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How To Be Happy : Give Everything Away

Updated on October 24, 2016

Karl Rabeder, the happy man.

Have you heard of Karl Rabeder?

Ever wonder what you would do if you have millions of dollars? The first thing that comes to mind is that you will definitely be very, very happy. I will. The second thing I would think of, or rather not have to worry anymore, is that I am now 100% financially secured, and most of my problems will no longer be problems. It is definitely logical to want to be rich. I still believe, with money I can overcome a lot of my fears and problems. But that elusive feeling, "happiness," is something that is more than money can buy.

Karl Rabeder knows he cannot buy "happiness", so he is "throwing" all his money away. Literally by the millions! Have you heard of this person? He is an Austrian tycoon, aged 47, a businessman who made his millions in interior furnishings and accessories. He is not going to keep a cent of it. Everything must go in order that he will have real happiness. You know what he said? "My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing. Money is counterproductive - it prevents happiness."

I suppose you need to be in his position to really understand and appreciate what he is talking about. Although I can bet with my 2 cents that most tycoons will certainly not agree with him. But then are they as happy as Karl?

You can go to the link below to read his full story. I like the last part best. After "enjoying" himself in Hawaii with the best of everything he commented, " The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important and nobody was real." That was the last straw that broke his wallet. He decided to empty it all!

Can you do it? I don't think I can. Maybe I will still keep a million for rainy days!! And still be happy!! Hahahahaha!!!!

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      Justin Choo 7 years ago from Malaysia


      Thank you for visiting. You are right about Buddhist monks, genuine ones I mean! You see, I am a Buddhist and I answer Buddhist questions in another site.

      After this I shall be reading your link.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Happiness comes from within - ask a Buddist monk or mystic - they have nothing. Everything you obtain is a burden - it requires responsibility.

      I think Karl was frustrated with the superficial nature of relationships - people only saying what they thought he wanted to hear because he had what they wanted - money!

      Quality relationships are based on genuinity - if no one is genuine, then the world you live in is false... how would you like it when someone tells you they love you just because they want your money?

      I wrote a hub on 'stuff' and how burdensome it is. It is worth a look at. It is focused on Christmas, but it puts the message across about 'stuff' better than in a comment section.

      I loved your hub and your honesty!

      Shaz x