“It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
What is YOUR relationship with money?
Are you a saver? A spender? Do you shop or spend to alleviate stress sometimes?
Science has proven that money is surprisingly bad at making us happy. Once we escape the trap of poverty, levels of wealth have an extremely modest impact on levels of happiness, especially in developed countries.
- Because we are all susceptible to the “Hedonic Treadmill,” we adapt to any new life circumstance. Money gives us a quick boost in mood, but then we quickly sink back to our previous level of happiness (think lottery winners)
- Because money means we can stay at expensive hotels and eat exquisite sushi, we can actually decrease our ability to enjoy the “mundane joys” of everyday life.
Think about how you would feel if tomorrow was your last day to breathe. Would you really want to make more money, or would your focus turn to connecting with people or having certain experiences?
This week is all about freedom. Freedom from the need to buy, consume. Freedom to live.
This week’s Scare Your Soul Challenge is:
This weekend (or a day this week), spend an entire day and evening without spending even one dollar
That means figuring out how to travel, eat, connect. Tell your friends – have them join you.
Share your experience on social media, using the hashtags #scareyoursoul and #nospendday
Need some inspiration?
- Check out the “Minimalists” here and here
- Use remaining groceries in your pantry
- Download a podcast instead of renting a movie
- Borrow a book or video from the library (many times you can do this online through your library’s website)
- Go for a walk with a friend instead of going to happy hour
- Clean your house and find items to sell
- Make your own coffee at home
- Spend time thinking about how to spend less and enjoy life more