I just came across a very intriguing quote today -

If you want to know how rich you are, find out how many things you have that money cannot buy.

While reading it I thought to myself, “Why haven’t I thought about it this way before?” Wallet full of money but a heart full of sadness and disappointment is not ‘being rich’.

No amount of money can give you the pleasure of having coffee in the morning with your dad if your dad is gone forever. No amount of money will make your mom calling you at night asking, “when will you come home son?” when your mom is not there. No amount of money can save you when your disease is incurable.

Having money is important. Living paycheck to paycheck hurts sometimes. But what hurts more is when you don’t have people you care about and they care about you. These are things money can’t buy.

There are things, no matter how much money you spend, you can’t get them when they are gone.

Gratitude is important. We overlook things that matter chasing things that don’t. When you don’t have someone to call or talk to at the end of the day what will you do with that skyscraper of yours?

Seeking money is not a problem, seeking happiness through money is.

Bob Marley rightly said:

Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.

Sometimes money can arrange happiness. While you want to travel somewhere with your family, money is a must. However, when you don’t have money to travel, it’s possible to arrange happiness in family through other means. But when you don’t have a family, well, you don’t have a family, money can’t change that. Having a family or people to love is important than being rich.

To keep things short: It’s important to be happy for things you own than be sorry for things you don’t. :)

Further Reading

Would You Be Happier If You Were Richer? A Focusing Illusion