Tuesday July 3 2018

What defines your happiness?

What defines your happiness

A man picks money from a wallet. Being in charge of your life and circumstances financially, for example, developing a savings culture for emergencies and other pressing needs, can give you happiness. PHOTO BY ERONIE KAMUKAMA 

By Annet Katusiime

As we aspire for many things in life, we struggle with negativity by comparing our journeys with other peoples’ journeys. How often have you said to yourself: “I just want to be happy!”

Happiness is relative and is derived from within what makes one happy is different from what another considers.
Life without being happy is meaningless, Mahatma Gandhi said. “Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony” which I agree with. Therefore, happiness in life is not about earning money, it is about humanity and internal satisfaction.
At Be Money WiseR home, we usually have weekly talks encompassing all aspects of life in relation to money matters tackling case by case. The talks place emphasis on striving to be wiser in all sources of happiness. Here are few tips of attaining happiness.

Having peace of mind. There is nothing more satisfying than having peace with yourself. In your endeavours to meet your goals; enjoy every step happily with positivity. When your life is at peace, you reduce pressure. This makes it possible for you to maneuver through any financial problems you may encounter.

Take charge
Being in charge of your life and circumstances financially, for example, developing a savings culture for emergencies and other pressing needs, can give you happiness when you are in charge of your life and your loved ones.
Positivity and gratitude could be a source of happiness. When you are contented with your current way of life, it gives you a heart of hope for the things that you haven’t achieved.

Meet your needs
Derive happiness from being able to meet your needs not your wants. Celebrate your achievements as you grow to high profiles. It is more important to enjoy your journey to success not the destination because every step matters.

Sincerity
Develop a good and sincere heart. You should encourage, motivate and support others as they achieve their goals so that you can learn from them. Don’t be that person who is always jealous when someone achieves their goals because it is not healthy for the heart and soul. Therefore, sharing other people’s achievements could bring you happiness.

Our happiness is not necessarily quantifiable to money. It is very true that having a lot of money may not guarantee your happiness. The things that make us happy are the things that money cannot buy. Money is a lubricant that can enable you attain something but not the sole source of happiness.

It is important to find happiness no matter the circumstances as we have different levels of opportunity, luck and exposure among others. But our happiness is not attached to any of those circumstances.
Do not procrastinate happiness. Enjoy every moment and find peace with yourself.

Ms Annet Katusiime is a financial literacy trainer and consultant at Be Money Wiser co. Ltd.

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