There’s a story about an American doctor who visited the African nation of Mali on a missions trip.
As she tended to the medical needs of the local people, a woman asked her how many children she had.
“None,” she replied.
The local woman looked at her with mournful eyes and said that she was sorry.
The doctor asked the woman how many children she had.
The woman beamed as she responded, “Eight. I’m very fortunate to be so rich.”
The doctor realised that the women of Mali measured their wealth very differently. It wasn’t in financial or material terms, but in the number of children they were privileged to bear.
It’s a great reminder that there are a lot of people in the world who have a lot of money, but don’t consider themselves to be wealthy. And many who we would define as poor who see themselves as very rich.
There are a lot of people who live in very fortunate circumstances, but are far from happy. Whilst there are people living in the most desperate of situations who are able to laugh and sing.
Real wealth and happiness comes when you look at what you have and are grateful for it.
If you want to be wealthier and happier, I would suggest that you don’t need more money or material things, but a change in perspective.
What are the things that help you to feel wealthy and happy?