“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person is going to be unhappy much of the time.
If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.” —Andy Rooney
If you think about it, did people spend your childhood telling you how to be happy? Did those messages become even louder as you became a teenager and then entered adulthood?
It’s amazing that we’ve spent our entire lives chasing happiness, with the very real possibility that we are pursuing someone else’s happiness. Some people told me my job would bring joy. Others said that money would do it. Some said I needed to have a family to be happy. Others were convinced that a good night sleep was all it would take.
I am going to stop chasing happiness. Instead, I have decided to choose happiness. Sure, being in debt sucks and comes with a lot of risks. I will work to change that aspect of my life, but I won’t reserve happiness for the moment I have achieved that goal. Instead, I choose to be happy while making a concerted effort to change my circumstances.
Spending Fast Wins – Week 8
- After 6 months of heroic battle with Verizon customer service, we finally received the $647 reimbursement that they owed us from a buy one get one free promotion.
- Also reduced our Verizon bill by around $40 per month by paying off one of our devices and switching to a plan with less data. Uninstalled almost all apps on my phone that use a ton of data to ensure we don’t go over.
- Saved at least $60 by dying and highlighting my hair myself.
Spending Fast Losses – Week 8
- I did not have a perfect record of bringing my food to work and ended up purchasing a couple of breakfast items from the vending machine.
- You may remember that last week my husband’s car repairs cost $1,200. This week, my car was in the shop, and the bill came to $2,300. I had a moment of irrational thought. That little voice in the back of my head that has been quiet for a while now. Well, if we’ve already spent $3,500 in 2 weeks, what’s another $70? And before I could stop myself, I had purchased a piece of art for my son’s room off of Wayfair.
This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt: Artificial
Robin Brodrick is a résumé writer, aspiring minimalist, Douglas Adams fan, and corporate recruiter in the cutthroat biotech and pharma industries. If you’re looking for a new job, or know somebody who is, Robin can help you with that, too. Visit www.talentcounseling.com to learn more. You can also follow Robin on Twitter or LinkedIn.