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31 Quotes To Inspire You To Live For Meaning Instead Of Money

31 Quotes To Inspire You To Live For Meaning Instead Of Money

Is money everything that you need to make you happy? This young generation, more famously known as the Generation Y, thinks not. These teenagers and young adults prioritizes better work-life balance and flexible working rather than earning heaps of money. According to The Guardian, they don’t live for work, rather, they work to live.

This isn’t only about Generation Y. Happiness comes from things that are really not about money, but that which comes from within yourself.

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There is a new book that gives away 12 secrets of being happy, and shows how to look on the bright side of your life. As you go along reading this research, here is a list of 31 quotes just to inspire you to live for meaning instead of money. Maybe one day you might think of changing your mind of chasing money, rather, assemble your courage, and chase your dream!

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1. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. . . Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful. . . that’s what matters to me.” –  Steve Jobs

2. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” –  Kevin Kruse

3. “Strive not be a success, but rather to be of value.” –  Albert Einstein

4. “No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Maya Angelou

5. “Don’t trade away your happiness now to earn money in hopes that if you make enough you’ll be able to buy it back later. You can’t.” – Unknown

6. “You are more than what you do. Your title should not confine you, and your job does not define you.” – Unknown

7. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Ancient Indian Proverb

8. “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

9. “A real woman is not impressed by money because she knows her love is priceless.” – Unknown

10. “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown

11. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”  – Abigail Van Buren

12. “Today be thankful, and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth.” – Unknown

13. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.” – Jesse Owens

14. “You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.” – Stephen Covey

15. “Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small, but meaningful accomplishments.” – Bryant H. McGill

16. “It’s so easy today to get swept up in celebrity fixation and materialism, and searching for some validation outside of yourself, when we know it’s really found within, and through meaningful connections with other people.” – Geoffrey S. Fletcher

17. “There are other ways of finding satisfaction, recipes for human happiness, enjoyment, dignified and meaningful, gratifying life, than increased consumption that increases production.” – Zygmunt Bauman

18. “Look everywhere you can to cut a little bit from your expenses. It will all add up to a meaningful sum.”  – Suze Orman

19. “Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe, and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

20. “The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people.” – Louise Brown

21. “Don’t go broke trying to look rich. Act your wage.” – Unknown

22. “The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms.” – Chris Brogan

23. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

24. “Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.” – Unknown

25. “Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

26. “Never spend your money before you have it.” – Thomas Jefferson

27. “Materialism won’t make you happier. It will just keep frustrated to make sure you’ll buy more.” – Jean Sebastian Monzani

28. “Money is numbers, and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Robert Nesta Marley

29.”Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

30. “No amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family.” – Unknown

31. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”  – Mark Twain

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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