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Next to dying alone, going broke and having nothing is right up there with everyone’s greatest fears. That, and pooping yourself on your wedding day in front of all your loved ones (what, like your bowels aren’t a mess when it comes to heady life milestones like marriage?). But when it comes to things like losing all your money, it’s not all bad. Life is a rolling canvas of peaks and valleys, the latter of which gives us more hard-learned lessons than getting everything we want ever will. It’s important no matter who you are or where you come from to go broke at some point in your life, and this right here is why.

Priorities Become a Priority
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Most people think they know what happiness is. It’s usually some sort of shiny object or trophy we hang in our windows or drive around in, but the reality is that short-lived affection is just that. Nothing ever makes us happy when it’s always about bigger and better, and priorities quickly become masked in money hungry woes and crippling debt.

We like to think our houses are all in order, but our priorities often revolve so much around having and spending money. When you take money out of the picture, the frame tends to hang a little more level. When you’re broke, you’re forced to face some realities, allowing you to only afford certain things from your previously comfortable lifestyle. Will you choose misery with shiny trinkets, or will you find that happiness is priceless before you’re old and as hairless as a Persian kitty?

Budgeting Becomes Necessity
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Most people with money are piss-poor managers of their own funds. That’s why God invented marriage to have someone around to tell us when we’ve gone too far. It’s not until a moment of crises — you lose a job, invest in the wrong stock or have triplets when you only planned for one — that we finally realign our priorities and construct a budget.

If you’re not a big spender or the type to make wildly outrageous purchases — insert strange expensive fetish collection — you’ve probably never really budgeted since your mother gave you milk money, which you of course spent on fake tattoos from the quarter machines. Upon learning how to spend, you’ll realize how much time and money you waste on small-scale shit that doesn’t matter (coupled with unnecessary anxiety and light depression soaked quietly in white wine as you cry on your bathtub floor with the showerhead running).

You Become a Bullshit Detector
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When you renovate your priorities and build a budget for them, you quickly see the needless clutter in your life. Things like cable TV become superfluous and slowly fall by the wayside. The less bullshit you have in your life, the easier it becomes to spot it when it enters. It makes you feel greedy, dependent, sluggish and somewhat mad.

Taking those things away makes you feel lighter, less anxious and slowly less broke than you thought. It’s like giving up soda for a year. Having even one after that makes your body feel gross. You’ll get so used to having extra money lying around that it will be hard to go back to your slothful ways. Another prime example would be thinning your herd of friends. You find yourself with more time and space, just like setting priorities based on being low on funds allows you to see what really matters, who you really are and who you can live without.

Being Present Becomes Easy
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When you’re dead broke, there’s less money for playing hard and staying out late. The hangovers become fewer, the mornings become bearable and life seems a little less bleak. Going broke makes being present in your life a hell of a lot easier, giving you the clear headspace and clarity to have gratitude for what works. The alternative is to run around like a money-grubbing monger who has to make, make, make in order to spend, spend, spend. This leaves a person breathless, restless and frustrated even when things are going well. Don’t be that guy; no one wants to be around that guy.

Happiness Becomes Natural
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When a smile is your face’s default expression, you know you’re living right. You may not need all these self-help sounding things to find happiness, but they never hurt if you’re in a monotonous finance-unfriendly rut. It all seems so simple and obvious, yet very few of us take the time to analyze the way we live our frivolous lives. You can live day by day but have a small idea of what the future should hold for you and set aside something for later. Living life to the fullest without being a spendy psycho — everything in moderation — keeps the dream alive for later. You don’t have to buy a pony just because you bought the farm, but it’s nice to know you can afford one down the road, because, hey, who doesn’t want a pony?

Money Becomes…
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Dollar signs shouldn’t be the first thing on your mind, but they are for a lot of people. An obsession with money weakens relationships, builds distrust and leaves you feeling like dirt if you don’t have more of it. You don’t have to have a lot to be happy, but you should appreciate the security it provides down the road for situations like tending to your future sick or injured self, laying down some roots or paying off that pound of medical marijuana that keeps you all giddy.

The concept of is a system that forces a social status, class and competition if you allow it to. Let it be something that gives you space to do simple, nice things like investing in yourself, following passion projects or buying your girlfriend flowers instead of stealing them from her neighbor’s lawn.

6 REASONS WHY IT’S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO GO BROKE AT SOME POINT

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