Have Yourself A Simple Christmas Happiness. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a unique Christmas article about not being a slave to your things and having yourself a simple Christmas happiness. Christmas is one of my most exciting seasons of the year. I have many reasons to celebrate Christmas this year with my family and friends. I don’t know about you, but it has been a year of freedom and growth in every area of my personal life, and I wanted to celebrate it with you all by sharing this particular message.
Have Yourself A Simple Christmas Happiness
If you aren’t happy, why aren’t you?
Chances are it is because you want something you do not have, objects or conditions. This is probably not a good enough reason, and a review of your situation and perceptions may be in order.
You may have seen a video of children in impoverished countries laughing and playing, unconcerned that they should have more to be happy about. They are so glad because they play and have friends, family, and some food to eat that day. Everyone has the right to be happy, and if they can be in their situation, shouldn’t you?
Happiness is inside us, in our minds, and our thinking. It is not external material things or experiences but the enjoyment of our thoughts and feelings. This is good because our thoughts, and therefore our happiness, are up to us.
Start by reviewing the things you have to be happy about and dwell on these. Don’t overlook the little or basic things that you take for granted.
Don’t Be A Slave To Your Things This Christmas
Do you have things like a bicycle, jetski, or swimming pool that sit unused?
Is it that you don’t have time to use them because you have to work so much to pay for them?
Sometimes it seems like all the things we own somehow own us.
The bad news is that it’s often true.
We have to arrange our lives around our things. You get a new truck that can go anywhere, but you need to be more busy working on going there. Someone is out fishing while you are putting in overtime to pay for your fishing boat. You use your large-screen television a lot, but does it sufficiently reduce the debt stress that comes with it?
Break The Chains!
The good news is that there’s a better way.
There are three better ways. First, know what you value. Second, use cash instead of debt. Third, learn how to look at costs and benefits.
Will you enjoy that £2,000 mountain bicycle enough? Maybe. This isn’t about right or wrong desires. It’s a question of truly seeing your values. Think back to things you’ve bought, not used, or not used enough. What delightful things could you do with that money if you had it now? You’ve got to be self-aware and honest.
Make a habit of substituting unhappy thoughts with happy thoughts. Whenever an unfavourable picture enters your mind, eject it and replace it with a pleasant one. We all have some excellent experiences to recollect, and there are usually little pleasures around us most of the time. You can even imagine enjoyable experiences which will have a similar positive effect.
Cash Is King
The price may seem the same, but put those things on a credit card, and you’ll pay a lot more with interest. Cash means you have to save and wait a little for something, but you can buy more and have less stress. Credit cards provide the illusion of a more prosperous life. Escaping debt gives you the reality.
Finally, Learn To Understand the Costs And Benefits
A friend once realised, using pen and paper, that his jetski cost him £300 for every hour he used it the first year. Loan interest, gas, insurance, depreciation, repairs, and licenses add up. And he thought it was too expensive to pay £100 per day to rent one! Consider the actual costs of things, and look for a cheaper way, or at least make an honest decision that it’s worth £300 per hour.
Your things should be making your life better.
If they aren’t, you need to start looking at them differently.
Don’t let your things own you.
Change your approach. Establish sound principles and conduct yourself according to these principles. Love, or at least be tolerant of, your fellow humans. Don’t strive too hard for that which, in the end, will not make you happier.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!