28 Jan The best things in life are free…and here’s the proof!
I'm often asked about whether money can buy happiness; and I'm often saynig that although it can reduce some stressors it won't provide a lot of positive emotion.
Another part of this question that's oft ignored, however, is that what's really needed for real happiness is pretty much available to all of us, any time, at no cost at all.
In fact happiness is, largely…FREE!
In this nice article from the Huffinton Post, Lindsay Holmes lists all the things that will bring you happiness for no dollars at all. Read on and enjoy…
What if we told you that you were one of the wealthiest people in the world?
Before you scratch your head and check your wallet, pause for a moment and think about the assets in your life. Not just the dollar bills in the safe, but the other valuables you have. The ones that actually matter.
Sure, money can buy a lot of things — but that's it. They're just things. Material possessions are great, but happiness doesn't come from the items we own. It comes from a toddler's giggle or your mom's cooking. It shows up on a sunny day or seeing your best friend walk down the aisle.
When it comes down to it, the riches in our bank accounts don't compare to the seven riches below. Here's evidence that the best things in life don't cost a single penny.
Admit it, there's nothing like a warm embrace from someone you care about. Hugs can do a lot more than just make you feel good for a split moment. Research shows they may lower your blood pressure and boost your heart. Not bad for a small (and free!) gesture.
Friends and family.
You can't put a price point on your loved ones. They're worth everything without costing a single dime (except for maybe those few bucks you let them borrow for that smoothie when they were short). It's a small price to pay when you consider the real value they add to your life. Studies suggest that friendships bring huge health perks, from increased longevity to improved mood.
Pro-tip: The more you grin, the more joy you'll feel. According to one 2012 study, people who received a smile from strangers felt a greater sense of social connectedness. And who doesn't want to feel like they belong? Not to mention those "knowing smiles" you share with your best friends after an inside joke. So go on and flash those pearly whites…
…keep reading the full & original article HERE