A lot of people have a hard time psychologically with money. One of the many mental hurdles that you might find yourself having to overcome with regard to your finances is that of feeling guilty about money. In a world that can seem at times so unfair and unkind, it can be easy to tune into these feelings of guilt and to find yourself wondering whether you deserve the money at all. But as we will see, this is not going to do you any favours, and in this article we are going to look at how you might be able to feel better about making money.
Give Some Away
Probably the easiest and most direct way to feel better about your money is to make sure that you are giving some of it away. It’s not a bad idea to tithe yourself – set aside ten per cent, or five or whatever you might be able to afford, and simply make a point of giving it to the needy in any way you see fit. That might mean giving it to a trusted charity or simply handing it to someone you know personally who could probably use it better than you right now. In any case, this is bound to help ease your guilt about making money a little.
One of our favourite things to do before Christmas is the Reverse Advent Calendar.
Earn It Through Honest Work
The way in which you earn your money is also going to have a profound impact on how you feel about having it. If you are feeling anything less than perfectly honest about your line of work, you might find that there is a little nugget of guilt in your mind, and this is only going to grow over time. If that is the case, it’s a simple case of switching jobs to something more honest that you consider being a genuinely moral way of earning money. You could look into a graduate degree in occupational therapy, or think about becoming a doctor, teacher or something similar.
Keep Things In Perspective
Often, people will feel guilty about their finances because they are probably placing themselves in too high up a position in their own minds. At the end of the day, you are not in charge of a nation or in a similar position like that. You are just another person trying to get by, and if you manage to do that successfully then that is something that you can be proud of. By keeping things in perspective in this way, you should be able to feel much less guilty about money in general, as you are placing less stress on your own head.
Most of us spend money we don’t really need to. If you are finding yourself feeling particularly guilty, part of the problem might be that you feel you are splurging unnecessarily on things you don’t really need. So – spend less, and spend money only on things you need, and you are bound to feel better about the whole situation, especially as you will then have more to give away.
What do you think? I’m sure it’s worth thinking about and we would love to hear your thoughts.