Do You Think Money Has An Impact on Your Personality?
I believe that money makes me happy. Well, let’s rephrase that. I believe I am happier with money than I would be without it. I also believe that money has a slight influence on my personality. I believe that having money makes me much more calm and mellow.
Part of that calmness is certainly in-born. I am the complete opposite of my brother who is the most high-strung person I’ve ever met. My former coworkers might disagree, but my family and friends will tell you it takes quite a bit to get me worked up.
I also strive for a zen-like attitude. I was struck years ago with an unexpected medical condition. After that incident I vowed not to sweat the small stuff in life. To be honest I’m happy to wake up every morning. If I wake up pain free without the use of medications all the better.
While the first two factors certainly have a large impact on my personality I do believe money has a direct effect on my demeanor. With an ample emergency fund I don’t have to worry about how to pay bills if something unexpected happens. With enough money to pay my mortgage I don’t have to worry about being evicted or having my house fall into foreclosure. With ample money I can even seek relaxation if I’m stressed by getting a massage or scheduling a visit with my acupuncturist.
If I didn’t feel secure with my income and my savings I definitely think I would be more uptight. I think the stress of needing money would consume much of my time and thoughts and that this concern would cause me to be less happy and more stressed. I wouldn’t be a completely different person, but I think I wouldn’t be nearly as calm and relaxed.
Of course, as always I can only speak for myself. I know some people with money who are mean and miserly. I know some people without money who are always relaxed. Do you think money has an impact on your personality? If so how do you think it impacts you?
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