Put the accumulation of money low on your list.
When money is low on our list, all areas of our life thrive: family, health, community, economy and our environment.
People who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan.
Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. “The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the less we find them there,” Ryan says. “The satisfaction has a short half-life—it’s very fleeting.” Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization.
They found that these problems were not caused by being affluent, but by making money a primary goal in life.