Giving thanks and personal finance
This post is a little on the shorter side since it is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. But we won’t ignore personal finance. In fact, we will embrace it while giving thanks. So you might ask what do giving thanks and personal finance have to do with each other? From my viewpoint, being positive and successful with personal finance and building wealth have a lot to do with some things we do not completely control.
GIVING THANKS AND PERSONAL FINANCE
Some of those things are reasons to be thankful. So let’s talk about just that: giving thanks and personal finance! Here are 3 things I am deeply thankful for.
GIVING THANKS AND PERSONAL FINANCE – HEALTH
I am so thankful for our health.
Our whole world revolves around being healthy. Of course, we can do some positive things to influence our health.
Eating right, exercise and staying up to date with medical exams and diagnostic procedures.
But life can always throw us curve balls as my friend Charlie at Seeking Returns will say. And he is right.
As this relates to giving thanks and personal finance, good health is so important to earning money in the working world. That’s where personal finance starts in my opinion. From my experience, work is tough and we need our health to battle for our paychecks everyday and meet our budget.
GIVING THANKS AND PERSONAL FINANCE – FAMILY
I am very thankful for the family’s we come from.
All four of our parents were born during the great depression. Both of my parents grew up poor. They were part of solid family’s that learned to live a good life with little. Today, most of us live in world of abundance. In contrast, our parents came of age in a world where most people fought for economic survival. From them we learned these 5 pillars of personal finance:
- Hard work
- Common sense
- Saving for a rainy day
- Investing any excess funds
These are the building blocks of personal finance. The way we go about these activities changes over time, but at their core they are timeless. Furthermore, I think this old expression applies: “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.
GIVING THANKS AND PERSONAL FINANCE – SIGNIFICANT OTHER
I’m very thankful for my wife.
Your chosen one may go by a different title: wife, husband, spouse, partner or friend. Mine, known here as Mrs. DD, picks me up when I’m down and supports me to an extreme. We think alike in many ways, but balance each other with different perspectives.
Our views on money are similar. I can’t ever remember a serious argument over the topic. I can’t remember very many serious arguments over anything for that matter. And from what I understand, divorce and untimely break ups with your partner can be a personal finance disaster.
Why am I so thankful? Because there is some luck involved in choosing a partner. After all, we are usually young and people can change over time.
GIVING THANKS AND PERSONAL FINANCE – YOU
I’m thankful for every reader who visits Dividends Diversify.
There is no reason to research and write about personal finance and investing if no one bothers to read. THANK YOU FOR VISITING!
I hope you have some or all of these things and many others to be thankful for today. And don’t forget, enjoy the journey!
Finally, if you are in the US and celebrating the holiday, Happy Thanksgiving!
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