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A thought exercise on the recipe for happiness and where your dollars should really be deployed to achieve it.
I love January. As a Type-A planner type who measures all her financial goals on a calendar year, January is pretty much like waking up to a Christmas tree surrounded by gifts. I get to set new financial goals? I get to make a new budget? I get to dump a bunch more money into my IRA? Yes, please!
This year in particular, I’ve got a lot more fun stuff on my plate. The Hubs and I are expecting our first kid soon. I’m taking several steps on a financial level to prepare for the kid (more on that in a future post). It’s also led to some interesting conversations about priorities. The other night I was lying in bed next to my husband, and I asked him what he wanted for our son’s future. What I was asking, essentially, was, “What are the ingredients for a happy life for our son?”
Here’s what we came up with. We hope he:
Is relatively healthy Is an honest, earnest, giving person Finds things to engage his interest in life Develops a mentality that fosters positivity and gratitude Is of at least average intelligence (because being below average would cause a lot of friction and challenges in the world) Can financially support himself in life (having a secure home, enough to eat, healthcare, etc. is important) Finds and fosters strong relationships (with family, friends, and perhaps one day a romantic partner) Learns to be persistent and