family warmth that homeless teens crave, these children too will face disappointments that hide their hope at times.
Over time though, I finally recognize how happiness moved me from the streets and Halifax fog, into lifelines I could hold. Some may say that a few good grades likely secured happiness sturdier than ghastly childhood losses. Others claim cold cash could have bought brighter paths.
I’d say contentment came from faith and friends – with support to endure horrific storms. Happiness found in tiny takeaways back when I was a teen, snowballed into a life-call that many only dream of finding today.
Happiness Funds a Millionnaire Day
Surprisingly, whenever I translate neuro discoveries into survival tools for others, I’m reminded of my homeless journey. Brainpower tools that work best – came from teenage lessons during my dry clean receptionist days.
People continually remind us how happiness propels innovative ventures along here at the Mita International Brain Center. Along with soul-mate and friend, Dr. Robyn McMaster, we help others sidestep daily struggles by reframing for wealth in robust happiness.
How can cheer’s currency fund your future into an abundance you deserve?
Why bust brains to grab more money when: