money won't make me happy?

Have you read articles before about how earning more than $75,000 per year does not make you happier on any given day? It’s a comfortable amount of money and yet most of us (I’m raising my hand) will want to earn more.

Growing up, I learned of a quote my grandma used to say often: “money won’t make you happy but you can’t be happy with out it.” It’s simple but profound and the further I’ve grown in my career, the more this quote rings true.

For me, money represents stability, independence and having options for how to spend time in the future. I credit my parents for teaching us countless money lessons while growing up and aligning our spending to our values. As an example, health and wellness are at the top of my priority list. I spend on high quality groceries and make most food at home rather than spending money going out to restaurants regularly. Aligning my spending choices to values has been powerful and keeps me focused on my financial priorities.

Enough about me- let’s talk about you. Take a moment to reflect on your underlying beliefs about money. Some questions to ponder:

  • Growing up, what types of messages did you receive about money?
  • How do you view money today- is it a source of stress, power, security or something else entirely?
  • What may be holding you back from earning the income you desire?

I’ve become a podcast fanatic and have two recommendations to share on this topic.  The So Money podcast from Farnoosh Torabi is fantastic and I listen to this one multiple times per week. The HerMoney with Jean Chatzky podcast is newer to my ears and has great interviewees and topics.