But there's one interesting thing I've noticed about my own spending habits. Emergencies aside, such as the fridge dying suddenly, or the car needing an unanticipated major service, my husband and I tend to spend more money when we are stressed or unhappy.
Disorganisation and stress go hand-in-hand in our home, and so we start to get late fines and other penalties because bills have been misplaced and library books go missing. I feel less optimistic about canvasing for freelance work, which results in an overall lower income at the end of the year.
Looking longer term, stress, which I'm thinking of here as a physical manifestation of unhappiness, impacts our wellbeing over weeks and months. So, if we were to remain unhappy we could expect to have more doctor's bills to pay and medicines to buy because we're more suseptible to colds and flu, aches and pains.
Even longer term than that, stress is linked to heart disease and other illnesses which means more expenses.
What do you think? Is it possible that getting happy will help you cut expenses?
If so, then what? Does having more money make you even more happy?
What is happiness anyway and how do you 'get it'?
I hope to explore happiness and money further with you in future posts.