How to Have the Most Fun with Money

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But when you have a lot of money, the truth is there’s only so much stuff you can buy. You can accumulate a lot of things and, sure, that’s fun for a while. But buying up a bunch of stuff doesn’t make you a more fulfilled person.

However. . . being generous does.

What would it look like if you could be crazy generous? Would you buy groceries for your elderly neighbors once a month? Send a struggling family on a Disney vacation? Leave hundred-dollar tips wherever you go? How fun would that be?!

Giving is truly the most fun you’ll ever have with money. In this episode, I’ll tell you why.

 

THE SECRET TO A HAPPIER LIFE

Did you know the key to lasting happiness isn’t your dream career, annual vacations or wealth accumulation? If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or unfulfilled in your life at the moment, you have got to give.

When you give, it brings you joy and moves you. It moves you from being selfish to selfless. It gives you a perspective you wouldn’t have otherwise.

You guys, this is like a hack to being a better person! Because the more you give, the easier it becomes, and I promise you, the more you’ll want to do it. And the more you do it, the happier (and even healthier) you’ll be.

Research actually backs this up! I read this in an article from Time magazine:

Studies have shown that older people who are generous tend to have better health, says [Philippe] Tobler [associate professor of neuroeconomics and social neuroscience], and other research has indicated that spending money on others can be as effective at lowering blood pressure as medication or exercise. “Moreover, there is a positive association between helping others and life expectancy,” he adds, “perhaps because helping others reduces stress.” (1)

You guys—being a generous person actually helps you live longer! I rest my case.

 

5 WAYS TO PRACTICE GIVING WITH YOUR FAMILY

You may be wondering how you can be a more generous person today or how you can help your kids understand and appreciate the concept of giving. Well, you’re in luck!

Here are some super simple acts of generosity the whole family can do together:

  1. Sponsor a family for the holidays.
  2. Send Christmas cards to people in the military.
  3. Leave an encouraging note (and maybe a $5 gift card) on a stranger’s car.
  4. Deliver sugar-free cookies to a nursing home.
  5. Take your kids to a dollar store to pick out a present for their sibling.

I’ve got five more ideas of ways you can give in this episode—plus, one way my dad taught me to give that made a major impact on my life. If you have a story of giving you’d like to share, you can do that over on my community Facebook page!

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HOW ONE COUPLE PUSHED THROUGH AND IS GIVING BACK

“We suddenly didn’t know where our next income would come from.”

When Mike and Cindy’s business went under, they lost almost everything. That’s what caused them to try my proven plan to take control of their money: Financial Peace University.

Financial Peace University worked for Mike and Cindy—so much so that they decided to give back by becoming FPU coordinators. Now they teach people every week how to put a plan behind their finances and stop worrying about money for good. Check out their whole story in this episode.

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GIVE A LITTLE TILL YOU CAN GIVE A LOT (WITH AMY BROWN)

I’m so excited about another guest I have on today, Amy Brown from the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show! If you know Amy from that show, you know she’s fun, passionate and hilarious. And during my conversation with her, we take a deeper dive into a cause close to her heart.

Amy is sure to inspire you. If you have an idea to do good, do it! Her story is proof that God uses all things—even the hard, ugly things—for His good (Romans 8:28).

Her idea started small: to create a simple stocking cap in honor of her mom’s battle with cancer. She and her friends wanted to sell them and send the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fast forward a couple years, and today her charity, Pimpin’ Joy, has raised over $2 million for St. Jude and many other charities and causes. I can’t wait for you to get to know Amy and what she’s all about.

I am so thankful for you guys tuning in during this busy holiday season. Have a great week, and don’t forget to take control of your money and create a life you love!

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