“How many times have
You heard someone say,
‘If I had his money,
I could do things my way.’
But little they know,
That it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten
With a satisfied mind.”
Johnny Cash, Satisfied Mind
First and foremost, Happy birthday to Johnny Cash! Although he’s no longer alive, Cash remains to be an iconic artist in country music.
Cash has a ton of songs that have valuable lessons within the lyrics, so it was hard to choose which one to write about. The lyrics to ‘Satisfied Mind’ stuck out to me the most because it’s applicable to a lot of college students – mostly broke, yet striving to make bank.
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
The lesson to be learned from Cash’s song, ‘Satisfied Mind,’ is that money doesn’t lead to happiness. Being content with what you have, however, does.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Being rich would make you happier than living in poverty.
You’re probably right.
But according to a post on Forbes’ website, money doesn’t play a role in happiness after a person reaches a “comfortable standard” of living. So if you have enough money to get by, take a deep breath and remember you don’t need all the money in the world to be happy.
Things that bring happiness
- Spending time with family and friends. Plan a game night, host a potluck party or go on a hike with your loved ones.
- Learning a new hobby. Learn how to do something you’ve always been interested in, but never got around to doing. Or better yet, do something completely out of your comfort zone.
- Exercising. Getting off the couch is the most difficult step. Getting in shape will boost your confidence and make you happier.
- Volunteering. Find a local organization and find out how you can help. Helping other people is proven to fight depression.
- Looking on the bright side. For example, instead of dreading Mondays, be thankful you get to see another day.
These are just a couple ways to develop a satisfied mind. It may sound cliché, but most things that make you happy really are free!
According to researchers Tim Kassar and Richard Ryan, prioritizing money puts your mental health at risk.
Health risks include:
- Low self-esteem
So next time you’re struggling financially, think of Cash’s song ‘Satisfied Mind.’ Remember that being happy is in your control, and it’s in your best interest.
What are some things that satisfy your mind?