1. Get your budget in order.
It means planning, having savings aside for emergencies and not spending more than you earn (at least in the long term)
2. Save for vacations – and take your holidays.
The dollar might be plunging but that makes so many Aussie destinations more price competitive than they were. Holidays are a good investment for both health and happiness.
According to a vacation’ deprivation’ report by the travel giant Expedia Australians have on average five days of unused holiday leave owing each year, against just one day for the Brits and Americans. Don’t be mad. Take it now!
3. Budget for smaller outings, more often.
It speaks for itself - a greater number of more spread out pleasures which cost less can engender more wellbeing that a one off massive blow out. You are also spreading the risk of disappointment
4. Spend money on at-home family activities.
A family game library, outdoor sports gear and all the ingredients which encourages family activity together (ie not looking at different screens on different devices) bring more joy.
5. Give it away!
Giving is an important part of the spending-for-happiness equation, since regularly giving back to others can increase your sense of fulfilment.