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People Who Are Truly Happy

06 July 2017

By Francisco J. Colayco

In relation to money, how happy are people?

Will fame and fortune make them happy?  Definitely, there are rich and famous people who are happy.  It is unlikely though that it is only the fortune part of the fame that is making them happy.  In fact, in many cases, the “riches” part is what causes them headaches and heartaches.  They begin to wonder if they are really famous for what they really are or only because they have a lot of money.  Money can give them a lot of power because people will be afraid not to follow their wishes.  They can be very generous with gifts because money is no object to them.  But in the final analysis, do they respect themselves enough so that they believe that other people respect them for what they are?

But, it is always better to have money than no money even for those who are famous. Being famous, they are approached by many for help. They surely want to help and will be very frustrated if they cannot help.  The solution is always to make sure that they make enough money so that they can share with the needy and pursue other goals that will truly make them happy.

Do people worry less when they have lots of money?

Unfortunately… NO!  

Actually, I would think that those with too much money worry as much, if not more, than those without money.  Those without money worry about the basic necessities.  But at the same time, their needs are much simpler.  Thus, they can solve their basic problems quicker.  For example, beggars are happy to have food and shelter.  They worry about where to get those and perhaps hope that somehow they will find kind benefactors.  To be sure, no one wants to be a beggar.  Those who are, most often, are victims of “syndicates” or are mental cases.  A few perhaps are just plain lazy and without any self respect that they don’t mind making their “living” through begging.

Having lots of money also brings a lot of responsibility.  In the bible, Matthew 13:12 “Whoever has, will be given more…”  This passage precisely means that.  A lot more work is expected from the people who have more in life. Lots of money is definitely a commodity that is not available to all people. Those who have it cannot be selfish.  Otherwise, they will answer for their selfishness in another life.

For those who are blessed with money, the solution to worrying less is for them to use their riches for the good of all, especially those who need it more. Thinking more of the needs of others removes the focus from oneself.  Thinking less of oneself will certainly reduce all other needs.  After all :  “The richest is not the person who has the most but the person who needs the least.”

Francisco J. Colayco is an entrepreneur, a venture developer and financial advisor.  He is the Author of Seven Bestsellers in the Pera Palaguin Series, the latest of which is now available in bookstores:  “Wealth Reached. Money Worked. Pera Mo, Pinalago Mo!” Find his works and catch him on TV and radio.  Check out:,,, FaceBook and Instagram.
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