Health, Wealth, and Happiness

All happiness depends upon courage and work.

For a little while I’ve been trying to work out what is really important in Life.  In as simple terms as possible, what is that we all strive for, what do we really want, what is life all about, really?  So help me, I came up with; Health, Wealth, and Happiness.

I don’t think these desirable states of being are even on the standard Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  However, I believe that you can’t have good health, sufficient money to live reasonably well, and sufficient contentment to deem yourself happy, unless the criteria within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is also being met.  You know, Maslow was much smarter than just drawing pyramids, he was also a deep thinker when it came to the science of happiness.

The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important.  ~  Abraham Maslow.

Wishing people health, wealth, and happiness used to be a very common toast in my part of the world.  Perhaps these days some people may turn their noses up at the ‘wealth’ part ~ most likely those people have never know what it is to be dirt poor.

  • Health.  By this we really mean having Good Health, for the great majority of your time on this Earth.  But, like all things, good health is a paradox.  In comparison to our forefathers we are all in good health, but future generations may well look back and pity the standards of health and fitness we know today.  For my personal health I like yoga and long walks.
  • Wealth.  Conspicuous wealth isn’t so important, but having enough money to comfortably meet the criteria of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is desirable.  Money may not be able to buy you love, but money will get you a fair amount of sex.  Money gives you freedom from many worries.  Having a little spare cash creates opportunities.  Personally, I’d rather be miserable with a few pounds in the bank than miserable and broke.
  • Happiness.  The great imponderable.  For many of us happiness comes from being fit and healthy, and having enough money to be free from many worries.  Happiness is also not having a host of negative emotions; anger, envy, fear, jealousy, lust…  There are as many ways to real happiness as there are people on this planet of ours.

I found real happiness the day I stopped being a wage slave.  Happiness also comes from not being pestered by idiots, such as your boss.  Phone calls from telemarketing people, Google filling my screen with crap and not what I searched for, Facebook targeting me with advertisements for things I’ve long since moved on from, and people with clipboards wanting to talk with me in the street ~ all of these things seem designed to disrupt my health, wealth and happiness.  I have a simple answer for those leeches~ fuck off, and please don’t keep in touch.

Perhaps there is no nirvana, perhaps having Health, Wealth, and Happiness is an oxymoron.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  ~  Shakespeare.

Being at peace with myself, knowing that I’ve not been a leech or a jerk, means that I can go to bed at night feeling somewhat happy.  But, like most people I’m never totally satisfied with my day’s endeavours.

On the other hand, I can easily walk a dozen miles a day, I can do yoga on the beach in the sunshine, I eat well, I have no money worries, and don’t go to bed feeling like crap.  So, perhaps real Health, Wealth, and Happiness is possible after all.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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10 responses

  1. I came across this quote by Einstein which is very close to what you just said. it goes something like this “I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care for money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. The only thing that gives me pleasure, apart from my work, my violin and my sailboat, is the appreciation of fellow workers.” As such I feel you are on your way(successfully) to carve out your own path

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  2. I think this is a good set Jack. My grandpa used to say, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” and that is a hattrick that we should aim for.

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  3. Health….for me its ignoring any aches or pains and just telling myself I am healthy…eating well, exercising when I can, and nursing myself when I don’t feel so hot.

    Wealth- for me that means having enough money to eat, provide myself shelter, but more important – to feed my mind with the fantastic ideas that learning new things brings. It is enlightenment, it is knowledge, it is feeling part of the universe and everything. Wealth is knowing I am connected to everything.

    Happiness – This is love, pure and simple. Love for myself, love for others, love for the earth, love for the animals and plants.

    The greatest state of being is to know that you are made of stardust and that connection to all things. No one can ever take that away from us. Keep that principle in your heart and you can survive despite any miserable circumstance. Death only brings relief from physical trauma….what lives forever is our energy that is the universe!

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  4. Being grateful for what you have, sharing with those in need, spreading joy and sunshine in someones life….that is where we soar and find the happiness 😉 oh, and reading you too of course….didn’t want to forget to mention that….do you have five bucks I could borrow/have? haha….just kidding, I have one in my purse at the moment 🙂 great post Sir Jack ❤

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  5. This post was magic!
    Yes. There are more important things than money and possessions. I’m trying to change my life a bit on that. Its not easy. 😧

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  6. 🖖 live long and prosper. Great post!

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  7. Feel you Jack and totally agree *head nods vigorously here*
    In my lil red dot or generally in Asia we Asians tend to wish the same 3 things; health, wealth and happiness! Happiness to me is a state of mind. Elusive and split second. Lasting happiness is rare to me as my needs, expectations and wants changes frequently. So I tell self to stop believing in the utopian world of a happy one. Be happy with short spells of it and treasure it is my motto. Ha! Maybe I am too cynical😉after going through so much😊🤗🤗

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  8. Sigh. I do believe I could write 50,000 words in response to this post … and still have more to say! But, as it is 3:30 a.m. here and I had hoped to get to a few more posts tonight, I will keep it as compact as I can.

    For starters, I 100% agree with the Maslow quote. I am happiest when I am content with my work and feel that I have produced something meaningful, have somehow made a difference.

    Next … the three things you list: health, wealth and happiness are all relative, and they are all slippery slopes reliant on the definition of the individual. What is health? As you know, I have a variety of health issues and am already living on borrowed time, and yet … and yet, compared to somebody who is within hours of death, I am pretty damn healthy! Compared to my friend Mary who cannot leave her home without toting her oxygen tank, I am the healthy. What is wealth? If I had $100,000, I would consider myself wealthy. But, compared to Bill Gates, I would yet be the epitome of poverty. And happiness … y’know, Jack … I think happiness depends on us. We either allow ourselves to be happy, or we do not. I am happy … oh, probably 90% of the time. But what I have come to realize is that if I am not happy at a given moment, it is nobody else’s fault but mine and mine alone. I have often, and still occasionally do, blame others. “Oh, Herb has made me so unhappy”. But then one day not so long ago, I had an epiphany and changed that statement to, “I have allowed Herb to make me unhappy”. And then, once I understand that, I can change my own attitude and be happy again.

    That said, the other thing I think is that … though I am quite happy, I do not think my happiness is the purpose of my life. I suspect that happiness is incidental and that if we are staying busy doing something that we believe has meaning, happiness will just rather be there, unbidden.

    You mentioned a toast. The Spanish have one that I love: Salud, dinero y amor, y el tiempo para gastarlos. Translation: Health, money and love, and the time to enjoy them.

    At the beginning of this post, you asked what is really important in life. I suspect every person will answer differently, and that is a good thing, but my answers would be: Love, humanity, intellect. In that order.

    Love, and many hugs, jack! ❤ ❤ ❤ … Give Marmaduke a hug and a kiss for me!

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  9. One sentence stuck out….the day I stopped being a wage slave….I to went though that. It’s the best thing I ever did! I work 10 hours for the sane money now. I am able to be a good mum. And I have time for me, family and friends. Being content is the happiest I think a person can be, good for you x

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  10. You sound like you are on the right track! Although, when I read these over, it seemed as if you are content with where you are. Contentment is a good thing. It is also not as common as it should be.

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