Why Does Our Net Worth Impact Our Self Worth?

Can Money Buy Happiness?

The keys to happiness are meaningful relationships and a balanced lifestyle. Money can absolutely help you achieve those ends. But when wealth becomes the end in and of itself (often alongside power), it tends to bring mental health issues with it.

What Exactly is Self-Worth?

In an ideal world, your self-worth is an internal voice telling you that you are a valuable human being, worthy of love, without any reference to external forces. But it isn’t easy cultivating this kind of healthy self-esteem particularly if you have had a challenging childhood. For many it is a lifelong journey.

How to Build Self-Esteem from the Inside Out:

1. Step Off the Hedonic Treadmill

The hedonic treadmill refers to the human tendency to adapt to our situation whether it is good or bad. For example, you might experience periods of increased happiness due to a new relationship or financial success, but it is short lived. Eventually, your brain adapts to this new normal and you become restless for the next rung on the ladder.

2. Do the Work

If you want to stop your self-worth being so dependent on your successes, you need to work out who you are without them and what you want from life. Take a moment to ask yourself these questions:

3. Forgive yourself

When we struggle with low self-esteem or self-worth, we are often extra-critical of ourselves. As a result, whenever we feel any of the normal negative emotions (anger, sadness, disappointment and so on) we can feel worse about ourselves, as that inner critic punishes us for failing to be perfect.

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