What if I tell you if there's actually a place out there in the world where the greatest possession they ever have in their house is only cooking utensils, a wooden bench, and a few stools (without cushions, that is); and still they all literate, have a low birth rate, and a high life expectancy?
Just in case you didn't know, this 3 factors (literacy, birth rate & life expectancy) are the main accounted factors to measure an index call PQLI, for "Physical Quality of Life Index,"; and if an area/ city/ country reach a high score in this index, means that the people in that particular area are basically living a good life. And this place, scores 82 out of 100. :)
But how can you even considered to be "living a good life", when you only makes US$ 298 - US$ 350 a year?
Strange but true, and this is exactly what's happening in Kerala, India.
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Anyway, whatever happens behind this beautiful anomaly, it surely proves that you don't have to be rich to live a good life, and therefore, be happy.
In this highly materialistic & capital worshiping world we're living in, money is, apparently, everything. Or so it what most people believe.
By earning more, people tends to consume more; in the hope of having a "better life". (see diagram below)
But did you know, from study conducted some years ago by Charles Hall, a Syracuse professor; shows that every American dollar or its equivalent spent anywhere on earth triggered a series of events that, on average, consumed half a liter of petroleum.
I'm not actually suggesting you to buy nothing (but it would be great :) ), but at least, consume more responsibly.
So in the end, as it was already performed by the Keralians, you don't have to worry about being a sad loser without your stacks of money. Happiness is all in your mind, and by consuming less and living lightly on Earth, you will also be happy :)