When I took this poll, there were some people that actually said money and stuff would buy them happiness. I’m not entirely convinced that they weren’t joking. Everyone has heard quotes like “money can’t buy me love”. At the end of the day, I don’t think it’s how much money we have or what possessions we own that give us happiness. We need to learn to be content with the things that we have and not strive to live out of our means.
Living in Germany has made me grateful for things back in the States. I miss having closets and kitchen space and a regular sized oven. But those things don’t make me truly happy or make my life feel incomplete. Having new things is always enjoyable for a time, but it never lasts and it’s never something deeper than surface value.
There is something to be said about spending money on things that can help further a purpose for your life. I’m always excited to get new things to craft with, but even then, having more doesn’t add anything to my life.
Find joy, health, and happiness in the people and relationships in your life. Don’t allow yourself to drown in things that we can’t take with us.
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