The 5 Essentials You Need for Happiness

But even being subjective in defining our individual criteria for happiness, there are still some basic essentials we all need to live a happy life.

Happiness is subjective; what makes one person happy won’t necessarily make another one feel the same. But even being subjective in defining our individual criteria for happiness, there are still some basic essentials we all need to live a happy life.

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Health in 3 Forms
This is a universally accepted essential. Your health is the most important component of happiness. It isn’t just physical health that is required for happiness but mental and emotional as well. Without these three forms of health, your chances of happiness dwindle. You are surviving and not living. Keeping yourself healthy in all ways is essential. Make every effort to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. vegies or hamburgers

 

 

Money
Money is probably one of the most debated essentials for happiness. We have all heard, 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. You don’t have to worry about not being able to meet your mortgage payments or losing your home, not having money to repair your car and not feeling desperate when a small financial crisis hits.

Certainly, having enough money to be able to take care of yourself and those you love is an added security.

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.

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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. Statistics have always shown the positive benefits of having healthy relationships in life whether it is with friends or in a romantic partnership. We can include our pets in this essential since they are companions whose love for us is unconditional.

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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.

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Love and Accept Yourself
Self-love gets a lot of bad press because it keeps getting confused with the word selfish. There’s a world of separation between the two words. Love and acceptance of self is a key essential for true happiness. If you are accepting of who you are, warts and all, you are on the road to a happy life. This doesn’t mean that you won’t want to make changes in your life, it simply means that you know who you are, know your strengths as well as your weaknesses, and want to do what will best suit you to live successfully and happily.

The right to happiness is a basic one. You deserve to be happy simply because you are alive. The idea of what constitutes a happy life, however, differs from person to person; we are, after all, individuals. But the five essentials of health, money, relationships, contentment at work and self acceptance form the basis for creating happiness for yourself.

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Try putting them into practice and see what changes they bring to your life.

25 Quotes About Making Money and Keeping Perspective.

25 Quotes About Making Money and Keeping Perspective

Money. It’s one of the hardest things to balance (or accumulate) when you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner. While you need money to keep an entrepreneurial dream alive, you also can’t become consumed by it. Too many people lose sight of what they are passionate about amid the ongoing effort to build monetary wealth. To help you get a better grasp on money, I’ve put together 25 quotes that cover pretty much every big idea surrounding it. Whether it concerns investing or not getting into a business strictly for a payday, the following quotes are definitely ones that you should live by.

Earning it.

1. “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder and CEO Apple.

2. “I mean nobody likes to fail, but the worst thing was I lost my investors’ money and these were people that believed in this young guy that was passionate about this idea… [When you fail,] you start to question, are my ideas really good?” – Nick Woodman, Founder GoPro

3. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker.

4. “You only have so many hours in a day, let others make the money for you!” – Nick Haase, founder of Loot

5. “The longer you’re not taking action the more money you’re losing.” – Carrie Wilkerson, author, speaker and encourager.

6. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

7. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman.

8. “My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil.” – JP Getty, founder Getty Oil Company.

Related: From Pennies to Millions: What It Felt Like to Make Money for the First Time

Keeping it.

9. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.” – Will Rogers, actor and social commentator.

10. “Never spend your money before you have it.” – Thomas JeffersonAmerican Founding Father.

11. “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No.1.” – Warren Buffett, business magnate, investor and philanthropist.

12. “Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.” – Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

13. “Don’t let money run your life, let money help you run your life better.” – John Rampton, CEO of Due.

14. “Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin, inventor and diplomat.

Related: Why You Should Keep Your Personal and Professional Finances Separate

What’s more important than it.

15. “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford, Founder Ford Motor Company

16. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

17. “Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor

18. “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” – Jonathan Swift, Author of Gulliver’s Travels

19. “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” – George Horace Lorimer, journalist and author.

20. “People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you’re going to lose. You’re just going to. Even if you get the money, you’re not going to be happy.” – Gary Vaynerchuk, founder VaynerMedia.

21. “Money, like emotions, is something you must control to keep your life on the right track.” – Natasha Munson, author, inspirational speaker and CEO of Be Magic, Inc.

22. “For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.” – Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group

23. “Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.” – VoltaireAge of Enlightenment leader

24. “Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” – William Arthur Ward, author of Fountains of Faith.

25. “There are people who have money, and there are people who are rich.” – Coco Chanel, fashion designer.

Related: Richard Branson on What They Don’t Teach in Business School