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In our society, quality of life has everything to do with the quantity of things you own. How we spend our money is the most obvious way we invest in ourselves daily. With that in mind, are you investing in a life of quantity or one of quality?

Your quality of life is directly related to the state of your finances, but it’s deeper than just how much money you have. How you spend and what you spend on have dramatic effects on how you feel about money. And both of those things also have a great deal to do with how you feel about yourself.

This is where the guilt comes in. Instead of looking at how we invest our money with excitement and pride, we’re stuck with a bunch of stuff we’re not that enthusiastic about. Why? Because we’re a society of collectors – quantity tops quality every time.

If we’re measuring our quality of life by the quantity of things we own, we will never be happy. There’s always something newer, better, and more exclusive to strive for. You are more valuable than any handbag, job title or zip code; stop measuring your worth as a person against things that, in the long run, don’t mean much. Instead of devoting your time on collecting more stuff, focus on the quality of life you are living.

Action step

Do a “quality check” of your finances this week. Pay close attention to what you’re spending on – remember, each purchase is an investment – and decide which are fueling your quality of life. You could even take this a step further and do a total attitude inventory. Those things consuming your thoughts that aren’t aligned with your optimal quality of life are taking up valuable space in your mind. Let go of the “quantity” mindset, and invest your energy in quality.

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