“We have a lot less money, but we’re a lot happier these days,” a woman told me at a recent event. “Instead of going out, we fix meals together, play board games and watch movies at home,” she beamed. That same week I read yet another study proving that people with a lot of money are not happier than people with little.

I remember when my hubby and I were newlyweds we lived in married student housing for $68 a month (now I sound like my mother!) These were the “poorest” and some of the happiest days of my life. Do you recall a time you were “poor” but happy? Even then, didn’t you have things to write on your Things to Be Thankful For list?

Economics are not a measure of happiness.

British Prime Minister Cameron understood that when he insisted that the annual household survey ask residents not only about their income, but on their level of happiness. This information, combined with existing data, will better measure the quality of life, he claimed. 

I’ve watched people lose their health to make more money, then lose their money to restore their health. Sometimes our zealous quests for money take its toll on us, physically, mentally, and spiritually and inhibits our commitments to truly live our priorities.

We’ve all heard the adage, “Few people on their death beds say, ‘Gosh I wish I’d spent more time at work.’” I often ask myself, “Are you making a living, or making a life?”

What are you making?

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