Last week, I posted a blog that explored the age-old question: Can money buy love? According to the results of a NerdWallet survey, there seems to be a correlation between love and money. Another survey on the subject conducted by eHarmony reported the same conclusion.
Here’s the thing, there is no denying that (more) money can make life easier and less stressful. And I’ll even concede, as the surveys say, that in general people are more attracted to others with money, but is that love?
As I was exploring the depth of the connection between love and money, or, for that matter, between money and happiness, I found many articles contradicting the survey results reported above. For example, there is an old Chinese proverb that touches on the subject. It goes something like this:
With money you can buy a house, but not a home.
With money you can buy a clock, but not time.
With money you can buy a bed, but not sleep….
It goes on and on, but you get the point.
Award winning author, Frank Sonnenberg, also spent some time on the subject and compiled an amazing list of 50 things money can’t buy. The website, powerofpositivity.com also has a list along with a myriad of other sites. Reading what they came up with has really been inspiring.
Here are twenty-five of my favorite things that cannot be bought:
- Respect/ both giving and getting
- Manners/having class
- Common sense
- A clear conscience
- True friends
- Close-knit family
- Peace of mind
- Good karma
- Happy memories
- A good reputation
- Sense of Humor/laughter
- Appreciation of the simple things
- Proper perspective
- An open mind
- A positive attitude
- True love
- Good health
- A happy home
I have to admit, as I was writing my list I had a hard time limiting it to just twenty-five. There are so many extremely important things that cannot be bought, but this is not to say these things are mutually exclusive. Wealthy people can also have these things. If you are a person who is on a quest to have lots of money, good for you. But please do not lose sight of what’s truly important.
What’s on your list?