Dhanteras is first day of Diwali celebrations and on this day goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for prosperity and wellbeing. Dhan means ‘Wealth’ and on this day we buy new utensils and gold or silver jewellery to bring good luck.

But what is actual wealth? Is it only about money, expensive things, gold ornaments and jewellery? Money does make us happier – but only up to a certain point.

When a mom decides to quit her job to be with her kids,

That is real wealth.

When a dad decides to come early from office to be with his kids,

That is real wealth.

When a son visits his old parents on festivals,

That is real wealth.

When after  15 years of marriage, husband calls and says ‘I love you’ to his wife,

That is real wealth.

When a wife cooks her husband’s favourite dinner,

That is real wealth.

When we have our mother’s unconditional love,

That is real wealth.

When your spouse is your constant emotional support,

That is real wealth.

When grandparents receive a call from their grandson on Diwali,

That is real wealth.

When you have friends who are more like a family,

That is real wealth.

So does money make us happier? Well, yes and no. We need enough to cover our basic needs, but also need to remember that relationships are also important.

May be our concentration should be less on how much money we have, and more on how we use it.

Wishing you all a very happy dhanteras! Menaka has given some nice suggestions on what to buy in gold this dhanteras here.

This post is for Day 28 of UBC and Daily Chatter

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