How Do You Define Wealth?

After reading this blog post "We Are Wealthy. And Why It Matters," I was immediately struck by the fact that no one I know considers themselves wealthy. Why is that? I know I define wealthy as always having enough (plus extra) money, and if someone stopped me on the street and asked me if I am wealthy, I would probably answer "No" just out of habit. However, once I stop and think about it, my family and I are very wealthy.

We own a home, filled with all the comforts we need. We have multiple items of clothing to wear, many choices of food to eat, televisions, cable TV, internet, multiple computers and smart phones, shoes, patio furniture, etc. etc. the list goes on. We are so blessed with all we have and the real wealth is that we have the health and ability to enjoy it together. We are so well taken care of, but don't appreciate it enough.
How can you feel wealthy even if you don't have a million dollars in the bank?

Enjoy the things you already own

One of our goals for trying to simplify your life is to be able to enjoy the things you already own. We have so many things we don't even use (wealth again) that we really want to start using them. After all, we bought them because we were excited to use them, right? So that boat in the driveway (wealth again), the bikes in the garage (wealth again), the games in the drawer, the firepit in the backyard - all things that we want to enjoy.

Remove the things that don't bring you joy

By getting rid of things we aren't using (wealth again), it will clear our home to let us focus on the things we can enjoy again. The process of decluttering allows you to think about each item in your home. If you have something that doesn't bring you joy, and/or is rarely used, think about removing it from your home. You will create space (wealth again) and replace neutral or negative feelings with positive ones (wealth again).

Change you state of mind

Wealth is a state of mind as much as it is a state of your bank balance. We need to keep reminding ourselves that our freedom, the choices we have, the opportunities we have, and the things we already own make us all wealthy. When you tell yourself how lucky you are, and how you really have enough in life, you begin to feel wealthy. Wealth doesn't necessarily come from owning a lot. In fact, owning a lot can bring you stress and take a lot of time.

Instead, wealth comes from being happy and fulfilled. Add your health, your family, and your friends, and we are rich, very, very rich.

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