You just want your teen to be happy right??
And you’ve got a pretty clear idea of what they should do with their lives in order to be happy… right??
The job, the relationships, the house, the lifestyle etc….
At the moment they seem to be making all the wrong choices…
And it’s a scary world out there… it can be really hard to be happy without enough money or without fulfilling work….
But ultimately it’s not these external things that bring happiness…
When you think about “searching for happiness” your mind and energy immediately goes to the future… and to objects, situations, and events outside of yourself…. you’re “searching” for something “out there”….
“Money doesn’t make you happy.”
“Money is the root of all evil.”
“Poverty is a noble spiritual path.”
And on and on it goes…
What beliefs do you have around money? Where did they come from? Your parents? Society? Economics?
When I first went to university I studied Commerce with the goal of being an investment banker (I was good at maths and I wanted to earn lots of money).
I then learnt about economics and the finance system and the mantra that got drilled in us was “the only important thing is increasing shareholder value”.