There is nothing better than getting away for a few days.  Leaving the ‘to-do’ list behind , taking time out from the workface and seeking out new adventures – or sometimes returning to our favourites.

Taking time out is something we all look forward to.  And while we’re amidst all this Coronavirus pandemic, it seems a great idea – although perhaps best to hold off on the cruise ship getaway…

You know not everything is going to go perfectly, life isn’t like that.  But when you’re on holiday/vacation we tend to be a little more tolerant when things go awry and we make the most of the things that go swimmingly.

The friendly hotel staff, the tour guide, the local who pointed you in the right direction when digital maps insists you go the other way (honey, I’m sure I read that right…) all help to make your time away enjoyable.  The pleasure of the sights and delights of being away out weigh the odd delay that may crop up, like at the airport or the long wait in line for an ice cream only to to trip and have it fall.  Oh, well.

It seems not everyone is as tolerant as us 

It was late afternoon, on the last leg of a day trip, we’re enjoying an easy 45-minute river ferry back to the harbour base.  Marvelling at the sights on the shore while nonchalantly flicking through the day’s photos and, most importantly, deciding where we were going to eat that night.  Picturing a cold refreshment in a harbour-side café on this warm summer evening was an enticing image.

During this, we couldn’t help but hear a group of loud, middle aged and apparently affluent travellers across the aisle.  They too were finishing their day, returning back to their cruise ship.  We were left under no illusion as to the size and status of their ship.

We had seen their cruise ship in the harbour the night before.  A spectacular vessel, sitting big and aloof among the commuter boats.  Chatting to friends later that night, it seems this is the cruise line you aspire to – total luxury for those that have the wherewithal.

Our fellow affluent travellers did indeed fit that demographic and judging from their conversations, this certainly wasn’t their first cruise.

By this stage they had become quite vocal and now half the ferry felt like they knew them intimately.  They were regulars on the cruise circuit, knew all the cruise lines, which were the best and which to avoid.

But here’s the thing 

For the whole 45 minutes of the ferry journey, their loud conversations consisted of moaning, groaning and complaining.  Not only about their current cruise but ones they had done as far back as 1998!

They were so busy complaining they missed the scenery, talked themselves out of the enjoyment of the day and seemed to get a huge enjoyment out of trying to outdo each other’s complaints!  They really did fit the stereotype of rich and intolerant!  Nothing was good enough for them.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Happiness is a choice.

Past a certain point, money doesn’t buy happiness.  However, if you that don’t have enough money to fulfill basic needs of life like, food, clothing and shelter, then more money would make you much happier.

So, if you are relying on money to make you happy, you’ll find that the ‘Happiness Bar’ gets higher as your bank balance rises.  Expectations grow and when those aren’t met, your actual happiness decreases.  And that often (far too often) leads to an intolerant, almost petulant personality.

Making the most of every minute of the day, is a choice. Letting go of the things that haven’t gone so well, is a choice.

You can choose to be happy no matter what your bank balance and your circumstances.

So, which will you choose?   Are you making the most of every day and the resources that you have, or are you playing the, “I’ll be happy when…” game?

Don’t envy those who appear to have more than you.  They may be living on plastic….

As Kirsten Keown from Mindset4growth comments, “Marketers are great at convincing us that we’ll increase our happiness by acquiring more possessions or “luxury” experiences.  The less commercially prohibitable truth is that genuine happiness comes from relationships (with ourselves and others) and being able to enjoy what we already have.”

If you want to get your money and happiness levels aligned, or you would like to discover how you can change the way you think about your money, then drop us an email or click on this link to find a day and time that suits you to have a chat with us.  Best of all – it’s free!  We’re really very friendly.

Here’s something to start the happiness, sing the song and just start clapping.  Why wait to be happy 🙂