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My Thoughts For The Month

Jan 28, 2020 02:35PM ● By Dr Roger

Dr. D Rodger ND, MBA

Money alone isn't enough to make you happy 

But, helping other people can give you long-lasting joy and the feeling of true wealth.  The more focus you put on helping people, the more money will come to you.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to obsess only on making money instead of on improving the quality of their life/mind for themselves and the people they care about and people they are responsible for.

People think, “I've got to make this money so my family will stay together”, or “I've got to make this money so there's enough food, etc.”  This way of thinking is often described as a "scarcity mentality," where people believe that there isn't enough money to go around.  They obsess over the goal of clinging to money and objects while ignoring other sources of happiness like personal growth and relationships.

Quality of life comes by finding a way to add more value to other people's lives.

There is research that explores what stimulates and sustains wellbeing and happiness, and the thing that does the least is buying things.  In other words, obsessing over money and buying material objects might give you momentary pleasure, but that good feeling typically does not stick around for long after you've made a purchase.

An experience like a vacation might produce lasting memories that provide longer-lasting happiness, but that feeling still doesn't compare to making other people happy.  When you buy something for yourself, the pleasure almost never lasts that long, even  if it's something huge, it may last a little longer but it will eventually fade and just become part of the norm.  Giving money away actually gives more joy than almost anything else on the planet.

If you want to be happy, do something for another person today - you don't even have to know the person. Just test it out, see if it's true.  Do something really unique, and don't do it to get something, do it because you just want to give.

The pleasure that you derive from helping others can be life-changing.  By doing this you will experience a shift, and that shift will change the way you do business, it will change the way you approach your family, it will change the way you feel about yourself and it'll give you the experience of wealth.  Just try it.

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