Money makes me happy. Oh, I know that money can’t buy happiness, yet, over the years, I have noticed that having a little makes me happy. When I acknowledge this, I feel shallow, superficial, frivolous; because we all know this is wrong. For instance:
The love of money is the root of all evil.
You can’t serve God and mammon.
Money isn’t everything.
Money buys events
Money can buy the opportunity to be with your friends socially.
Money is what we give the utilities company and landlord to keep the bill collectors at bay.
Could it be it is the events, the friends, that make me happy?
Perhaps the happiness comes from the security of being able to pay my bills this month.
I stopped feeling guilty about being happy over money when I realized the truth of these words by Tony Robbins: “Progress equals happiness.”
I found that small gem of wisdom, as well as the one that follows, on Michael Hyatt’s blog site, Intentional Leadership.
According to Dr. Timothy Pychyl, writing in Psychology Today:
… the successful pursuit of meaningful goals plays an important role in the development and maintenance of our psychological well-being. To the extent that we’re making progress on our goals, we’re happier emotionally and more satisfied with our lives.” (Dr. Timothy Pyschyl, Psychology Today)
I should not feel guilty that money makes me happy any more than I feel superficial that good grades make me happy. Both are a sign of hard work, achievement and progress toward my goal. It is time to be more satisfied with my life.