In Mary Holm’s “Rich Enough? A Laid-back Guide for Every Kiwi (affiliate link),” Holm starts off by questioning why people want to get rich. More specifically, she directs the question to the reader: Why would you like more money? The answer may seem like it’s a no-brainer. People want more money, so they can live better and be happier. If that’s true of you, then Holm’s points out that “having more [money] doesn’t necessarily make us happier.” There’s a point, past which more money may even lead to less happiness.
While more money may not lead to more happiness, the opposite seems to be true. More happiness leads to more money. In fact, Nick Powdthavee, author of “The Happiness Equation (affiliate link),” found that happy people were more productive, more creative, healthier, and more likely to become financially successful.
Holm quotes Albert Schweitzer to bolster her point: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you will be more successful.” Holm doesn’t deny that grumpy people may do well financially, but the money won’t change their disposition. At the end of the day, they will still be grumpy.
Mary Holm is described as “New Zealand’s most trusted money expert.” She has worked as a financial journalist in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.
So, why do you want more money? Is it to acquire more things, more prestige, more power, or is it for another reason? Leave a comment to let us know.
Your creativity is a powerful tool that you can harness for better
or worse. You can use it to unleash your fears and doubts or to capture them
and put them on canvas or paper. You can use it to bring yourself greater joy
and to reach for self-actualization. You can use your creativity to harm people
or you can use it to uplift them. Conspiracy theorists are as creative at
telling stories as novelists are. Bank robbers solve the problems associate
with their chosen profession with creativity. Creativity is only a tool and you
choose what to do with it.
It’s hard to always choose to use creativity to be
uplifting. It can be difficult in the face of abject poverty and bald-faced
lies to summon the courage to bring creative solutions to the problem to bear.
Oftentimes, we get dragged down by the news and reality of a society that
values profits over people. As creatives, we need to turn our efforts to making
a better world for everyone.
Of course, that better world starts with us. By reaching out
our hands and offering to lift people up, we will make our own situations
better and more bearable. Give your creativity over to what it was meant to do –
help you make life better for you as an individual and for human race. Be
uplifting, create uplifting works of art, and create something that makes you, and
those around you, happy.
When the Devil comes calling, regardless of the name he’s using and what he looks like, turn him down flat. Unless your name’s Johnny, you can’t beat the Devil. In ‘Escape Clause,’ the Devil offers hypochondriac and professional worrier Walter Bedecker immortality, invincibility and the retention of his current physical attributes, more or less, in exchange for Bedecker’s soul. Bedecker tries to find the Devil’s loophole. After all, if he Bedecker lives forever, he doesn’t need a soul. Finding none, the Faustian bargain is struck.
The problem is that immortality and invincibility make life
dull. Bedecker does everything to find a thrill to get the sense of living
again. Drinking poison, getting hit by a bus and a subway, and everything else
fails. Without the possibility of death or harm, life becomes unlivable and
Mortality is what gives humanity its edge. The adrenaline
rush that shows we’re still alive accompanied with the compassion knowing that
others are just as likely to die as we are help us create a world where people
are able to live up to their potential if they choose to. Sickness contrasts
with health. Happiness contrast with sadness. These contradictions are what
allow a person to have a full life.
Enjoy the good times, and bless the hard times. Each of them
together are the stuff that life is made from.
Our penguins make us happy. Every time I walk into the
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Our penguins can provide you comfort and a non-judgmental ear to hear your concerns and worries. They can also provide you with a playmate for those days when you just want to enjoy life. All you need is to connect with your inner child, bring your imagination and open yourself to the experiences you treasured as a young person. Let our penguins revive your childlike qualities that help make like more joyful, creative and fun.
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