Financial Literacy as a growing source of Happiness

When I started thinking on this, I believed that the definition of happiness is free of unhappiness. Now let’s think on the conditions which could make us unhappy or stressful or anxious. Think of your day from Start to End– what are the areas where you feel happiness is fading away? Let me say! It might be your favourite food on the menu list; but a lesser zero in your money wallet; and it might be your dream car selling on huge discount; but you have left limited savings; and it might be the family emergency; but no fixed deposits. This is very limited example- perhaps, there are many areas where we feel dire shortage of money. What we do in such situations? Do we feel stressed out? Do we feel anxious? Do we feel like our stars are not right? Do we feel hesitate to shout help? If yes, then shall we consider it the reason for our unhappiness? If you think what I am writing here makes sense, then go on reading further, you may discover some tips to check on your happiness.

To know what could be the cause of our unhappiness, let’s check on its reason. Well! Lack of financial management is one of the strongest reason a person could feel unhappy. To define Financial Literacy, it is the basic understanding of finance management, earning checks, budgeting, savings, investments, financial stability, development, and inclusion. Although it sounds quite technical, it takes just your interest to know all this. One may say; they have got enough earnings and they are particularly not interested to put their hard earnings for the cause of future unpredictability’s. One could also say that when they try focusing on the earnings, the future liabilities would automatically be taken care of.

In all these, I would just ask you a simple question, ‘Is it wrong to secure your future?’ Even if you agree that nothing wrong could occur to you, you are not sure about the wrong things happening to others or your close relatives and friends. In such scenarios, don’t you feel to have burden of responsibility to super secure your future as well of people around you. If you feel I am not talking insane, you could go on reading further. The reason is I could be at wrong to understand the rare conditions. However, I am suitably right for the universally growing needs which people are facing today.

The basic argument is problem couldn’t be ignored just because one half of society is easily managing their life with their stable income. Here we have to consider the other halves too, which feels the need for immediate help. Thus, redefining happiness would be to check the cause of your unhappiness as well as the unhappiness of others. And so, I covered the reason for unhappiness, the problems of future happiness, and the present responsibility to secure happiness of yourself as well as others. In terms of relationship management, we could make our constant efforts to keep the network strong but in the case of money management, we need to use our wit to act smartly to deal with the unknown factors.

To summarise, Financial literacy is a serious subject of study. It is because one should have an appropriate understanding of their finances and their effective use. It is clear that we are earning not just to survive but to discover our potentialities and give it a truer meaning. Therefore, financial literacy is the source which generate an abundance meaning to your cause of earning which in sense assist you in managing the reason for your unhappiness.

Thus, read magazines, watch news, observe videos- make all kinds of efforts to understand your financial system and keep updating it with the growing trends.
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Sartre-Concept of Freedom

Everyone make choices consciously or unconsciously. Man enjoys freedom through the choices he make in his life. Man is nothing else than what he makes of himself. We aren’t being-in-itself, we aren’t fixed but, we are being-for-itself and absolutely free.

Sartre has put a lots of effort in describing freedom. He said, ‘Man is condemned to be free.’ This existentialist view of individual freedom and the succeeding choice is described by elucidating the theory of ‘being-in-itself’ & ‘being-for-others’. For the extremists of freedom, he has also put forward the need of Responsibility. Freedom is a challenge in itself. And so, with freedom comes responsibility. Freedom is the existence of human, humans do not have inherent essence but they have inherent freedom. Freedom is innate, one cannot avoid this. There may be possibilities of external limitations of freedom(explained later), but internally we could always feel to be free.

For Sartre, freedom has no source. It has originated from itself. The being-in-itself reflects the independent nature of freedom. The freedom of human being lies in the choices he make, and the choices are absolute. The way a person looks after his past life and hope for future is determined by his choices.

Concept of Being, Being-in-itself, Being- for-itself

The problem of being was started by Heidegger. And this problem of Being is most important phenomenological problem. According to Sartre, being is a ground upon which object reveals itself. Being is existence. He says consciousness comes to man through its existence. Hence, Existence precedes essence.

Being-in-itself is an objects which are just there. Example- chair, table, fan, etc. They are fixed. They are neither active nor passive. They may or may not have consciousness. They don’t have choice and freedom. Also, they aren’t aware of their self.

Being-for-itself knows itself completely but still it’s incomplete. It is flexible, moving and dynamic. It is derived from nothingness. It describes humans consciousness. In this, man describes its own essences by the choices he make. Irrespective of the past and facticity (facts describing a person) humans can decide their future. Indeed, certain facts can’t be changed but future is always in our hands. The Question of ‘Who am I?’ is also hidden in the choices a humans make. By the choices, a human can make itself completely. The choices of human is its lived experiences.

Sartre says the quality of being-in-itself and being-for-itself is combined in human beings. Being-in-itself is human body, the physicality, the destructible parts. And Being-for-itself is consciousness. Being-for-itself has more importance than being-in-itself.

The Nature of consciousness

Sartre got inspired by Husserl in defining consciousness. According to him, the consciousness should always be about something. It is always independent of an object.

Choice is freedom

Everyone make choices consciously or unconsciously. Man enjoys freedom through the choices he make in his life. Man is nothing else than what he makes of himself. We aren’t being-in-itself, we aren’t fixed but, we are being-for-itself and absolutely free.

Misconceptions of freedom

The biggest misconceptions is Man is free to do anything. But this couldn’t be taken negatively. It is because Sartre talks about authentic choices. He says it doesn’t matter what we do, but how we do. The authentic life is to accept the inescapability of freedom and accept the responsibility attached to it.

Surrendering of freedom

When there is a conflict between responsibility and the choices to make, then we often have to surrender our freedom and follow up with the responsibility. While facing conflicts, we have to analyze the consequences well and take decisions accordingly.

There may be many more points which Sartre has explained in his concepts of freedom. But, I tried my best to cover the most important and relevant points for studies & considerations. Any recommendations to reproduce this article in a best way is acceptable. Kindly make effort to analyse the concepts by own and continue making choices to live your freedom.

Release Burden of Responsibility

How often you feel like running away from all the responsibilities? You may say a multiple of times. Are there any solutions? No, we do have to obey our responsibilities.  We must follow our routines wisely and avoid missing any responsibilities. A responsibility defines our individuality. If we aren’t responsible, it’s like threatening our very own individuality.

Responsibility as a duty

Responsibility is an obligation to perform a task. The performances of tasks may be specified under some time frames.  Students are responsible for the preparation of their exams, professionals are responsible to achieve the target of business, defence officers are responsible for the security of Nation, and we are responsible for our health. See, responsibilities are there at every corner. Therefore, there is no scope to run away from responsibilities. We have to perform it as our duty.

Responsibility as a choice

It’s clear that responsibilities are to be performed as a duty. Everyone is dependent on one another in terms of responsibilities. You finish being responsible for others, and the other person would do the same. So, this whole world depends on one other. And if one person isn’t committed to responsibilities well, then it may harm another person. So, responsibility is a part of one’s life and we should complete those parts well. When we are routinely following responsibilities then it might be possible that it becomes a burden for us. We may feel bored by following same kinds of responsibility.

Here, I will tell you the best method to avoid calling responsibility as a burden.

When responsibility becomes a burden, then our life could be in trouble. We may not feel like doing some tasks, but we keep on doing because it’s our responsibilities. Responsibility should not become a barrier to our interests. Once we understand that responsibilities are not meant to scare us, but should give us pleasurable feeling. Then, we start liking whatever we do. We should choose our responsibilities well. Because when we have our favourite responsibilities with us, one of our own choice, then it is likely to happen that we will be out of the burden of responsibilities. To learn personal responsibility and understand how it could release burden, you could follow this article. Is Responsibility Scary?

Responsibility & Creativity

Dietrich Bonhoffer (1906 ~ 1945) wrote, “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”

Just try to be creative in the choices you make. Choose your lifestyles, education, career, partner so well that you may not feel obliged to perform the responsibilities. You must feel happy & delighted in performing your tasks. This may occur when you are a creative soul and kindle the light of your happiness in a manner of doing things differently. “Being creative is doing thing differently.”

Responsibility & freedom

So, you know responsibilities are important. But, if you haven’t understand till now then imagine your life free from any responsibility. Yes, you must be thinking about how wonderful life would be with no responsibilities.

But, I will show you the real world with no responsibilities. It would be a terror like situations all around as people would do whatever seems right. There would be no securities and it would be a great danger to our lives. You would need to stay alert 24/7. The food sectors would not be serious about producing food, and you may struggle to find your own food. There would not be any weather forecasting, and you may turn into a victim any-time. No doubt, there would be so much of pressures from all corners. You may be terrorized all the time. With no responsibilities, you may feel alright sometimes. But, “NO RESPONSIBILITY” could actually make your life havoc.

Try to understand the value of responsibilities, and choose your nicely. And so, you may not feel burden under the pressure of managing your “so many” responsibilities of life.

Conclusively, responsibility could either make you or break you, you are supposed to choose the best of responsibilities to live your life in a happy and positive way.

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