Money is important and you have to have it to live. It’s good to have savings and financial security for your future, too. But making money can become an obsession and while it’s important, it’s not everything. These are 8 things that are more important than how much money you make.
1. Your Health
First and foremost, your health is more important than how much money you make. Like the old saying goes, if you don’t have your health then you don’t have anything. If you’re not healthy then you can’t hold a job. This is a good motivator to take care of yourself. Healthy living pays off in more ways than one.
2. Your Family
Family means everything. They’re the ones that are there for you when no one else is. Your career and finances are important, but there’s no comparison when it comes to your family. When you have the choice to work or to be there for an important day in your family’s life, choose family. Work will always be there tomorrow.
3. Your Happiness
If you have a loaded bank account, what good is it if you’re miserable? Yes, it’s good to have money to meet your needs. However, if you’re unhappy, then money won’t change that. It’s always best to choose to be happy. Don’t allow your happiness to hinge on how much money you do or don’t have.
4. Your Relationship with Your Partner
Many relationships have broken up over situations with a person’s job. If someone is obsessed with money and becomes a workaholic because of that obsession, their relationship can suffer. It’s good to be a dedicated employee but not to the point of neglecting your partner. Taking care of your relationship should be a priority. Know when to say when concerning work and financial matters.
5. Your Level of Contentment in Your Job
Contentment in your job is more important than the money you’re making from it. If you passionately hate your work then it really doesn’t matter how much you’re making. Of course, it’s good to try to be happy in your job. Look for ways to grow and challenge yourself. Finding contentment in your job can make your life better overall.
6. Having Balance in Your Life
Balance is something we all need. We need a job where we feel purpose as much as we need downtime to enjoy hobbies and relationships with those we love. The best lives are those where there’s balance. Swinging too far in either direction isn’t a good thing. You’ll be happiest with your life when you have balance.
7. Your Ability to Manage Your Money
All the money you make will do you no good if you can’t manage it. I’m all for spending and enjoying money! That’s one of the fun parts of life. But that should come after you’ve paid your bills and contributed to your savings and retirement plans. Thankfully, money management is a skill that can be learned.
8. Life Experiences
Do you know what people enjoy the most about spending money? Not when they spend it on things but when they spend it on experiences. Think about it. A new purse is nice and you enjoy it but it doesn’t fill you with the warm, happy memories you have of vacations you’ve taken or long, leisurely dinners you’ve spent with those closest to you. Don’t hold onto your money so tightly that you miss out on life experiences.
These are 8 things that are more important than money. What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear from you!