There are some things money can’t buy, and these are quite possibly the most important things in life (at least I think so). Here’s a humble collection of gems that I wouldn’t trade for any “thing” in the world.
“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus
Money may improve your bargaining position, but it does not buy you love. It may be more comfortable to cry in a BMW than on a bicycle, but money doesn’t buy the kind of big, lasting happiness we think it will.
I appreciate how Sonja Liyubomirsky references to this in her book, The How of Happiness:
… the truth is that money does make us happy. But our misunderstanding, as one happiness research eloquently explains, is that “we think money will bring lots of happiness for a long time, and actually it brings a little happiness for a short time.” Meanwhile, in our effortful pursuit of such dead ends to pleasure, we end up ignoring other, more effective routes to well-being.
Perhaps you can rent happiness, or pull alongside it in a yacht, or encounter a more pleasant form of misery, but you cannot purchase genuine happiness—the kind that sticks around, because it’s something you’re feeding by taking more effective and intentional routes.
Neither being rich nor being poor will buy you happiness, because happiness is not wholly equivalent to money. Happiness is more about fully experiencing the depth of life around you and within you, in gratitude and with reverence, than it is about amassing great wealth in the form of green dollar bills and other temporal forms.
It’s nice and oftentimes enriching to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s enlightening, too, to check up once in a while to make sure you haven’t forgotten about the things money can’t buy.
48 Valuable Things Money Can’t Buy
- Unconditional love
- Enduring happiness
- A good reputation
- Natural beauty
- Purpose in life
- Good karma
- Meaningful friendships
- Mindfulness, awareness, and presence
- Common sense
- An appetite for life
- Peace of mind
- A positive attitude
- Good habits
- Mutual affection
- Connection with the ones you love
- The joy of achievement
- Healthy relationships
- Lasting motivation
- Gratitude for the simple things
- A clear conscience
- An open mind
- A full heart
- A miracle
- A happy home
- Good memories
- What do you consider to be deeply fulfilling in your life, that you would add to this list?
- What do you have that money can’t buy, that you wouldn’t trade for anything in the world?
Please share your thoughts, life lessons, priceless treasures, and any inspiring stories of abundance with me in the comments.
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Happiness is something in you.
Free graphic by We Lived Happily Ever After; lettering by Aim Happy.