The Secret to Happiness: Why Money Has Nothing to Do with It


Luminita Saviuc | Purpose Fairy

“If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing thing you don’t like doing.” ~ Alan Watts

Isn’t it interesting how so many of us chase after money thinking that money will solve all our problems?

We want money because we believe that money will give us a sense of security, helping us get all the things we want, they will make us happy. But is that really true? Is money really the answer?

If you ask me, we got it all wrong.

Money does not equal happiness. Money won’t guarantee you long term happiness unless your money comes from doing the things you’re passionate about.

You can have all the money in the world but if you’re not passionate about your work and if you’re not at peace with yourself and the world around you, chances are that you won’t be happy no matter how much money you make.

It really ain’t about the money.

We don’t want money just for the sake of having them. We want money because we assume that money will give us the freedom to do all the things we want to do and that by doing these things we will achieve happiness.

Real happiness comes from creating work that matters. It comes from working with love and pouring that love into everything you do.

One of my all time favorite quotes on working with love comes from the book, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and it goes like this:

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.”

If you have no passion, if you don’t love your work and if there’s no meaning in what you do, you won’t find fulfillment, you won’t find happiness. No matter how much money you will spend and no matter how many luxurious and expensive things you will buy, you will not be at peace, you will not find joy. You might be happy for a little while but eventually you will go back to your initial state of being.

It really ain’t about the money.

You soul needs to express itself in powerful and creative ways. Your soul longs for purpose, it longs for meaning. Your soul wants to create beautiful, impactful and inspiring work, and it wants to share this work with the rest of the world. It doesn’t care about the money.

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be” ~ Abraham Harold Maslow

Your soul has creative power and it wants you to use this power to make your life a work of art and not to waste it on chasing after money. It has a lot more imagination that you would think.

“The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money… they don’t know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.” ~ Alan Watts

By focusing on doing the things you love to do and by working with passion and dedication, you will soon discover that money is a bi-product of what you love.

That’s all there is to know about money. It’s that simple, yet that complicated.

Money is not power and those who look at money from this perspective have no idea what real power is all about. Real power doesn’t come from outside of you, it doesn’t come from how much money you make and how many people you control with your money. Real power comes from within not without, and this kind of power can never be taken away from you, unless you yourself give up on it.

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  1.' RichardJohn says:

    The more virtual money one has, the less spirit one has: It is plain math.
    The ones who love even the rich don’t want to be near the rich, and those who suffer the rich are their same kind, who want only their money or a free ride. Bad path ignoring one’s spiritual quest for the physical ‘yellow brick road.’ Bad choice, but theirs to choose.

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