I recently read an article and principle of the article was that “a higher standard of living does not lead to a higher quality of life.”
This article was so good that it changed the way I view my life and that of those around me (yes! It was that good)!
One of the key statements was that
WE’RE TAUGHT TO REACH FOR A HIGHER STANDARD OF LIVING
This statement was very complelling to me. Most of our life, we’re conditioned to believe that a higher standard of living leads to a higher quality of life SIMPLE!
When you simply look around, you start to realize how extreme this is. The marketing, advertisements, and even our friends and family who have more and better things than we do make us feel like we need to have more stuff and better stuff in order to have a better life.
Guess what? That’s not true.
A better job, a better house, a better school, a better car, a better neighborhood etc. simply does not mean a better life.
This is obviously not shocking to many of us. We already know based on our own experiences that a higher standard of living simply does not mean a higher quality of life. Most of us are experiencing a higher standard of living than we once had, and it certainly does not mean our quality of life is higher.
So why is it that despite having a higher salary, we often still feel our lives have not improved at all? It is inevitable, the more you earn, the more you spend. Your lifestyle becomes pricier and those things that were luxuries become basics. We live from paycheck to paycheck because our lifestyles are in sync with our income.
I find it very hard to save money and admire those who do but its something I am looking to improve myself in. I am happy to have discovered at such an early stage that focusing on making more money or building wealth is definitely not the key to a higher standard of living.
How to have a higher quality of life
We need to start focusing on the things that actually create a higher quality of life for us. Things such as positive and strong relationships, good health, and doing those things that simply give us the pleasure of living e.g, spending more time with family or starting that small hobby we have always dreamt of.
I’m not saying that money isn’t important. Rather, this is a plea to acknowledge that there’s more to life than money.
It’s important to keep money in perspective. But, we always need to understand how the relationship we have with money affects our quality of life. Money should not be spent satisfying desires instead of fulfilling our needs. It should certainly not dictate our activities, affect our relationships and consume our thoughts.
I want to look back on my life one day and be able to gauge my success by purpose and character. I want to have made a difference in people’s lives and made the world a better place for my children.
As Albert Einstein said “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” The choice is yours. There’s more to life than money.
Be free, Be happy and Don’t let money dictate your quality of life.