First Person: 3 Ways Money Makes Me Happy

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There is an old adage that says money doesn't buy happiness. Someone said this to me recently, and the only thing I could think was that there are a lot of ways the money buys happiness. Now I'm not saying that money alone will can make me happy because that couldn't be further from the truth; however, after really thinking about it, I came up with three ways money does make me happy.

Here are three ways mone can buy me happiness.

Being healthy makes me happy.

There is no mistaking it, in this day and age it takes money to remain healthy. Just our family medical insurance premium alone cost us around $120 bi-weekly, which is more than $3,100 year. On top of having health insurance, I know that it's important to take care of ourselves to help prevent medical issues that will cost us even more. So, I don't mind paying more for things like fresh fruit and low calories foods. On average we spend around $250 a month of groceries, which is around $3,000 a year.

It costs us more than $6,000 a year to help ensure we stay healthy and therefore happy.

Spending time with my loved ones makes me happy.

I know that you are thinking. You're thinking that spending time with your loved ones should be free, right? Well, it is free in theory. However, if you aren't financially stable, there is a chance you will be too busy working extra hours to make ends me to spend any amount of quality time with your family.

During the recession that began in 2008, my husband and I struggled financially because he was laid off several times. To make ends meet he would work all the overtime he could when his employer allowed it. There were days when we hardly seen each other because he was working so much.

Now, we are more stable financially, so we have much more time to spend together.

Doing new and exciting things makes me happy.

I'm not a world traveler, but I do enjoy trying new and exciting things. For example, a local store recently offered a four day course on cake baking and decorating for $79. I've always been interested in learning to create professional level cakes, so I signed up. In addition to cost of the class, I had to spend $40 on baking supplies. In the end, I spent $119 and had a great time learning something I'll be able to use time and time again. However, none of that would have been possible if I couldn't have afforded to pay the necessary fees.

The bottom line is that most things in life take money, and without money life is much less enjoyable, even if you have a large supportive family.

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