Time Affluence

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In Happier, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar tells us:

Psychologist Tim Kasser shows in his research that time affluence is a consistent predictor of well-being, whereas material affluence is not. Time affluence is the feeling that one has sufficient time to pursue activities that are personally meaningful, to reflect, to engage in leisure. Time poverty is the feeling that one is constantly stressed, rushed, overworked, behind. All we need to do is look around us—and often within ourselves—to realize the pervasiveness of time poverty in our culture.”

Remember: “time affluence is a consistent predictor of well-being, whereas material affluence is not”. If you can use money to buy time that is a good investment.

Maybe you outsource cleaning the inside of your home or lawn maintenance. Maybe you buy something like a piece of gym equipment that saves you the time of driving to the gym. Maybe you use a grocery delivery pickup or drop-off service to save time.

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Time Affluence
Episode 14