Sometimes, it feels like we’re trudging through life aimlessly and working long hours just to earn that monthly salary in order to pay the bills. Then we’re faced with lots of uncertainty these days because even that monthly salary may not be that certain or ‘safe’ to a lot of workers out there, with retrenchment underway and some companies closing their doors.
Which brings me to the question, “Are you happy?” Many people have asked me that question before and I found myself giving a very non-committal “As happy as I can be”. Last year, I met @chongsulee and she introduced me to the concept of what makes us happy and there are three main elements:
Without health, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the things that you want to do, agree? Imagine if you’re sickly, you’d be in bed most of the time. Or if you’re simply unfit, you wouldn’t be able to travel far distances or chase after your children at the playground.
That’s why we are all busy working – to earn more money and hopefully, earn enough to not just feed ourselves but to live comfortably. Not everyone wants to be billionaires but I would say that everyone is looking for financial freedom. What that means is that you earn enough and have saved enough to do whatever you want without worrying about the next pay cheque.
Without time, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the things that you enjoy, correct? Especially if you’re the type who enjoys travelling. Or when you’re a working adult and you’re working from 9 to 6 (or even till 11 pm for some), you’re hard pressed for time to enjoy the things you would normally like to do.
Now, let’s look at these 3 pillars in the different life stages:
Teenager – still young and in the peak of health, have quite a lot of time but lacking in funds
Working adult – depending on where you are, you’re still youthful and energetic but you’re now exchanging time for money (i.e. work) and you’re still accumulating as much money as possible to get what you want/need. Sometimes, the stress gets to you and you compromise your health. Time is a precious commodity while you’re working.
Elderly – You’ve saved up your nest egg so you’re financially quite well. However, you no longer have the health to do all the things that you want to do and time is also a bit of a question because you may have time during retirement, but how long more would that last if your health isn’t great?
So…how then can we have balance in our lives in order to be truly happy? The theory is that all 3 pillars have to be at 100% or close to it before we feel fulfilled and therefore, happy. Sounds like a tall order, isn’t it? Well, it’s definitely not an overnight thing but I’ve found a way to slowly but surely get there.
Through taking care of my health through Unicity‘s high-quality supplements, I also earn points from this which is converted into cash once I hit a certain threshold. The best part is that if others who have the same goal as I do (c’mon…I’m sure a lot of you do) and already are taking supplements to have a healthier life, join me and Su Lee in spreading this message across so that we can all earn off the passive income. This would then help alleviate the stress of exchanging time for money eventually and freeing up time for you to enjoy life. It’s definitely a cycle.