“You're lining your pockets
For no other reason
Than to buy up the things, that I gave without reasonable pay(e).” |
Most of us carry our true essentials in our bags or pocket, but what is the smallest set of things that we need in a modern consumer society?
Money | 💷
Money is probably one of the most debated essentials. We have all heard, ad nauseum, the repeated saying that money doesn’t buy you happiness. It’s usually said by the very people who seem to have made a very happy life for themselves by having a great deal of money.
You don’t have to be a billionaire to be happy, but a certain amount of money does help you to have a more positive outlook on life in general. It offers you a safety net.
Money itself isn’t evil, and it is an essential. It can buy you time to pursue goals and dreams, and there is also nothing wrong with living a certain lifestyle that adds to your happiness quotient.
Relationships | 💕
You don’t need 50 BFFs to make your life happy nor do you necessarily have to join all the online social networks. 💕
What you need is people in your life who care about you and vice-versa. People with whom you can laugh, cry, hug, touch, kiss and share life.
Contentment at Work | 👨🏻💻
Note the word contentment. You don’t have to love your job but you have to derive a certain level of satisfaction from what you do, and a feeling of enjoyment during most of the work-day. 👩🏻💻
Will you have days of frustration? Absolutely! But on the whole your job should be more than just a paycheck to you.
If you are in a job that you truly hate, (and we have all had that experience at one time or another), make solid plans for leaving. 👩🏻💻
Keep looking for the job you really want, be prepared for opportunity and stay as positive as you can. Find a ‘bit of heaven in your hell’ and know that this is temporary. Life changes, it only stagnates if you give up.
The bag of happiness is our basic life essential!
The idea of what constitutes a happy life, however, differs from person to person; we are, after all, individuals.
Try putting these simple ‘bare necessities’ into practice and see what changes they bring to your life