How to Feel Rich When You're Not

Posted on 05/11/2011

Sir Richard Francis Burton once said, “Broke is a temporary condition, poor is a state of mind.” So while you may not be bathing in a solid gold tub or using ten dollar bills as campfire kindling, you don’t have to feel poor. Here are a few easy ways to feel rich, even when you’re not.

Help Others - It doesn’t matter how much you have in your bank account there is still someone worse off than you. Spend some time helping others to appreciate what you truly have. Feel too busy to volunteer? Check out, where you can do microvolunteering online when you have a few free minutes.

Connect with Your Friends - If you’ve got friends and family that love you, you’re rich—no matter what your bank account statement says. Feel the wealth by connecting with your friends. If they live far away try out a free service like Fring. It lets you make group video calls for free.

Order an Appetizer - It’s easy to rack up a big bill at a fancy restaurant. But there are also simple ways to enjoy the atmosphere and experience without spending a fortune. Go to a nice restaurant and sit at the bar. You’ll feel less obligated to spend if you’re not taking up a table in the dining room. Order an appetizer or a dessert and split it with your date. You’ll have all the fun without the expense (or the extra calories).

Hang Out in a Fancy Neighborhood - Although I live in a modest home, some of the most beautiful mansions I’ve ever seen are a few blocks away. Of course this is a favorite running destination of mine. Go for a jog or take your dog for a walk through a fancy neighborhood and enjoy the lovely scenery without the hefty mortgage.

Read the Books Rich People Read - Most wealthy people probably couldn’t list off the names of the Real Housewives. That’s because they’re busy reading books. Check out this article in Forbes to find some suggested reading material that will help you read like a rich person even if you’re not quite there yet.

By Alison Storm

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