Our economy has destroyed us. Paying for rent and food used to be something you check off your to-do list, whereas now it is a question of “Where will that money come from?”
Getting laid off, high gas prices and using all of your money to pay for rent is an inescapable reality in these tough times.
But do not let this economy get to you. In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow devised a pyramid diagram called the Hierarchy of Needs. It ranked one’s needs in the order of necessity. Physiological needs are at the base, followed by security and safety, social, self-esteem and finally self-actualization at the top.
Physiological: What you need to survive
When your budget forces you to cut back, do not neglect the most basic of survival necessities — food, clothing and shelter. While it may seem like you cannot afford anything, it is never okay to skip meals, wear uncomfortable clothes, or go without shelter.
Security/Safety: What you need to sustain
Being safe of danger, harm or illness is crucial. Have enough gas money to get to where you need to go at late at night (taxi, bus or pay to car pool), so your safety is not compromised, and paying for proper health care is important. Your life will be delayed if you are robbed, held at gun point or fall ill.
Social: What you need to feel loved
We all need to feel loved and will do anything to be accepted by our family, friends, and significant others. The common clich© “money does not buy love” is true to some extent. You spend money for the fun of it, but don’t make it the source of your fun. You can splurge to make friends happy, but when it comes to the fortune you spend, ask yourself, “Is it my generosity why they like me? Or do they like me for me?”
Same goes for dating. Personality points are what matter most. A girl who chooses you after tallying up all the times you made her laugh, hear her out, and made her feel special is a keeper. A girl who chooses you after calculating the price of dinner, gifts, and the times you paid for her personal needs is a gold-digger.
Self-esteem: What you need to feel good
Having high self-esteem means that you are able to say and believe good things about yourself. If you are able to say you are smart, and then act it. You don’t need to pay to take classes on things you can train yourself to do (cook, home schooling children, how to raise children, etc…). Study and score your way into being the best you!
Those with high self-esteem also know that internal beauty is more attractive. Using extensive beauty products to look like the celebrities on the magazine covers is a waste, because all models are Photoshopped and airbrushed. So be realistic and pocket your cash.
Self-actualization: What you need to feel exceptional
If you go to college, you already pay a fortune to get an education. So why not make the most of your money? Regularly attending class will educate you in your field and benefit you after you graduate. Knowing that employers want to want to hire you, knowing that you can make good money and knowing that you are confident in your life — now, that is priceless!