MONEY IS IMPORTANT. But how do we ensure it has the right importance in our life—and no more? Here are 11 signs we’ve got it about right:
- We aren’t jealous of others or lust after the things they have.
- We borrow when we must—but we never borrow so much that we stress ourselves out today or put our future self at risk.
- We consciously spend a little less today so we enjoy the long-run happiness that comes with money in the bank and the knowledge that we can cope with financial adversity.
- When there’s a big down day in the financial markets, we might feel anxious—but it doesn’t wreck our day or ruin our sleep.
- We view money as a way to improve our life, rather than as an obstacle that constantly holds us back.
- We spend after pondering the alternatives—but, truth be told, thoughts of spending don’t consume much of our time.
- We don’t fret about how we’ll pay the monthly bills or how we’ll cope with surprise expenses.
- When we look at our portfolio, we feel more contentment about what we have than fear about what the future might bring.
- We usually spend without guilt or subsequent regret.
- We know what our financial goals are and we’re confident we’ll get there.
- We feel we’re in charge of our finances—not the other way around.
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