What is it that more money would give you that you don’t have now? What small change would have the biggest impact on your health right now? Answering these questions help you find out what level of wellbeing you have in your and in your physical body. Wellbeing is defined as “the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful.”
Money increases happiness significantly for those who are poor and unable to meet their basic needs. That means the biggest predictor of happiness as it relates to money is not how much of it you make, but whether you can pay your bills. But constant upward comparison, i.e. keeping up with the Jones’s, decreases your wellbeing and happiness.
To increase your wellbeing in your finances, focus on widening the gap between your income and expenses. To do this you can spend less, make more money, or do both. To save money, set up default systems, like savings, paying bills or funding your retirement. Another thing you can do to increase financial wellbeing is to spend money on others. People report a higher level of happiness when their money goes to other. Scripture say it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)! Also, buy experiences instead of things! Purchase vacations, dining, and outings with friends, etc.
A Gallup comprehensive study of wellbeing states that 73% of Americans do not get enough exercise. It also states that people who are short sleepers (5-9 hours) and long sleepers (9-10+ hours) are 25-35% more likely to gain weight than people who get 7-8 hours of sleep. It has been proven that sleep accelerates learning, impacts performance, and helps you retain information.
To increase your physical wellbeing, set your daily reset button: sleep. Sleep clears stressors from the previous day. Get at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. 20 minutes per day boosts your mood for 24 hours. If you exercise only 2 days per week, you will have significantly less stress. You can also set up “positive defaults” for grocery shopping (don’t shop hungry), eating out (choose the healthy options), and exercise.
Having wellbeing can increase our resilience to cope with life’s difficulties and be able to enjoy life as we should. Being employed and engaged in meaningful activity is an important part of living a healthy life!
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