How To Feel Rich In Life Without Money

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Life isn’t all about the dollar bill and having a hefty bank balance doesn’t necessarily make you a wealthy person. Happy is the new rich. Take 69-year-old Heidemarie Schwermer from Germany who gave up using money over 15 years ago, she now says she’s the happiest she’s ever been. No, I’m not saying you have to stop using money and give away everything other than the clothes on your back, but we’re definitely living in a material world and you certainly don’t have to be a material girl!

If all the money on the entire planet suddenly vanished, and all the luxuries we own spontaneously combusted, these are the things that would still be there, stand the test of time and bring happiness to our lives. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things that money can’t buy. Let’s take the time to appreciate them.

1) Family + Friends
I’m very much a family person and would feel lonely without the people in it. I definitely don’t have the biggest family; in fact, my dad’s side only has 12 members, which probably makes it one of the smallest families you could ever come across! I also consider my partner of nearly 10 years to be a part of my family now along with all of his family members, which is nice. So here’s to grandma with her infinite wisdom and to my mom for putting up with me in my teenage years! Cheers.

2) Love + Kindness
Love is such a broad spectrum, it can span from relationships, family, friends to your pet cat. It also branches out into kindness. With all the heinous things happening in the world right now, we could use more of those uplifting, faith in humanity restored videos. I always want to help others and doing an act of kindness makes me feel amazing. It doesn’t have to be anything big, the smallest of things can make a difference.

 3) Creativity + Passion
Nothing can take away your passions or your creativity, it is part of who you are, so it isn’t going anywhere! Picking up that journal or that sketch pad and creating something from nothing gives you a great feeling of accomplishment and contentment. I love to pick up a sketchpad and draw – even though I’m no Picasso – or work on my blog when an idea springs to mind. Just do what you love.

4) Time + Memories
You can get more money but you can’t get more time. There’s no point working like a dog 60 hours a week and ending up sacrificing the time you have with loved ones. Life is all about making memories and spending time together!

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  • Freya

    Love this post! Very reassuring

    Freya |

  • Jen

    You guys always hit the spot. Love your blog, so motivational!!!

  • Elishia Chave

    I always see these blogs and get a lot from them and I just realised I’m not following CGD. Time to correct that. I need to look at the back log and see what there is on starting a new life abroad!!!

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  • Marianela Pereyra

    So true. Terrific article =) As people get richer, they’ve not got any happier. It’s not a simple goal to be happy, it takes a lot of self-actualizing work. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • Zaza

    Number 4 is so true!

  • Alexis

    You sure hit the nail on the head! Love this post :)
    xx Alexis
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  • Dorthe Stromboli

    Heidemarie Schwermer gave inspiration to many, including me. Sadly she passed away last Year , RIP.

  • María Esther Morales Rosales

    Life is for enjoying it.

  • Jamie Lees

    My closest family live on the other side of the world from me and I have few friends nearby. I no longer look forward to things and can’t seem to generate much passion or enthusiasm for anything. My strongest memories are of the things I have lost. While I’m sure this post is well intentioned it doesn’t help me one jot :(

    • Mariela

      I was moved by your response Jamie. As someone who’s cup runeth over now, this has made the difference for me! With love and light to you!

      • Jamie Lees

        Thanks Mariela – I really appreciate your response. Please accept my apologies for the delay replying :)

  • Natalie Redman

    Yes to all of these!