Everything In Moderation

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A few days ago I wrote about paying close attention to what makes me happy and what makes me unhappy. One thing I’ve noticed on this little happiness journey is that too much of anything tips the scale from happy to unhappy. There is a line somewhere in there where too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. For example, finding time to be introverted and have “me time” makes me happy. If I do it too long though, I feel lethargic and unhappy. Another example: I enjoy a little pick me up from Starbucks. But if I go too often it’s no longer a special treat and I feel unhappy about the money I’ve spent. For me it’s about finding that balance, which relates to another recent post.

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So what am I saying? Everything in moderation.

This can be applied to a lot of things in life, including finances. I don’t feel the need to cut coffee treats completely out of my budget, but I do it in moderation. Same for dinners out with friends, shopping for clothes, and even putting extra money towards my car. Even though the extra car payments are helpful, sometimes I put too much money towards my car and then feel broke until my next pay check. Same for savings. I’m all about putting money towards savings and retirement funds, but I also believe in leaving a little bit of money to enjoy life in the present.

It’s also about excess.

I like to stock up on things when I find a good deal, but there is a point where I just feel like maybe I’m being stingy and hoarding. Stocking up and planning ahead works for me, but excess does not and the scale tips towards unhappy. I wanted to stop buying clothes this year because all the excess in my closet makes me feel overwhelmed and wasteful. Everything in moderation.

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What do you think? Do you feel like your happiness meter can tip when you have excess of something, or do something in excess? What things do you try to do in moderation?

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