But is it really like that? Does money makes us happier?
Bhutan proves the contrary.
Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India. It is the world´s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom. It has developed the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, where development is measured using a holistic approach of well-being, not just based on Gross Domestic Product. They believe that mere economic success does not necessarily translate into a happy society. Even though it´s a poor country, they are considered the happiest country in the world, where the most important thing is the well-being of its inhabitants.
This made me think about other things… Of course money is important. I would be lying if I said that money doesn´t matter. But I truly believe that happiness is not how much we have, but the way we enjoy what we have.
Let me explain. Money should be seen as an adding value to our lives, but if we start living FOR money, our life will be less happy. On the contrary, if we start living WITH money, we will be happier.
What do I mean by living WITH money and not FOR money? It´s easy. We should make the best of our life with the amount of things that we actually have. If we focus on achieving more and more money without thinking why or what we want that money for, one day we will lose the purpose of wanting to be rich and – even more serious - we run the risk of forgetting all our dreams.
So with this, I challenge you to think about the things that area really important to you. Write them down. Think about what a perfect day for you would be. Make a list of what really matters to you. You´ll be surprised to see that money is not at the top of your list.