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How To Live In A World Of Paradise Without Spending A Fortune

Updated on August 12, 2013

Having Lots Of Money Is Great But Not Always Necessary


Does Being Rich Create Happiness ?

Everyone in the world wants to be rich and have so much money they don't know what to do with it, but is this really necessary to be happy?

I know many people that are well off and some that are millionaires and they are the most miserable people. You know, you can only buy some many material things in life. Sure these people always want bigger and better material things and that is great and I am very happy for them that they are in the position to do this, but as I said they really are not the happiest people at all and they would be the first to tell you.

I can tell you how to live in a world of paradise without spending a fortune just by my own experiences.

There was a time that I had money, not a fortune, and not millions, but it was enough to buy what ever I wanted. I bought and bought until I said, "what is all this material things I am buying? I am not happy even though I have all of this. Cars, boats and all the play toys every guy wants and has, but there was one thing missing and that is happiness, true happiness and not happiness made by having the finest and biggest thing in life.

Sure, in the beginning when you first purchase something you are thrilled to death with your new purchase, but it gets old over time I can assure you. They are only material things that really mean nothing.

Living simple, happy, having good health and debt free is paradise to me. These things have it all over material thing any time of the day.


I recently sold my home and downsized to something over half the size with no storage, no huge garage, no finished basement and the best of all no mortgage. That is paradise to me and not a worry in the world now. No phone bill collectors calling hounding for their past due payments and just living the simple life. These is no better feeling that being free from all debt.

I figured why be house poor and beat myself up over something that can be fixed with a little planing and sacrificing to downsize. No big deal when the outcome is awesome.

I now live six minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and a mile from the open bay. I have the same access to both of these as the people near by that have paid millions for the same access. The difference is that I am willing to give to get. Remember those words that are often spoken. "Sometimes less is more?"

Anyone can build their lives like a paradise if you are willing to give a little bit and if you are under the gun with your high payments and bills that you work everyday to pay and still can not get your head above water, I would recommend my idea.

It has worked for my wife and I and it can work for you as well if you want it to. We have never been happier in the 30 years of marriage. Why not enjoy your life living it simple and still being happy and just maybe happier than ever. It is very possible for all to achieve.

Don't get me wrong, I am not downing those with money and having all the fine things in life, it's just that I am not that fortunate too have money or the fine thing in life, so I came up with my own plan to live the world of paradise without spending a fortune.

Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Books on the History of Long Beach Island New Jersey

My simple little home by the Sea.
My simple little home by the Sea.
Someones million dollar home by the sea.
Someones million dollar home by the sea.

© 2011 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile image

      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Natashalh, Yeah doesn't it feel good to get rid of the clutter of thing we probably haven't look at in years? I have just finished doing the same thing but I cleaned an entire house out and downsized to a smaller home at the Jersey Shore. It does feel great to clean house. I have no more stuff I don;t need and gave so many things, small and large away for free just to give to those that are in need.

      Thank you for your comment!!

      BTW Thank you for your Fan Mail too

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      It makes me so happy to just go through my closet and drawers sometimes and get rid of stuff! I throw away junky things and donate usable stuff and I always feel better for lightening the load, so to speak.

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      sam3m 6 years ago from New York

      i congratulate you on achievung your dream. would that we all be so lucky or skillful in our planning. i've got a long way to go since i have been operating using the principle "if a thing exists, i need two of it."

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      I love the shore and your ideas. Taxes are very high in New Jersey. Good luck


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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      Another goodie Mark - voted up and stuff

    • GNelson profile image

      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Sometimes we get so busy counting the things we own that we can't enjoy them. You have fixed that problem beautifully.

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      BukowskiBabe 6 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

      Great hub. Bigger is not always better,and less can be more. I always joke that I want to live in one of those retro trailers with the real wood paneling. Can't recall what the term is..silver something or another. Less to clean and they are cute.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      wonderful points about happiness, Marky-live within your means and let the rest go. Nice photos

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      Taleb AlDris 6 years ago

      The clean life

      I agree with you totally.

      My profession as accountant, let me meet many rich people who hope to get happiness.

      "Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours." - Tom Hopkins

      I voted Beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Good points. I agree with your priorities. I'd be quite happy to be in a similar situation. Living debt free with no mortgage is a great accomplishment.

      Thanks for the hub.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Beautiful pictures. I share your concept of living simple but I don't have a big house to downsize from. I've discovered that in my area, it is less expensive to live in my home than to rent an tiny apartment..maintence included. Thanks for your hub, up and beautiful:)