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I have now reigned about 50 years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen.

Abd Er-Rahman III of Spain, 960 C.E.

What does “living a prosperous life” mean to you? Does it mean having enough money? My observation is that having more money does not always create greater prosperity in life. There are plenty of people with lots of money who are happy, and there are plenty of unhappy people with lots of money. There are plenty of people with very little money who are not happy, and there are plenty of happy people who have very little money.

Perhaps the connection is between prosperity and happiness rather than between happiness and money.

To me, happiness depends on much more than having enough money. Living an abundant life is really about having happiness and freedom. And so an abundant life is not necessarily about the “quantity of things” I have. It’s probably more about quality of life I live.

You are the only person who can define what a “quality life” means to you. And your definition of a quality life may be different from every other definition you have ever heard on this planet.

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