More often than not, you will come across an article that tells you how money is not a determinant in your happiness. These articles may have a solid basis but you also need to realize that your relationship with money affects you more than you probably know. This means that to become happier, you need to have a better relationship with your money. This will require developing healthy money habits that will help you reduce your stress levels, take away your worries and lift off some unnecessary pressures that are financially motivated. A bonus here would be that some good money habits are actually good for your health too.
Good Money Habits
First and foremost, you should know your worth. Knowing how much you have is a good way of planning your life based on facts and instead of uncertainties. Most people end up in tight financial situations because they spend what they do not have, thinking that they have it. And when the bills start rolling in they are often left in panic and high stress levels. Check your account balances, know your expenditure and understand your spending habits in general so that you can balance everything up in a reasonable way.
You also need to learn how to pay your bills as soon as you get them. A delay on bills leads to an accumulation of debt, and it also creates the illusion that you have money. The best way to be happy is to minimize your debts by paying them as soon as you can. You can easily achieve this through automation where you automatically channel your money towards the pending bills as soon the money gets into your account.
Have a simple budget that matches your financial capacity. This implies only indulging in habits that you can afford. For those who enjoy eating out, you may want to start cooking your food at home. Eating out may be fun but it is not always healthy. Cooking at home also gives you control over the cleanliness of the food and the safety of the ingredients that you use in preparing the meal. You are also in charge of the freshness of the groceries thus allowing yourself to eat healthy and stay safe. Home meals are also cheaper to make.
Another way to become a better you in a way that is positive to your finances is to be healthy. Most people consider gym memberships too expensive and in most cases, they are right. You do not however need to go to the gym in order to work out. If you live in a good neighborhood, you can go for early morning or late evening walks or jogs. This will ensure you get adequate exercise to avoid lifestyle diseases without having to spend much. The positive side of this is that you will be able to avoid lifestyle diseases while also staying healthy and productive. You can then channel the money that you make into investments for your retirement and the future of the people that you care about. This will mean a happier, better and more fulfilled life for you.