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Does money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness? Most people will answer this question with a resounding no. I, on the other hand, believe that money can actually buy us happiness. At the beginning of our coaching program, I didn't want to expect such a sentence from you. But we've known each other for a few years now. You know my philosophy about success and money, and that's why you're probably curious to continue reading, even if you don't immediately agree with me. And that's good.

In fact, I think it's a deliberately spread myth that money can't buy happiness. As already explained in the last letter, myths are folk wisdom that people are supposed to keep on average. And basically, this myth is not primarily about whether we can buy happiness. The main message behind it is rather: Don't even try to get rich, because then you won't be happy. That is why this statement is so devastating.

Now, let's clear up this point quickly. Of course, money doesn't buy happiness. Money sets us free. It gives us comfort or security and it opens up possibilities for us. And yet I think we can buy happiness.

Money is neutral

money is energy When we have learned to manifest it in our lives, then we have mastered alchemy. Just as ancient alchemists could turn dirt into gold, so modern alchemists can turn an idea into a company. A life plan from a dream. An organization from a vision. Everything we own, everything material, was initially an idea. If we understand that, then we are alchemists.

But whether the money that has become material makes us happy is not due to the money. That's up to us. What are we going to do with the money? Are we taking responsibility or are we just trying to accumulate it? Of cause, we can try to buy more and more things that are supposed to make us happy. But we won't be able to do that. We can only buy happiness if we donate at least part of our income. if we help If we are aware of our responsibility.

It's a talent if we can accumulate a lot of money. The only question is what do we do with this talent? I believe that if we use a talent exclusively for ourselves, we will never be happy. We shouldn't use the talent of getting rich just for ourselves either.

Corrective

On the way to financial freedom, it is of course important to save as much as possible according to plan. But not as much as possible, otherwise we become stingy, selfish, and ignore our responsibility. This creates a dilemma: on the one hand, we want to save as much as possible, but on the other hand, we don't want to become egocentric.

The corrective needed here is our sixth step to wealth: enjoy. We have another corrective, the fun. Please remember the account model: You have an account where you save. But you also have a fun account into which you deposit money to spoil yourself and your loved ones. And you should spend that money too. You could also set up a donation account. An account to which you transfer a certain percentage of your income by standing order. You then use this money to do good.

Anyway, I need these accounts. Otherwise, each potential output is in multiple competition with other purposes. I could spend a euro and have fun. I could save it and become wealthier. But I could also donate it and do good. No matter how I do it, I've only ever taken one opportunity and missed at least two others. That's why the account model is so important to me. Here I create a plan and I can then divide my money exactly as it suits me. I fulfill my plan with a system.

Maybe you can find another way. It is important, however, that you do not feel guilty, but that you manage your money in the way that suits you. And preferably in a system that implements your plans.

Alchemy

We said: It is pure alchemy when we create something material from an idea. In my opinion, it also works the other way around: once we have the material, it is possible through alchemy to create happiness from it. The best way I know is to strike a balance between taking responsibility - donating money to the poor and doing good - and pursuing personal interests - pampering myself and my loved ones.

We know from quantum physics that everything is energy and that ultimately we cannot measure whether something is a wave or a particle at the moment. By analogy, we're probably happiest when we're doing both with our money: creating matter out of spirit and creating happiness out of matter (ie spirit again).

This is how we avoid a dangerous trap: wanting to get as rich as possible. "As much as possible" is never a goal that leads to happiness. Because we can never reach this goal. There is always something more.

I have some friends who are rich and happy. They all donate a lot. I will never forget having a long, long chat with Sir John Templeton (multi-billionaire knighted by the Queen of England). At that time he was the grand seigneur of the money markets. Even though he was retired. He lived in the Bahamas and had created his own world there. At the same time, he was one of the most impressive people I have ever met. A look, full of kindness.

I wanted to talk to him about money, but he bluntly suggested, “Let's talk about something important instead. Let's talk about how we can help other people. You and me. That's the only way to happiness.”

Happy people give a lot. Usually a significant part of their income. And eventually a large part of their wealth. You know my rule of thumb: Donating ten percent of our income will never hurt us. We can use it to make a difference. We then feel abundance ourselves and know that we have more than we need. Also that we earn more than we need. An abundance mentality emerges; which makes us feel rich – and also happy. Try it. Buy yourself happiness, with your money: help!

Abundance is your birthright.


To do:

  1. It's easy for us to fall into the trap of trying to save as much as we can. To earn as much as possible. As much as possible...
    How about your corrective?
    Can you reward yourself (fun account, maybe five to ten percent of your income)?
    And can you help others (donation account – possibly also ten percent of your income)?
  2. Could today be a good moment to make a decision:
    How much do you want to donate from every euro you earn in the future?
    Do you want to set up a donation account?
    If not now then when?
    How much do you want to automatically transfer from your income every month?
    In my experience, ten percent is a good number. But if that's too much for you, start with one percent or three. Do what is possible and create a habit of taking responsibility. Because if money accumulates in your donation account, then you will also think about who you can help. Your view of the world changes.
  3. Who have you helped in the last year, last month, last week? (success journal)
  4. Are there any thoughts from this letter that you would like to transfer to your knowledge journal – in your own words?
  5. Note five successes.

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