Having written about the best questions about money and happiness and the best questions about health and happiness, it’s time to complete the trifecta by tackling the best questions about health and money.
Here are the questions you need to be asking yourself about health and money.
What to Ask Yourself About Health and Money
When you are considering the relationship between your health and money, consider the following:
- Think of the time when you felt physically at your best in the last week. What were you doing? How much did it cost you to do that activity?
- Think of a time when you felt mentally at your best in the last week. What were you doing? How much did it cost to do that activity?
- Think of the most nutritious meal you ate in the last week. How much did it cost?
- Consider your spending on preventative versus non-preventive health last year. Then consider: (a) How much did you spend last year on non-preventative health care services? (b) How much money did you spend last year on preventative health care services? (c) Does the relationship between the two reflect your goals and priorities?
- How much money did you spend last year on wellness services (gym memberships, therapy, acupuncture, personal-growth-oriented products, etc.)? Which of these ( non-preventive health, preventative health, or wellness) brought you the most benefit over the last year?
- Imagine your healthiest day where you feel really amazing all day. What does that day look like? How much would it cost?
- Imagine you had all of the money in the world that you could devote to your health. How would you spend it?
- What physical activities make you feel your best? How much do they cost?
- What restorative activities (sleep, meditation, reading, journaling) make you feel your best? How much do they cost?
- What would make you feel most proud about your body? How much would it cost to achieve this?
- What would make you feel most proud about your mental state? How much would it cost to achieve this?
- If you had $1,000 to spend on your wellbeing, how would you spend it?
- If you could make one change to your physical or mental health to make life more enjoyable, what would it be? How much would it cost?
- How does your source of income affect your health?
Correlating the Relationship Between Health and Money
Think about how you want to feel physically and mentally. Then, consider how you can better align your spending to support improvements in your health.
Think about your income. What does earning the income you do cost you in terms of negatively affecting your health? Conversely, how does your job improve your health?
Your wellness isn’t dependent on how much you make but on how you spend your time and money.
The Bottom Line
Having more money doesn’t necessarily mean better health. However, you can choose to spend your income and time investing in your health so that you have a better quality of life.