What is Wealth to you?
What seems at first glance to be a very simple question; most find it extremely difficult to answer.
Do you associate wealth with money, your savings, your investments, your home or other forms of financial resources?
Did you know that the word wealth comes from the Old English words “weal” (well-being) and “th” (condition) which taken together means “the condition of well-being”?
Ever heard the statement that happiness is the true measurement of wealth?
So now there is confusion because one concerns the nature of happiness, the other the nature of wealth. What may happen though is as your wealth increases, so does your expectations, and so does being accustomed to the lifestyle that the new level of wealth brings.
Do you expect that your wealth has to improve in order for your happiness level to remain constant? If your wealth were to decline, would your happiness?
In thinking about happiness and wealth, you should avoid using the words ”happiness’ and ”wealth”, and think instead of more accurate and more substantial words that symbolize what you truly think these things are.
I believe that the true equation between happiness and wealth is this: that happiness is wealth. Unlike wealth in the form of money and possessions, such happiness can never be quantified, only felt; and if one has it, it does not matter if the level of it always stays the same.
Here are some famous wealth quotes for you….
Cheers! Here’s to your wealth and happiness!
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life~ Thoreau
Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time~ Margaret Bonnano
I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money~ Picasso
So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health~ A.J Reb Materi
Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service ~ Henry Ford
They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody? ~ Princess Diana