Having tons of money won't make you any happier, but apparently having none at all just might do the trick.
Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old German woman, has been living without money for nearly 16 years and is reportedly much happier because of it, as is documented in the film "Living Without Money". [Hat tip: Business Insider]
How does she do it?
For food, Schwermer barters a few hours of hard labor cleaning and gardening in exchange for food. For shelter, she wanders from place to place offering small services for a bed and sometimes she relies on the hospitality of people she meets along the way. She occasionally receives clothing from friends, but gives away anything that's too burdensome to carry around.
Schwermer's childhood is what lead to her rejection of money, she said in an interview with Business Insider. Her family became wealthy after hitting rock bottom and she remembers feeling like she always had to justify their newfound wealth. Later in life, she realized she was discontent with all the things she had acquired, so at 53, Schwermer walked away from her job as a psychotherapist, gave away almost all her belongings and completely rejected money.
Going on "money diets" nothing new. In fact, almost half of Americans have gone a week at a time without using any bank notes. And as far as alternative lifestyles go, we've heard about Americans living off the financial grid, with no bank account or credit card. But Schwermer's story is truly unique.
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Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:59 EEST - Huffington Post
This Woman Has Been Moneyless For 16 Years Ago