10 Questions To Make You Think – February

A bit late but here it goes, 10 brand new questions to make you think this month.

This post is part of a sequence, you can read the other three posts here, here and here. Go to the last link if you want to understand more about this project.

  1. On a scale of one to ten, how sad are you? Why?
    One of the questions in December was the opposite of this one, it was how happy instead of how sad. This question is important because one is not exactly the opposite of the other. There’s something in the middle between being happy and sad. So even if you gave 5 for happy, it doesn’t mean you’ll give 5 for sad.

  2. What is your resolution for tomorrow?
    You can think of tomorrow as an abstract concept. What is your resolution for the future? What steps do you need to take to complete it?
  3. Are you seeking contentment or excitement?
    Again, this is one of those questions that might help you make decisions in the future. It can make you think long-term wishes rather than immediate gains.
  4. Are you in love?
    This question is important in both situations: if you’re single or  in a relationship. That’s because if you’re single and your answer is ‘yes’, you have to think about what it means to you and what you should do about it. If you’re in a relationship and your answer is ‘no’ then something is not quite right. If it’s the other way around then everything is how it should be =)
  5. What is your biggest obstacle right now?
    And what can you do to remove it? Or at least go round it.
  6. What are three things you have to buy?
    The key word here is ‘have’, not ‘want’ but ‘have’. If you really have to buy it then go ahead and do it or start saving for it. Otherwise, think twice. Do you really need it? Is it worthy of the price? You might want to write your shopping list here but try to think beyond that. Maybe you don’t really have to buy anything.
  7. Write down the cure for a broken heart.
    It might come in handy in the future. Although let’s hope not lol. This one is more for entertaining purposes.
  8. If you could change something about today, what would it be?
    Reflecting about your day and how you feel helps you reflect about yourself and what you can do to be better.
  9. What’s the most expensive thing you’re wearing now?
    This one follows the same principle of number 6. Why is it expensive? Did you buy it or was it a present? If you bought it, was it necessary to spend that much money? Or maybe you’ll find out that you haven’t spent that much money on anything at all which might make you feel better about your financial decisions.
  10. What’s the last dream you remember?
    Dreams can actually say a lot about you. No, they won’t predict your future but they represent your present. Your dreams reflect your feelings in real life. If you’ve been having nightmares, you’re probably really stressed and anxious in your daily life.

10 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness

Money

What? Did I hear you right? Are you saying money can buy happiness? No, I don’t think happiness depends on how much money you have. Happiness is something that comes from within. However, if you, like me, are not enlightened yet, I assume you need money to live. And there are ways this hard-earned money can help bring you some happiness. Buying products you want might give you some pleasure but that’s not the point of this post. The point here is how money can affect your happiness. So here it goes, in no particular order:

1- Travel

Travelling requires a reasonable amount of money. However, unlike products, it’s life experience. It will provide you with moments you will never forget and stories to tell. It will teach you about other cultures, about yourself and about life. Travelling is not just something you buy, it’s meaningful and it might change your life.

2- Save time

If you can use your money on something that will allow you to have more time, it’s worth it. You should spend your time doing things that really matter to you, not stuck in traffic or doing things you hate. I spent money on time when I decided to move to a more expensive place that reduced my commuting time. Now I can spend more time focusing on yoga, hanging out with my boyfriend and friends, having fun. It’s money spent on happiness. It’s worth it.

3- Contact your loved ones

Money spent on loved ones is not wasted money. You don’t have to buy them expensive presents but you do want to keep them in your life. Phone bills, internet, plane tickets, whatever brings you closer to your loved ones is money used for happiness.

4- Adopt a pet

Buying a pet definitely requires money but adopting a pet does too. You have to pay for food, health, toys, treats. Let’s be honest, a pet is like a baby to its owner and we always want all the best for them. But, even though having a pet is costly, it’s money well-spent. You have a friend for life, a company, a ball of fur or feather that loves you unconditionally, a source of fun and amusement, all into one.

5- Be more comfortable

If money can you make you more comfortable, take advantage of it. Walking on uncomfortable shoes all day will make you grumpy. You need a good night of sleep to be healthy. Feeling comfortable is a necessity. I remember when I decided to spend a little more money to buy nice fluffy pillows. I’ve never regretted it. Every night I put my head on my fluffy pillows, I feel glad I can sleep comfortably.

6- Do memorable activities

Many times you have memorable days that didn’t cost a thing. But there are activities that cost money and will give you a life-lasting memory. When I went to Paris, I decided to pay a bit more and go on a tour to Monet‘s garden. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve always loved Monet and his garden is absolutely fantastic. This memory will always seem like a fairy-tale to me. It’s unbelievable to think that I was actually there. The same goes for ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘. I could have gone for the cheaper restricted-view seats but I decided to get the second best. It was nothing considering this was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

7- Eat healthy food

Healthy food can be cheap or it can be expensive but it’s worth the money either way. What’s is more important than your health? I’ll come back to this point later on.

8- Help someone

Sometimes you can help people and animals with your time, sometimes with your money. It’s a selfless way to use it so it’s bound to bring you happiness.

As the amazing Dalai Lama said: “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

9- Save yourself hassle

Sure, we are trying to be more peaceful and relaxed. But let’s be honest, we can’t help getting stressed when things don’t work. So save yourself the hassle and spend money on practical things. Think about what’s bringing you hassle and solve it. People don’t love spending money on suitcases for example, they are not very glamorous. I travel a lot and I’ve had a lot of different suitcases. Dealing with suitcases was never a joy for me. It’s not fun when their handle or wheels break and you’re in the middle of getting somewhere or when they are too heavy to carry without injuring your back. After having this happening to me a few times, I decided that suitcases were worth spending money on. I have two suitcases. They are from the same brand and they were fairly expensive but they lasted years, their wheels roll smoothly, they are light, their handles don’t hurt my hands and their compartments are super practical. No more hassle.

10- Invest on health 

Finally, back to health. As I said, nothing more important than health. Sometimes you only realise how important health is when you’re sick. Don’t be silly! Your health is important all the time. Spend your money to take care of your health, go to dentist, cure and prevent your illnesses. Again, not a very glamorous thing to spend money on but worthier  than an iPhone or a pair of shoes.