EVERYONE wants to be rich. When we’re children, we imagine that we can be anything in the world – a fashion model, a sports star, or movie star who is successful and admired by everyone. At some point in high school, the reality sets in that it may not be quite feasible. The same is true about money and happiness.
One paradox of modern life is we have more wealth, more technology, and more worldwide connections; yet we’re more depressed and anxious than ever before. That’s because focusing on one thing neglects other important areas that lead to more fulfilling lives. People chase monetary value and success because they think that being wealthy can bring them happiness, but this is a never-ending game of cat and mouse. After we achieve our goals and make all the money, there is still something missing inside. We find that we don’t have time to relax and enjoy what we’ve earned due to added responsibilities and expensive habits that have a way of increasing our workload.
The truth is, building a deeper and richer life aimed at personal well-being and fulfillment is more challenging than just acquiring material wealth. With this, you can’t sell out and become one dimensional.
Here are five ways to build a more fulfilling life:
- Aim for balance — It’s always the best option. Rather than just focusing on your physical health, make sure you address your mental and emotional well-being as well. Instead of only pursuing money, pursue relationships as well, because balancing both dualities of life contribute to your happiness, and is the fastest way to find fulfillment.
- Deepen your relationships – Money alone does improve the quality of life and contributes to happiness, but to a certain point only. After you’ve earned more than a middle-class paycheck, stress and other negative factors may increase more than the happiness you’ve gained through the extra cash. No matter how much you earn, relationship will improve long-lasting happiness, emotional well-being, and create a deep sense of meaning to enrich your life.
- Reach for something bigger than yourself — Change your outlook on life. Take a step back and get a fresh perspective on your issues. When you step outside of your challenges and connect to something bigger than yourself, you’d realize that your day-to-day limitations — the things that make you upset and angry — are small issues compared to the total blessings in your life. Take time to reflect and enjoy the opportunities that you still have, rather than focusing on negative things that don’t go your way.
- Practice gratitude — Take time out to express thankfulness for all your good life, privileges and experiences that you’ve encountered. Write down three things that you are grateful for, and share them with your partner. The more you practice shifting your focus from negative, self-consumed thoughts to more positive, uplifting aspects of your life, the healthy changes you’ll see in your state of mind.
- Get back to the moment — Constantly return to the here-and-now. Check in with yourself throughout the day and regain your composure. When you’re grounded in the present moment, you’ll have access to a deeper awareness that expands beyond your worldly experience. Practicing meditation is the key to becoming more present, and when you take this to the next level — you’ll soak up each moment and live a more fulfilling life throughout the day.
Finally, remember that balance is the key to personal fulfillment by embracing your true self and sharing your light with others. Don’t listen to those who only sell you how to get rich quick. Work with others to improve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. As you practice aligning these components with your goals, you’ll soon attract more happiness and contentment that you desire.
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