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Being preoccupied with making money is the start of unhappiness

Throw a stone at a group of investment bankers and that person is likely to be an unhappy one.

Being financially conscious and having responsible spending habits is one thing, being preoccupied with money is another.

There is nothing wrong with beinge conscious of our money and budgetting in order to have enough for retirement while making as much as we can.

But remaining long-term in a job we detest because of the money is a different matter altogether.

Singaporeans are pretty money-obsessed people who don't mind doing that.

Doesn't help also that cost of living is so high and public housing prices are not likely to go down to affordable rates.

We need to see money as a means to an end.

Even if we need to make ends meet, there has to be a balance between making money and living our lives as fully as possible.

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CalmGemini wrote on April 22, 2015, 9:18 AM

Sometimes there is no other option but to continue .There may be family responsibilities..I think that is why most of them are doing it.So cannot blame them.But that is no reason for not getting the most from life.

iwrite28 wrote on April 22, 2015, 10:14 AM

You are absolutely right. Being aware and being preoccupied with money are two different things...and preoccupations leads to obsessing about it and unhappiness.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 22, 2015, 10:50 AM

The cost of living is pretty high most everywhere in the U.S. and money I very much an issue for most people.

trufflehunter wrote on April 22, 2015, 1:07 PM

The problem is people get jaded on the way. And that leads them to spend their spare cash unwisely, like buying a new house or car which lands them in more debt and the cycle continues.

CalmGemini wrote on April 22, 2015, 1:24 PM

It IS a vicious circle isn't it?

WordChazer wrote on April 22, 2015, 2:50 PM

Some people in the UK are getting like that too, for the same reasons. It's a lose-lose situation. Sacrifice your health to the work ethic or your house, family, car, life to the lack of money...

maxeen wrote on April 22, 2015, 6:39 PM

Makes more sense to stay home and do ones hobbies or just walk the money feeling away.

AudreyHowitt wrote on April 22, 2015, 9:18 PM

Sometimes it is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. Hang in there

allen0187 wrote on April 23, 2015, 3:13 AM

Well, I'd rather be unhappy and rich than unhappy and broke! I'm conscious with my expenses and I make sure I budget and invest but the thought of going broke is still persistent. Such is the uncertainty in this world when it comes to one's finances.

trufflehunter wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:30 AM

I agree with you. But often the quest for money is not so much the difference between no clean water and sanitary living but people want to be able to afford $7 coffees everyday which doesn't add much value to their existence.

scheng1 wrote on April 23, 2015, 8:43 AM

Investment bankers are unhappy not because they are preoccupied with making money. They are unhappy because they have to make money for their customers or get scolding from their boss for losing the customers.