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Ignoring Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
Turns Out, You Can Buy Happiness

Ways to use cash to increase your life satisfaction include giving it away, taking relaxing vacations, or doing things you always wanted to do.
A few weeks ago, I put the link to the left on my homepage, taking you to an article about buying happiness. One of the ways was buying time:
"The best way money increases happiness is when it buys you time. This can take a number of forms: decreasing your commute by moving closer to work, hiring someone to help around the house or hiring an assistant to clear your plate of the mundane tasks that end up robbing you of precious time. If you have extra income, using it to free up more leisure time can have the most significant impact on your well-being."
I've been thinking a lot about that article, I think the author was on the right track when he included "time" on the list. The other items involved buying things, taking trips, doing things that bring you satisfaction, but "time", if it can be bought, would be the most precious.

I'll be 70 in December, and reflecting back, I think I could have done a better job of handling time if I'd had money. Not so much to move closer to work, or hiring work done around the house, as the author mentions, but if I'd had money, I wouldn't have spent years constantly wishing time would go faster.

Why would anyone want time to go faster? Well, when I was raising a family without a bulging bank account, about 5 days after payday I would start wishing it was payday again. Looking back, I realize that was pretty-much a regular event for years, I was constantly trying to shove time forward. With money, maybe I could have slowed things down a little and enjoy the day I happened to be on, putting off tomorrow as long as possible.

Would it have really worked that way? I'd like to think so, but I'm guessing a reader who aged with money will blow this theory right out of the water.

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