Here’s why you should be happier with less cash… 2



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This morning the New Daily reported some news regarding Research by Movehub that has ranked nations around the world based on disposable income. It showed that Australia, is ranked second – in the entire world! Australia was beaten by Switzerland for the top place but was closely followed by Denmark, the USA and Ireland.

Something that should make us smile really, but for those who live in Australia, you’ll know it’s a different story. Why? Because of our extremely high cost of living.

Ironically, the top 10 happiest places in the world include Costa Rica, Vietnam, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica – none of which even appear in the top 20 rankings.

So do these countries hold the answer to finding happiness?

Would we be happier if we relied less on money and the cost of living to dictate our happiness and instead looked for real things? What about the real values that matter to us – health, love, social connection, fulfilment.

Some of the happiest people I know are volunteers who donate their time and love to other people. Some are blessed to have good health and for others it is a constant battle, but is that what the key to happiness is?

Do you think you could learn to forget about the things you “should” care about – money and bills – to instead focus on the things that we need to care about?

Do you feel that money makes you happier or less happier? 

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  1. Australia was like that after ww2, nobody had any money, so everybody was happy, also Australians lived here.

  2. I read a while ago that an income of $80 000 pa was the ultimate income in Australia. Below that people struggle (don’t we know that!!!), but earning more than that does not necessarily make people happier. Certainly difficult to be happy if you are worried about how you are going to pay you’re bills, but other than that it isn’t really make a lot of difference. Recently a student at school asked me if I had a job that paid $1 000 000 a day would I keep doing it. He could not understand why I said only if it was something I enjoyed doing. Once I’d bought a house, got my kids set up and had enough to live comfortably I wouldn’t need any more, other than to give to charity. He couldn’t get his head around the idea that unlimited money doesn’t make you happy!

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