Last week, I mentioned that I was reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. If you’re interested in buying it, I’ve added a link to it and to the journal version of the book from Amazon to the left of the page.
Anyway, one of the things that really made sense to me after I read it was a chapter she wrote about money and it’s influence on happiness. She talks about the usual ways to make yourself happy in spending by doing things like “indulging in a modest splurge”, i.e. treating yourself. I already do that one a little too often (oops!).
What I really took away from this chapter was a section she wrote about “spending out” meaning actually making use of the things you have. For example, how often do you receive gifts of beautiful, luxurious body products that you save and don’t want to use up? Or those fancy napkins you bought but never use? It’s just as wasteful to have those things, to have spent the money on them (or someone else’s money) and have them sit for years unused, waiting for some special time that may or may not come.
I am so guilty of this! But after reading this part of the book, it really made sense to me. What the hell am I waiting for? So today when I got in the shower, I used some amazing grapefruit body wash that I was given as a gift LAST CHRISTMAS!! I mean, it’s been sitting on my dresser for almost a whole year!! I looked at it often and thought, “Oh I’ll use that when I have somewhere special to go!” But I just never did. And it’s not that nothing special happened at all this year either. I fact, there were plenty of special events. I was just too scared to use it all up then today I realized that the person who bought me this gift wanted me to use it and to enjoy it! So I grabbed the bottle off my dresser and jumped in the shower and man was it worth it!! It smelled sooooooo good, the lather was soooooo nice and my skin felt sooooooo soft!! I got out of the shower smelling like a giant juicy grapefruit and I felt pretty damn happy about it actually! Kinda made me feel like a million bucks!
I guess the point I’m trying to make here, and the one she makes in the book, is that we should actually use those nice, pretty things that we buy for ourselves or are given instead of waiting for a moment that may never come. She tells a personal story about her grandmother’s perfume that she said she was “saving”. She had it for years and years and never used it. When she passed away, Gretchen took that perfume home with her and kept it in her office to remind herself to “spend out”.
Do you struggle with this too? Or are you the type of person who never saves things for a rainy day? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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