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The relationship between time, money, and happiness

The relationship between time, money, and happiness

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Money: a store of productive time

We're commonly told that money is a "store of value," meaning a storehouse of past effort to use for future purchases. Really, money is a store of (productive) time.

When we notice the relationship between money and time, we realise that wealth isn't necessarily an abundance of money, but an abundance of time. When you gather a lot of money, you collect a large store of time which you can use as you want.

Financial independence is then...

An irony of modern society is that many people work more to have more money to buy more stuff, but because they have so much stuff, they need more money, which means they have to work more, which means they have less time. To escape this vicious cycle:

Experimental studies reveal that using your money on time-saving devices promotes happiness. The effects of "buying time" have the greatest impact on less-affluent individuals.

If you don't want to cut back on your lifestyle or are not able to cut back, you can still use t...

The relationship between time and money is this: When you spend less, you can work less. That means that frugality buys time. On a deeper level, frugality buys freedom - financial freedom, freedom from worry, freedom to spend your time as you wish.

There's a balance, and i...

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