RICH IS A CHOICE
Todd Dewett | November 10, 2015
This is not fluffy pop psychology. This is not about trying to make everyone feel okay about where they are even though times are tough. This is simply a powerful observation about peace of mind and happiness.
They say money can’t buy happiness. They are wrong. Research suggests that for many, more money equates to more happiness – up to a point. For nearly everyone, the association disappears well before you hit six figures. Sorry.
All is not lost. You simply need a broader understanding of the word “rich” – one that might maintain a link to happiness. According to Merriam-Webster, here are your choices:
“Having abundant possessions and especially material wealth. Having high value or quality; well supplied or endowed. Magnificently impressive; sumptuous. Vivid and deep in color. Full and mellow in tone and quality. Having a strong fragrance. Highly productive or remunerative. Having abundant plant nutrients. Highly seasoned, fatty, oily, or sweet. High in a combustible component. High in some component. Entertaining; laughable. Meaningful; significant. Lush. Pure or nearly pure.”
What strikes me immediately is the use of the common monetary definition at the beginning of the list. What follows is a diverse collection of ideas that are far more interesting. One of the most underused definitions is “meaningful; significant.” Underused, but infinitely important.
Rich is about feeling purpose. Smiling a lot. Feeling gratified having completed a worthy goal. Connecting with good people. Feeling warm when you’re able to help others. Laughing, learning, loving. Developing a life that produces these outcomes is meaningful and significant. It is the only version of rich that might create lasting happiness.
You may or may not have a lot of money, but you can always choose to be rich.