What makes you happy?

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I was recently presented with a fairly unique opportunity. For the past couple of years I've been working behind a desk making pretty good money, which was new to me. I had always thought that if I made more money I would be better off. Well I was recently given the opportunity to go back to ranching, making far less money than I was before, but it gave my wife and I the chance to do something we love doing, and it also makes us happy. So to me, the $14,000 pay cut is worth it.

This leads me to my question. What would your choice be? Is the money really that important? Does money bring you happiness, or is happiness more important than how much you make?

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Foremost, an environment where basic needs are met, such as food, clean water, shelter and clothing. A job which pays a living wage which you can do well and get some satisfaction out of. Meaningful interaction with family, friends, and community. A strong, lasting marriage.Confidence about the future.Self esteem, good health. generic medicines

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Money isn't everything... Do

Money isn't everything... Do what you love to do first, then figure out how you can make a living at it.

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I think being able to look in

I think being able to look in a mirror without hating the man looking at you, knowing your life ain't no waste and you've done all you can.

I could say more, but I better not.

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What means the most to you?

That's the deciding factor in what'll make a man happy. What means the most? Some folks love keepin' up with the Jones's, and some like the simple life. For me, trying to make more money just to spend it just raised my blood pressure. I myself have had some great paying jobs, and I'll admit that when I could afford to take a couple hundred bucks to the honkey-tonk, I had some fun. But, the most enjoyment I ever had was cowboyin'. You know what they say "Long days and short pay". But who else gets to spend a day on a horse, and stays out under the sky. I'll tell you what else- beer never tasted so good as after I worked fifteen hours, and then plopped into that fluffy old recliner. Yup, that was livin'. So as for me. I'll take the long days and smaller wage. Everyone else can run their rat race. I'm good right where I'm at.

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I decided to take a career

I decided to take a career change in to hunting and farming here in Scotland and well I loved it I took a pay cut but I had to live away from home but I felt good about myself, when morning came I was happy getting out of bed. I worked 7 days a week from dusk till dawn but it didn't really bother me. Also, lets be honest country folk are priceless compared to the town and city slickers of today. I was just clearing minimum wage but I was treated as one of the family. I loved it.
However I was hoping in bring my girlfriend down to join me but the family didn't agree and well I wasn't getting home a often as I would have liked and in the end I had to choose between a job or a relationship and well I'm back home now desperately looking for a job in an area where hunting and farming isn't as big as it is back in the country.
To me money isn't everything but it does help you along. It's how you feel about yourself that matters I think.

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Less money for what i love

I would go with the less money to do what i love. I love ranching and especially rodeo and i would do that no matter what the money problem was so i would defiatly go with the lesser money.

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happiness is a feeling, it

happiness is a feeling, it cant be bought nor sold, happiness is giving and received from one to another from something to someone. money is just a lil piece of paper. what does it really matter anyway its not like you can take it when u r gone... but happiness.... that lives in your heart and in your soul forever

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That is so true.

That is so true.

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Money to make happiness, duh...

No, money is not happiness but it does afford the opportunity to find happiness. Believe me, unless you have really, really had NO money, you have no ability to tell another that money will not bring them happiness. It is NOT that simple to logically deny the connection of money to happiness.

Yes, one can be happy with nothing or anything. That is a fact and lies with the deffinition of what happiness is to each and every different individual. But the truth, try being happy on an empty stomach. Try being happy when you can not afford to take your child to a doctor. Try being happy when you do not have the money to bury your mother. And the list goes on.

I will take money for work done, but I will not take another 'job' (30 year career) that I do not enjoy. I will continue to struggle with my minuscule pension (that this company defaulted on) and the happiness I can find in my day to day life comes from within me. But I do not deny that with money, I would be a lot happier.

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What makes me happy?

Since I have never had enough money to worry about, it is pretty simple;

My wife, kids, and grandkids.

Sitting on the back of a good horse

A warm, sunny day

Laying back along side a blue lake, maybe even wirth a fishing line in the water

A few quite, reflective moments

And, most of all (at my age), just waking up in the morning and not seeing my name in the obituaries.,,, lol

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Sounds like Serinity

That sounds like serenity to me Nighthawksh. Kids laughter, warmth of the porch, beautiful views....Priceless.....but I have yet met anyone who did get up to read their name in the obituaries...That is really some funny humor.

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Well being that my career

Well being that my career choice is teaching and they don't make much money I would have to say that no money cant buy you happiness. I definitely think its better to do something you love doing for less money and be less stressed and have time to be with those you love and care about.

Philippians 4: 13

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It took a while for me, but I

It took a while for me, but I figured out that money isn't everything. I took the pay cut and found out that my wife and I are actually happier now. Granted I'm not making 16k extra a year, but who cares? I'm not working night shifts anymore, I actually get time with my family, and I'm doing something I love. That's worth more than any amount of money in the world to me.

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If I had to make the choice

If I had to make the choice of make more money,or have peace of mind,I would take the peace of mind,and sacrifice the money. I learned the hard way that all the stress of the big money jobs is not worth my health,or sacrificing time with my family just to have bigger,and shinier toys

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Happiness

1 Timothy 6:10 says "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil". Rather you believe the Bible is true or not, you must see that this is true. If we are working to make more money you will make your self miserable. Evil does not being happiness at all. I would take the pay-cut.

Romans 8:28

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Happiness

I have to agree! Money cannot buy you happiness, and is the root to all kinds of evil. I make a pretty good living, I am a Nurse and I also have my Masters in Nursing education and so I teach nursing students about different areas of medicine. And I have to say to this day, I would take a pay cut to do what I love to do and that would be ranching.

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