"How To Be As Happy As A Billionaire" By Jen Saviano
Let me guess… you didn’t win the Powerball last night? Plenty of us have a crumpled up ticket in the trash right now, too.
Yesterday my friend and I sat outside with our coffees, snuggled up in blankets (it was 60 degrees out y’all, practically snowing for us Floridians) and chatted for an hour or so about what we’d do if we won the lotto: take care of family, find more charities we’re passionate about, travel the world, help out friends and strangers, buy a 4 story penthouse in the Upper East Side, purchase that Valentino bag I’ve been drooling over, oh boy could I go ON with this list but it’s starting to sting a little bit…
We were talking so in depth as if we were actually making done-deal plans, that I absorbed myself in the fantasy of it and felt a wave of euphoria… if only I could feel like this every day…
Then I had a thought… that amount of money certainly won’t be in my bank any time soon, *bitter* but that happiness should always be with me and should be available to anyone that wants it.
At a point during our unrealistic planning, we caught ourselves complaining about something… My friend stopped me, looked around and jokingly teased “yea because we’re really slumming it these days.”
Reality check right there…
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the what if's and what could be’s if we had this or that, that we sometimes forget how ridiculously, stupid blessed we already are. Sometimes a teasing reminder *or a Miss Lifestyler blog post * is all you need to snap you back to the real reality: If you have a roof over your head, food on the table and access to read this post, I’d say you’re doing pretty damn well, too.
As much as we’d all welcome a few mill in the bank with loving arms, it doesn’t change the fact that you can be billionaire happy right now.
How? It's as simple as appreciating what you already have...
As I typed that last sentence, my favorite quote popped into my head: ‘the things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.”
I guarantee you that some of the happiest kids in the world right now are playing in the dirt in a third world country and some of the most miserable are sitting in their multimillion dollar homes in LA, depressed and wanting more out of their lives.
Happiness is a state of mind, and if you don’t learn to accept and appreciate who you are and where you’re at in your life, nothing from the external world is going to really change that.
So today: take a moment to look around and count your blessings… write them down or scribble a mental note… Reflect, appreciate and absorb yourself in every second of today.
All stress factors and struggles will dissolve in that moment of gratitude… keep it going whenever you feel down and you’ll soon see that this is one of the healthiest habits you can learn to do.
Sorry you didn’t win the Powerball… and you probs won’t win the next one either... but life goes on, don’t spend it any other way then ridiculously happy and grateful.
By Jen Saviano. Jen has been on the reality TV show The Bachelor, played Tennis for her college and is the Founder of Miss Lifestyler.com. Jen is well know however she does not allow this attention to drown out her heart and desire to love and encourage people in this world.