Feeling down, in a rut, just stuck in the same routine… something is missing.
The answer? Buying something new!
-New [insert the first thing that comes to mind]
That’s the answer! Spending money will definitely bring you happiness.
Alright, so it probably seems like I’m setting this article up like this to come back and say “Don’t spend you’re money! It won’t buy you happiness! SAVE YOUR MONEY!” While, saving your money and not being horribly impulsive is a smart thing to do, that’s not what we’ll talk about today. I’ve already talked about How to Save Your Way to a Millionaire, so you can read that gem. No, what I’m going to talk about is spending money on the things that will ACTUALLY make your life better and happier.
Sometimes we get caught up in these things that society says we’re suppose to want to buy, the things that will make us happy because everyone else buys these things and they’re just so disgustingly happy. We end up buying that new car and we’re happy for a while, but then later we find ourselves not that happy and thinking “Gosh damn! I’m still unhappy and now I’ve got a new car payment.”
Well, maybe the reason why we’re not happy still is because we got something we didn’t really need, something that doesn’t add any value to our lives. So, before we get all in a huff like, “Ugh, but I NEEDED a new car and it DID bring happiness to my life.” Mmmkay… moving on. The car is just an example… we can replace car with anything else. We’ve all been there. We’ve all purchased something, even if it’s not as big as a car, but it’s something we can look back on and say, “I kind of regret getting that.”
So, I’ve been there… I bought the new car, moved a bunch of times, etc. I was unhappy and tried to solve it with getting things that I thought would make me happy. I looked around at what other people were getting and did the same expecting to suddenly wake up to the sun shining and birds singing to me on my window sill. Nope… still felt the same, but maybe a bit worse because I realized I did all this stuff and still nothing feels better. When I think back… I wish I hadn’t bought that car or those other little things and really thought about something that would make my life better.
Now, I am trying to look at things a little differently. There are things that I can buy that will actually bring happiness to my life… because they’ll add value to my life. One of those things is getting my teeth fixed. Growing up, we didn’t have money, so I couldn’t get braces. The older I’ve gotten, the more insecure I’ve gotten about my smile. Yes, I want to get a different vehicle because I actually do hate my car, but right now I know that it’s not what I need. I have to start prioritizing the things that will add some value. Being able to spend money on something that will add value to my life, get rid of an insecurity will be money well spent!
I think spending money is fine. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it and there’s nothing wrong with even buying things that we just want because we want them. The main point is to stop spending money on things that aren’t actually adding value to our lives and really pay attention to what we need, not what everyone else says we need.