It has been one year since stocks dropped, house prices went up and people with once stable jobs were let go. The need for money remains in our minds, causing us to be stressed and unhappy.
However, the unhappiness that COVID-19 caused in the world has little to do with money. Not seeing the faces of those we love and walking around with half ours covered has caused sorrow and emphasized the importance of our relationships.
While money may ease stress and provide a nice meal, it will never be the direct cause of happiness. The relationships and connections we have with others move us forward and put a spring into our step. The money we work for gives us opportunities to be with those we love, but if we rely on money to fill the holes in our life, we will never obtain true happiness.
So as more people are able to get jobs and become less stressed about their money, remember to spend time with family, friends and co-workers. Remember to focus on and cherish these relationships, for these are the people that will fulfill the happiness we seek.
Abigail J. Rowe