We’ve all heard the popular quote that says money can’t buy happiness, but that may not be completely true.
When you need a little lift, do you like to spend some money and go shopping? Do you feel incredibly happy afterwards?
Can money buy happiness? Can you truly live a happy life by spending?
Well, here’s the answer: Yes. Money can buy happiness.
Research shows that happiness does result from spending money when we spend it in certain ways.
And there are smart rules we can follow that reinforce spending money in ways that bring us joy:
- Buy experiences
- Use cash to improve how you spend time
- Get yourself treats
- Pay now or ahead of time
- Be generous and share it
Racking up debt or filling our closets to capacity with things we don’t need, use, or enjoy is pointless and leads us to feel depressed rather than delighted. There’s no value in that!
But, you can learn how to be happy by approaching money in the right way.
Now, if you want to be a gleeful and happy person when you’re spending money, here are 3 amazing ways to do it.
1. Fund your liberation
When you have cash on reserve, you’re free to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities that arise — like attending a niece’s birthday party unexpectedly or showing up to celebrate an old friend’s achievement.
Spending your available cash on what’s important to you — and avoiding what isn’t — frees up extra cash to save for future freedom.
Don’t have enough cash yet?
Practice spending energy on what’s important to you and creatively make your presence felt in situations when you can’t yet swing buying that plane ticket — make a video for your niece or create a photo book for your friend.
2. Invest in your growth
Being happy in life means investing in yourself. Maybe there’s a course or program that doesn’t align with your career path, but you’d really enjoy taking anyway.
Without rationalizing whether it’s wise to spend money on something you don’t “need”, invest in nurturing all sides of your mind and personality — simply because you want to!
Until that cash reserve is adequate, explore the possibilities of how you can still broaden your knowledge.
So, make a list and investigate ways to delve into some of those subjects. Watch TED Talks, look for free online classes, or attend interesting MeetUps in your community.
3. Celebrate with symbolism
Buy yourself something just because it speaks to you deeply. Not in a “must-have it because it’s the next new thing” way, but because it reflects an aspect of your inner being and makes you feel stronger, happier, smarter or better.
Buy a symbol to remind yourself of something important you did or something important you’re creating.
No cash to indulge yet? Go for a walk and find something in nature that speaks to you. Either collect it or take a picture to display. Capture the moment, as well as, the meaning and treasure it each day.
It’s obvious that it isn’t cash itself that is making us smile — the wealth is in what cash provides.
So, money and happiness are more closely related than you initially believe, as long as you go about it the right way.