Your emotions and the financial markets may have more in common that you first think.
Over the long term, the general trend of financial markets is upwards. Like it or loathe it, the concept of financial growth (some may call it capitalism) seems to work. Of course, from time to time, there are little wobbles along the way, sometimes (2001 and 2008 spring to mind) there is a calamitous drop in value. Given time however, and avoiding panic, generally, things recover, and after a while, are back to where they were, and improving again (unless of course you had all your assets in one company which went bust) . This is the message we convey to our investment clients at Serenity – trust in the plan, and despite the short term wobbles, in the end, the plan will see you through.
Using happiness as the global currency instead of money, generally, society can hope to work towards greater joy, feeling better about the things around us and ourselves. Trust that generally, life will be ok, and we find that the investment in ourselves will pay dividends, be it health or mental functions.
Of course, from time to time, something may take a swipe at us, some form of calamity (even a real tragedy) befalls you. Most of these situations are temporary, although at the time, they may seem miles away from that. Remember when you split up with your first girlfriend or boyfriend? Remember how the world seemed as if it was going to end, how you could never love another that way? Guess what, you probably never married your first love, and would you change back now? Probably not.
Be it financial or emotional, fluctuations in the smooth plan of life are all part and parcel of the game. Once you realise this, and appreciate, that if you can focus on the long-term, rather than the painful short-term (where all the ‘knowledgeable advice’ comes out of the woodwork), then you can move to a more tranquil and happier existence.