Now, having a new car or moving into your dream home is not an option. Flying to the Caribbean or soaking on the sun in Hawaii is very unlikely to happen.
Nobody really knows where the economy is going or how our future will look like.There was the G20 Summit couple moths ago in Brazil, where 20 of the world's largest economies gathered to come up with the solution to solve the world financial crisis. So, what is the solution? They do not really know.The world's best financial experts don't know how to fix this.
But, there is an advantage of situations like this even if it's very difficult to acknowledge that.
People are more focused on REAL VALUES. People pay more attention to families, friends and loved ones. They spend more time taking care of each other than ever before. Their focus is on helping others who are in need.
People are trying to be happy with whatever they have. And, that is very important.
When you can not afford to dine-out you will start cooking to save money.You start cooking your daughter's favorite dish and you will see her smile after dinner, because that is what she was missing. Quality time with the family. Embrace that feeling and enjoy it.
Your focus has changed direction. You have more time to spend with yourself, your family and friends. Most of us having the same difficulties and that feeling can ease up the tension, knowing that you are not alone.
I can not emphasize enough the importance of the real values. You, your family and your friends.
Whatever happens in your life is not as important as your approach toward that particular event. You make the decision to feel good, energized and awesome or dwell on your misery and don't do a thing to live a happier and more prosperous life you all deserve. Focus on the real values and build your self-esteem.
1. Make a list of things you have always liked to do. Make a list of things your children and spouse always liked to do and do it together.
2. Take long walks alone or with your loved ones. It doesn't cost you anything, but it's an interesting self-discovery and a wonderful way to explore others. During the walk ask questions. Try to figure out the other person's interests, hobbies and their inner values. Do these hobbies together if you can.
3. Reach out to others with kind words and a positive approach toward life.
4. Play board games with others.
5. Call a friend randomly and ask her or him about their hobbies.
6. Go out, watch the sunset and make a wish. Do that with your spouse or your children.
7. Spend more time with people under age 6 and over age 70. It's truly an amazing experience. The honesty, playfulness and creativity of young children will touch your heart. I can guarantee that. The eternal wisdom of the elderly will take you different places. You start wondering: " We all knew how to enjoy life when we were young. We have found that feeling again after we retired. So, why don't we just do the same thing in between?"
8. Learn something new. Read a book or listen to music. There is so much you can do.
These are just very few examples of what you can do to have some fun during even these difficult times. People are always more important than any assets you own. Own the feeling of being happy, positive and you will become the richest person on this planet with your most valuable "assets" inside.