As the saying goes, the best things in life are free. There are certain things in life where currency has no value, such as friends, family, and good memories. A priceless asset is something no amount of money could ever buy but that is probably valued more than any material item you own.
From happiness to honesty, these are some of life’s best treasures that cost nothing at all.
12. Love & Care
Alright, argue with me that you’d hire a caretaker that would attend you every second and you my dear will be caught in your own argument. Will the caretaker give up on their own life needs for yours? Would they care beyond the dollars they’ve been paid for. They’d heal your physical health maybe, but would they harvest the care and pampering your mom can without a penny. Infact, if you turn penniless all at once- would there still be the caretakers care? Save up on people who’d rather stick with you than money. You’ll need them more often. Don’t want to take the advice? Great. Pass them on – you didn’t deserve them anyway.
11. Doesn’t happen to everyone: Loyalty
So now get some time and look through those stashes of newspapers and discover how the richest had to deal with infidelity. The closest money can buy loyalty is to buy a pet, pets are more loyal than humans. Employees chose you for the salary not for you: Rings the bell? If the life partner chose you for the money, well then you know what. Tell me now if you’ve got arguments to make.
10. A 25 hour day
Well, aren’t you a genius? You guessed it was time. See you know it too. That Rolex watch won’t change how time’s working for you. It won’t buy you more time too. You’ll have to adjust in the cramped space of 24 hours a day. It’s neither a time machine that would take you in the past and undo the bad experiences, neither the future to prepare for the trauma. If we have the money, shouldn’t we rather spend it then on making time for other better, maybe you’d buy a smile that ways and make the best of your money.
9. Health- not on medicines
You might be wealthy and wise but in the process you drop the healthy out of your system. You’d pay bills of millions to get the best medical treatments around but face the truth: it’s making you live now by reducing years from your lives later. Ask an honest doctor and he’d let you know how many patients die every year due to side effects of medicines. Well, maybe then you want that destined for yourself too.
8. Experience – that which gives Knowledge
You might have got a degree from one of the costliest institutes in world but the sky soaring fees you have paid doesn’t ensure to widen up your knowledge or provide you experience about many worldly matters. A colleague with less fortune can still be more wise and experienced than you, which will advantage him to grow ahead in his career where your fancy degree or your money won’t work. For knowledge, wisdom and experience cannot be bought but just acquired with time and effort.
7. Big or Small, dreams and Dreams after all
For many earning truck load of money is their dream but hello people! Here we are talking about your passions and interests. What you always wanted to become after growing up? A pilot, a musician, a doctor or maybe a wildlife photographer, it can be anything that you have dreamt about. You work hard day and night, against all the odds and once you get there, the thrill and the satisfaction you get after seeing those dreams getting fulfilled cannot be matched with a huge pay-check.
You might have spent a fortune on your Nikon DSLR but does it buy the memories? You can buy the photographs too maybe but would you ever be able to buy the moments you missed or memories you didn’t keep? Would you get to live again your dad’s 50th birthday or your child’s first annual school function? If you’ve missed it, no amount of money in the world can bring it back for you. So cherish memories, don’t just click them.
5. Family and Friends
Our family plays a paramount role in our growth as a person and making us reach at the stage wherever we are. Where a happy family has a healthy and positive influence on each of its members, a cold and detached family is what nobody likes to have. And even if you earn lots and lots of money you can never buy the closeness and the intimacy which is supposed to be there among the family members. For it grows only on spending time together and sharing significant as well as trivial things with each other.
4. Inner Peace and Content
You’ll need money to pay for those Yoga and meditation classes to secure inner peace and contentment but why such emotional upheaval for the need of those? Oh no, I am not against a healthy lifestyle or meditating just that I am not supportive of the fact that people would rather take classes only for a peaceful inner self? Let me burst your bubble, money won’t buy you those. A sense of security and a heart full of love will.
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3. Happiness- The real pot full of gold
Happiness might have been reduced to a series of ‘Happiness is’ posts on Facebook but most of what it says ‘happiness is’ isn’t happiness. Happiness is not monetary neither momentary, happiness is a state and not an expression. You smile doesn’t mean you’re happy or all those quotes will have to washed down with water. Happiness is being satisfied, content and in a state of joy and that no money can buy. Sadly, not even the Versace wedding gown you’ve finally convinced dad for.
2. World Peace and Freedom from oppression
What’s the entire world’s money actually worth when it can’t buy world peace? Can money evade the wars? Can money bring back those who died in Gaza? Can money free people of the world from oppression? Had money a role to play in freeing slaves from their masters? If the answer of even one of those questions is yes, I’d rather ignore all that money can’t buy if only money bought international peace and happiness. But sadly it doesn’t and there I rest my case.
1. Love worth giving your arms for
Money might buy you lovers but money can’t buy you love. Now don’t get confused with lovers and love, you might get people who’d claim to love you for your money but if the money goes, they go to. If someone with more money arrives, they’d still go. Did money buy you love? Money bought you people who deceived you, money bought you looks and money bought you those who’d never know the meaning of love. If you know the difference between making love and loving you’d know the difference.
Avoid the romanticism and go on a quest for love in any form. Money would never buy that for you. So maybe now we should do away with the greed for millions of dollars and get the priceless things which money cannot buy at all.