Days of Happiness: Day Fourteen

Days of Happiness: Day Fourteen

The 30 days of Happy Thoughts series is inspired by the International Day of Happiness (March 20th, 2017).


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Day of Happiness Celebrations: Q&A

Happiness means different things to different people, what does Happiness mean to you?

To me, happiness is something that cannot be bought. Happiness is something we strive for in ever facet of our lives, but can only be achieved after all necessities are met.


Do you believe happiness is an emotion or more of a state of mind?

This is an interesting one. I believe happiness is an emotion that can be achieved naturally or by consciously altering your state of mind.


Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Happiness is extremely important to me. I try to be happy no matter what I’m doing, even if it means I’m doing it at my W2 job. I try to find joy in all areas of my life.


What do you consider a fundamental barrier to Happiness in your life?

I believe a fundamental barrier to happiness in my life is my full-time job. I enjoy it because I have to do it. And as far as full-time jobs go, it pays well and I do interesting work and have a great group of co-workers. However, I would much rather be spending quality time helping out at my daughter’s school or learning a new recipe for my family than going to a corporate job every day. In essence, a fundamental barrier to my happiness is a lack of (enough) money to quit my full-time job.


How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

See answer above J I don’t think wealth/money bring happiness. What wealth/money does is provide you with options to choose how you spend your time. Having the option to spend more time with my family and doing things I enjoy is what brings me happiness. Money is just a means to that end.


How important is health and wellness to happiness?

Above all else, without health there is nothing. If your body does not feel well or is riddled with disease, it significantly hinders happiness. Unfortunately, there isn’t much control we have over developing certain diseases. We can control some things, but others are just the luck of the genetic draw. You win some, you lose some.


What has been the happiest moment in your life?

Wow! I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about this before. I would have to say that one of the happiest days of my life was the day I settled on my current home. I was a single mother at the time and I felt extremely proud that I was able to give my young daughter a home of her own.


Do you have any specific goals or resolutions for 2017?  If so, would your share your top two that directly relate to your own Pursuit of Happiness?

We’re currently in the “eliminate all debt and build massive wealth so we have the option to retire early phase”.  Therefore, our top 2 resolutions for 2017 include the elimination of all debt (we have a few thousand left on one of our cars) and paying off our rental property. The latter is a stretch goal and will very likely not happen in 2017. But, that’s not going to stop us from trying like crazy.


Do you consider giving to others or charity work an important part of your own Pursuit and why?

At the moment, we are giving minimal to charity. This is something I am actively working on changing in the coming year. We have identified a few charities are align with our family’s interests and are in the process of making decisions.


What 2 things have you learned in your own pursuit that you would like to share with others?

Because I believe that money is the route to freedom and that freedom leads to happiness, I would say that it is vital to focus on every decision that you make, financial and emotional, and know that the outcome WILL affect your future self in 5 years, 10 years, etc. The effect will either be positive or negative and that is what you need to realize when you’re making a decision to stay in a relationship or not, or to take a 401(k) loan or not. Everything matters.


If you could recommend only three websites/books/articles to anyone reading this, what would they be, and why?

Website:Rockstar Finance – It’s a daily collection of the best financial blog posts all in one place.

Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad – And oldie but a goodie. The book that opened my eyes to different types of wealth and the different paths to get there.

Book: Who Moved My Cheese – A quick motivational read that highlights the need to always be flexible in order to succeed.


What is your blog/website address and theme (if you want to share) for 2017?

My website is Mad Money Monster and it’s a chronicle of our frugal lifestyle in pursuit of an early retirement option. We’re a couple of Gen-Xers who made tons of emotional and financial mistakes before meeting and marrying, but we’re finally getting it right, together.  We’re thriving in a funky little PA town in our small house with a daughter, 2 crazy dogs, and 2 cool cats.

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1 thought on “Days of Happiness: Day Fourteen”

  1. That’s awesome that you will be paying off your car loan and I love that you have a stretch goal for your rental property. My husband recently bought a car and 0% interest so it doesn’t make sense to pay it off early, but I still can’t help myself from wanting to get rid of that (even though it doesn’t make financial sense).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on happiness. And best of luck with your goals!

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