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5 Things That Make You Wealthy Besides Money

It’s easy to get caught up in watching your account balance grow every week. Those greed glands can get going. You start thinking about all the things you could buy, see and do with all that money! You begin to think about the amount of respect you would demand from other people if you had more money. Having more money becomes tied to your happiness and satisfaction with your life.

Don’t worry, it’s normal. We all have thoughts like this. And we all need money to live life on our terms.

But looking back on times in my life where I was the least happy and feeling kind of depressed I realized something… I was thinking about money a lot more than what is normal. It’s normal to want to make more money, to be free from debt and to have plenty of savings. But if money is the only thing you think about day and night you might be missing out on some great stuff.

I’m not suggesting you throw caution to the wind and not manage your money. In fact, I want you to be awesome with your money. But money is just a tool that you can use to amplify your life. Yes, if you have more money you can afford nice things and maybe do more stuff but are these things going to make you happy?

Maybe it’s time to look around and be grateful for all the things that are amazing in your life. Maybe there are things that are more important than money. Things money can not buy.

Real Things That Make You Rich – Other Than Money

1. Physical, mental and spiritual health. I love the saying that there’s “no point in being the richest man in the graveyard.” So true! I’ve seen plenty of people with lots of money who are unhealthy. What’s the point? If you have all the money in the world but you can’t walk up a flight of stairs or your riddled with guilt what does it matter?

To me the person who has good health is one of the richest people in the world. Having an able mind and healthy body is ultimate freedom. You can do anything as long as you have your health in check.

How much does it cost to be healthy? Not much! You can go outside and exercise for free any time you want. You can play with your dog or your children at the park under the sun. You can have a healthy snack of a piece of fruit from the local farmers market that will cost pennies. You can meditate or do yoga at any time. Being healthy doesn’t cost a lot but having good health will make you the richest person in the galaxy.

2. Family. I don’t live close to my family. I wish it was possible to move them all closer to me. When I get the opportunity to visit them and hang out with my aunts, uncles and cousins, I’m filled with joy. They all make me smile and laugh. It’s just so much fun. What does it cost me to enjoy my family? Nothing! Yes, I live further away so I might make a long drive which will cost me gas or buy a plan ticket. But you might live close by to your family. What’s it cost you? Nothing at all.

Families are so interesting. I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger but there are so many interesting people and stories in my family. Having a close family that enjoys spending time together is definitely more important than money.

3. Friends. These are people you love spending time with. Again, how much money does it cost you to share a story or a joke with a good friend? How much does it cost to have a friend over to your house just to hang out? Nothing! How awesome do you feel after having a fun time being with a good friend? Pretty awesome!

As we get older it can become difficult to keep up with friends and their changing lives. Responsibilities and distance get in the way. Do whatever you can to hold on to good friends. You don’t have to have 100 friends. You only need a few to feel rich. Call your friends, write them a note, send them an email, post on their Facebook wall to tell them you’re thinking about them.

What does it cost you to connect with your friends? Zero dollars. How rich does it make you feel to know you have good friends that love you? Super rich!

4. Being of service. It can be tough figuring out what your purpose is in life. I haven’t figured it out yet. There is one thing that we are all here to do, to serve. I’m not talking about serving in the charitable sense, even though that’s a good thing to do. I’m talking about being of service to those around you. Helping out where you can and making someone’s life a little better because you were around.

Even with your work and career you are here to serve. Think about the richest person you know. In most cases they have found a way to serve others and add value to other people’s lives in a big way. It’s for this reason that money and value flow towards them.

In my own life when times are lean it’s because I’m not focused on serving and providing more value than I expect to receive. Try it for yourself. Instead of worrying about me, me, me… try focusing on them. Them being your customers, clients, colleagues, boss, influencers and partners.

It’s easy to be selfish but the rewards are in being of service.

5. Your interests, joys and hobbies. Out of all the things on this list this one has the potential to cost the most money. Some people have expensive hobbies. You probably have some interests and hobbies that don’t cost much. For me, I love to read, I love to write, I enjoy great coffee, I enjoy funny movies and I play sports like baseball and racquetball. If we ever meet we should play racquetball :)

These are the things that make you… you. What does it cost to have interests? Nothing. We all have interests. I’m talking about the kinds of interests that captivate you and that you could spend all day talking about and never get bored. These interests give you joy and add depth and meaning to your life. Not to mention you’ll be able to find other people that are interested in the same sort of things you are. What an excellent way to make friends and become even richer (see no. 3 above).

To have a wide range of interests, joys and hobbies will make you rich!

Show gratitude for the wealth you already possess.

If you were to really think about everything in your life that makes you happy and brings you joy I bet money doesn’t make your top five. Sure, money can amplify some of these things. If you have more money you might be able to visit that friend that lives across the country or visit distant family. But you could also just pick up the phone and call them or write to them.

The point of this is to be grateful for the richness and abundance in your life. Every day give thanks for what you have. It can be hard to do sometimes. But just the act of writing out one thing your grateful for each day can dramatically improve your state and your outlook.

Even if you don’t have a ton of money in the bank right now you’re probably richer than you realize.

Leave a comment and share what makes you wealthy beyond just money.


  • Pati

    March 18, 2014

    Things that make me wealthy:

    My little Princess – she is there to greet me when I come home. She is willing to love me no matter what has happened. She came into my life when I needed her most. I no longer feel alone with her around. She is a furry ball of joy!!

    My family – I also do not live close to my family, some day I will be able to retire and move closer but for now I will fly. My family is constantly growing…soon I will have a grandchild to love and fuss over. My family brings me both joy and sorrow, but I know that they will always be there for me. I am lucky to still have my dad who has been a great insperation and has shown me what unconditional love is. No matter what I have done in life he has always been there to give me love, hope, support and understanding and has never been judgemental.

    My friends – I don’t have many but the ones that I do are true friends, I feel lucky to know that I have friends that are there that I can count on and know that they can count of my as well.

    My crafts – I love to crochet, needlework, make jewelry and many other creative things with my hands. I know that God has blessed me with the ability and love to work with my hands. It is a wonderful feeling when you complete a project or gift something that you have made yourself.

    And most days my job – I truly love my job. I work for the school district and have been able to work with my children over the years, from preschool thru high school. It is a wonderful feeling when you go somewhere and a former student comes up to you and asks “Do you remember me? I was at ____ school with you and remember when you____. It sometimes makes me feel old when I see them with their children but it also brings joy to know that they still remember me after all these years.

    Thank you for this article, it has reminded me how rich I really am (even when I stuggle at times financially). I have so many things in my life that bring me joy and happiness, so many things that many, many people do not have. It reminded me that if we look we can all be rich of heart even if not of pocket!!

    • Chris

      March 18, 2014

      Thanks for sharing your list Pati. I’m glad the article was a reminder of how rich your life already is. I think I wrote in part as a reminder to myself :)

  • L Seymour

    June 23, 2014

    While the article did not move me to make a list of the things that I am grateful for, it did remind me of exercises that bring about happiness that prove actually having the $$ in your possession isn’t what’s really driving the happiness – it is more the emotional charge behind what the money brings. (Much like the author’s point of amplification.)

    There is an exercise the Ester Hicks spoke of in one of her books. Carry around a 100.00 bill in your pocket/purse and you will find that in many instances, you do not even want to spend the cash. It is more about the idea of, “yeah, I could offer to buy that item – I could add to my possessions – but nah. I’m good.” That feeling in itself is great. This exercise works from the premise that most spending is swiping a card on a whim or emotion. Cash… you think twice. Additionally, how many times have you purchased that item that you wanted to possess thinking it would making you happy just to not even wear it or use it as much as you thought?

    Another exercise is to give yourself 1,000 dollars a day and incrementally afford yourself an additional grand each day. (Day 1, you have 1 grand. Day 30, you have 30 grand). While you are not actually buying anying and you don’t actually have the money, the exercise feels great! Again, it is not the money itself and the obtaining of the item that is bringing the happiness. I will admiit, I realized how driven by money I was because even with the idea of having 1 grand to spend (and you have to spend all the money each day), I was hestitant to spend it! Hesitant to spend money that wasn’t there. I was actually buying things in my head and then when I figured they weren’t going to work out – that rug is not going to go with those curtains or I visited a store after ‘mental spending’ and saw something better – I would go home and revise; make fake returns with the fake money!

    Seriously, after awhile, you have much of the things that you want. Even to the point where :-) I had to by a BMW in cash one day (gotta spend all the money each day)just so I could finish the exercise.

    I also realized how selfish I was. With all that money, I wasn’t giving anyone any. Just the 10% tithes and offering before I started spending. I started giving away thousands and really enjoyed it. Knowing the people and services I was helping.

    Despite never buying anything, I always felt great at the end of the exercise. I never felt depressed that it didn’t really happen. I actually started to look forward to the point in my day that I would sit and ‘mentally spend’ money on items AND others.

  • Kencla

    January 24, 2015

    What makes me rich:

    Just been able to praise my God everyday.

    My husband and children. Talking and laughing everyday with them. Just knowing that we can share things together makes me rich.

    My job: Getting up in the morning and going in front of 10 lovely children. Teaching them and making sure they understand the concept. Just knowing that I have done something good for a child, makes me wealthy.

    Having friends that I can trust and believe in. Hang out and make jokes with.

    Living a healthy live. Exercising with my family and friends.