John, I think you need to stop constantly buying things. There's no point in that. Even mom and dad don't want you to use your allowance like that.
There is a point in that. It's good for my mental health. It makes me happy.
I don't think that is true. I'm happy whenever I buy things.
No, but then I just buy something else
No it doesn't. Have you ever heard of "money doesn't buy happiness?"
But are you happy the next day?
That's not true happiness.
Yes, it is.
Oh, Dad, you're back!
I no longer have a place to work at anymore. We will need to move to somewhere else to live and we won't have money to give you guys allowance anymore.
Dad, why do you seem disappointed? You're usually cheerful.
Emma, John, I have some bad new to tell you.
What is it?
I am just looking at the bright side of everything. Even though we aren't living as comfortably as before, our family is still together and that is enough. Also, we also are getting a different experience out of this.
Emma, after all of this, why are you not sad. There is nothing interesting that can keep me happy now.
Like what I told you before, material goods don't give you true happiness.
Then what is making you happy?
Am I just unable to be happy now?
Change your mindset. You need to realize that the most important things aren't things you buy. Also, stay optimistic and work hard. Our situation will get better.
You have control over your happiness, even in difficult situations.