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A Better Money Mood
We've all been so depressed about our money situations that we often forget to be thankful for the things we do have. Here's how you get a better money mood!
Today's been one of those days. You know the kind of day where you just know that everything would be ten times better if only you had more money. Got a flat tire? No big deal! Had to take a sick pet the vet? Like a drop in the bucket! Yup, that's been my day. And I have to say, I was totally in a mood with my money situation because the truth is, I'm no where near where I want to be financially.
But, as I was trolling the Net to soothe my aggravated nerves, I came across a blog that made me stop and think a little bit. Mr. ToughMoneyLove has a great blog where he's known to say the things we need to hear, no matter how much we don't want to hear them. One of his recent posts addressed the issue of being in a better money mood.
Mr. ToughMoneyLove talks about the inherent relationship between money and psychology. In that realm, we can find better attitudes towards our money by being grateful for the things we do have instead of focusing on the things we don't. To do so, Mr. ToughMoneyLove says to take about two minutes to think of a few things that enrich your life and, without which, you would be poorer. For Mr. ToughMoneyLove it was the fact that he and his family were able to gather at their vacation home overlooking a lake.
So, forget the stock market, bailouts, inflation, and all the debts you owe for just a few minutes. Consider the positive things you have in your life, be it provided by money or relationships, and just reflect on them.
As I sat there reading the article and feeling disgruntled about my life, I began to think about what I have. For me it's the fact that I'm independent and don't have to depend on someone else for my well-being. I can work and pay my own bills, thank you very much! With some reflection I began to realize that it's not my money situation that makes the difference, but how I choose to handle these minor emergencies. I can choose to be miserable and let it affect my entire mood or, I can choose to let it go and move on. I'm choosing to move on.
What about you guys? What's your current money mood and what in your life are you most grateful for? - Kristy Young