My mother grew up with the complete opposite mindset — “spend nothing besides the bare essentials so you can save for your future “ — and while that led to my family being very financially comfortable, I would not say that she is happy or content — rather, she continues to be high strung and constantly worried, which makes me wonder if the other extreme is worth it.
Truthfully, part of my wants to be judgey about this, but I totally feel you on the idea that…
Wendy T

As a counter point my dad lived his life with the “spend it now, live in the moment” mindset and as a result he now lives with me.

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