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This blog post was inspired by the writings of N.N. Taleb.

There is more to life than just having money. The real wealth comes from the freedom that money can buy. Time is the most valuable currency and it only depreciates. Health and energy to enjoy life are our greatest wealth. Without or health what is the point of anything?

Here are 12 things that are the kind of wealth that are too many times overlooked in our busy world.

  1. A good night’s sleep.
  2. A clear conscious.
  3. Reciprocal gratitude.
  4. Absence of envy.
  5. A good appetite.
  6. A strong and healthy body.
  7. Physical energy.
  8. Frequent laughter.
  9. Good meals with friends and family.
  10. Some physical work and labor.
  11. Staying out of meeting rooms.
  12. Good unexpected surprises.

Many of these things result in subtraction being used as a way of improving your life; instead of concentrating on what you have and do, the focus turns to what you remove or avoid. Removing bad situations, relationships, and things out of your life, and removing/avoiding bad habits in the first place can be the most simple path to happiness.

Many times in life, peace, love, and happiness are the greatest wealth.

“True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment.” – Marvin J. Ashton