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People today are gravitating towards consuming less frivolous goods in favor of spending money only on items that truly, genuinely bring happiness and delight. People and families everywhere are purging their homes of extraneous stuff, tailoring their lifestyles to feature more simplicity and less complication. That said, personal possessions still need to be purchased, requiring money to be spent. So, what is the best way to spend your money if you are looking to live a more joyous, condensed life? Read on to learn how you can change your investing habits to create a simple and content existence.


Have you ever been invited to a party and spent more time and money on an outfit than you would have liked? Chances are, that ensemble made its way to the back of your closet post-party, never to see the light of day again. Further, halfway through the party, you likely found yourself paying no mind to your ensemble at all.

Material goods might evoke happiness for a short time, but experiences create more lasting and enduring joy. Therefore, money spent on travel and adventure will provide much fonder memories than a new dress or a fresh pair of shoes.

What types of adventures best suit you? Is a tropical vacation your idea of paradise? Book a Hawaiian hotel room today, so you don't have to worry about how to get out of a timeshare later. Does a Broadway play seem more up your alley? A simple internet search can yield a myriad of show synopsis, times, and tickets. Are your kids yearning for a trip to Disneyland? Spend your hard-earned cash on park entry passes, and revel in the glee exuding from the children's faces. Load up on shared experiences that bring you joy, and leave behind the forgettable material items. 


Studies show that people tend to find more happiness giving money to others rather than spending it on themselves. Doubling-down on contentment, you might find great satisfaction in treating others to shared experiences such as out-of-town travel or concert tickets. However, while generous and thoughtful, this type of benevolence is not always feasible or realistic.

Try starting small and treating your friends or co-workers to coffee or lunch. Take note of how the spirit of giving makes you feel. If joy abounds, continue to carve out opportunities in your budget to give back to others. And remember, it's the thought that counts, not the size of the gift!

Buy Time

It is a fact that time equals money. However, is it worth it to spend all your days at the office making money, denying you the time to spend it with your loved ones doing things that make you happy?

Days off are certainly a luxury for most working individuals, but they are always time well spent. Too much time spent at the office often negatively affects peoples' dispositions. This habit results in dissatisfaction with their careers. Further, job stress often continues at home, causing tension and relationship strain among family and friends. Taking time off allows the opportunity to recharge, rest, relax, and appreciate the amazing things life has to offer.

When you take time away from work, try to enjoy the break. Avoid calculating how much money is lost by being out of the office, and focus on what brings you joy at home. You will likely find that both your job and family will benefit from this positive shift in mindset.

Treat Yourself

While material goods might not always bring long-term happiness, frequent, small splurges on yourself can sustain joy. If you're feeling cranky or gloomy, treat yourself to a gift to improve your mood. Purchase a massage or treat yourself to ice cream. A temporary shift in disposition might be just what you need to get back on track.

In the end, money can't buy happiness. It can, however, provide long-lasting joy when spent strategically. Follow this guide, and spend your money on only things that bring you endured pleasure and delight.

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About The Author

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Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

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