Can money buy you happiness?

Money can buy a lot of things…

things being the operative word.

Money can buy you a house, a car, a vacation, an expensive meal, clothing we really don’t need…

…but does that make you happy?

The house is cool and the car is sexy but did you buy them to make other people jealous.

The house and car can make you less stressed if you have been living on the street and have to take a bus everywhere which is a blessing but does it make us happy?

The vacation is nice unless you paid for it on your credit card and now have to try to make more money to pay it off. Short term happiness.

The new pair of jeans you bought might have been some kind of retail therapy so for about half an hour you felt happy but then you started to worry about how you are going to make that money back.

We have become a society of instant gratification and we don’t now how to feel happiness unless we buy shit.

Try to think back to times that actually made you happy…

…a walk with your family or friend, smelling the Autumn air and looking at the colors…

…waking up in the morning and feeling your children crawling in to bed with you to cuddle and chat (HUGE happy moment for me. My daughter would crawl in to bed with me on Saturday morning just to talk about the previous week and discuss what the day would hold)…

…a special moment with someone that made you realize how amazing living is…

…for us Canadians, after a long winter, the first time you can open your windows to air the house out…

…a moment when the touch of a hand or the soft whisper *I’m here for you” meant the world.

All of those moments cost nothing and they mean everything.

Let’s try to go back to those times and remember how happy we were without all of the gadgets…

…the cell phones, Facebook, Instagram, the television…

…Let’s be grateful that we are alive, we have food to eat, a roof over our heads…

…and we are capable of love in the purest sense.

Gayle Impey

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