In my inbox recently was an email from Mary Hunt, titled Three Ways to Stop Feeling Poor. In her article, Mary suggests the following low-cost ways to help you feel great without spending money: keep your car clean, inside and out; declutter your home; and tuck a $100 bill inside a secret pocket of your wallet (not for spending, just to make you feel good.)
I agree that all three are great suggestions. I absolutely love the feeling of a clean car. (Unfortunately, I have four poorly-trained children and I don't get to feel it very often.) A decluttered house is so much more welcoming. I often think back to my childhood. My best friend lived in a teensy house with her large family. Their furniture was old and well-worn. However, after we cleaned the living room (often her chore, and of course I helped so we could go play), it was as inviting as any fancy, decorated place. I'm not as sure about the third suggestion. I might be tempted to spend the money. Or pay off debt with it. What if my wallet is lost? I don't think I'll try that one.
To Mary's suggestions, I would like to add my own list of three:
- Get dressed in decent clothes every day. It doesn't have to be fancy - a pair of jeans and clean T shirt will do the job. Brush your hair and if it is long, get it out of your face. As much as I like to be barefoot, I feel better when I am wearing shoes. (Try it - it works!)
- Be conscious of the things for which you are thankful. Some people like to start a gratitude journal, where they write down the blessings in their lives. I try to be very deliberate in appreciating my house, my clothes, my family, etc.
- Give to others. Whether it be an hour of your time, a dollar of your money, or a bag of unworn clothes, giving will help you feel prosperous.