The common knowledge in life is that you are able to lead an optimal life only when you can get everything you have. But this is not the true, what matters is how you are able to remain happy with the things that you have. A person who gets $500 per month can live an optimal life with it and he can even save from it. This is why a person who is a millionaire cannot be said to live an optimal life if he has debts that are far beyond of the earning he gets.
Therefore, optimal living does not depend on how much money someone has.
You can begin to ask yourself what is it then? It is about how you are able to live happily in your own family. In the real sense, it can be this. You will only be happy if your family is. Because optimal living is about how content you are then having a content family life will be considered as the essential thing for your optimal life.
However, you can find people who have what you consider to be a great family such as an ideal wife and great kids yet they are not happy. This is because there are many things that are to be taken into account before someone says that you are living an optimal life. Family and money are just some of them.
The first thing you should have is how you are. Your own perspective and the way you think are important if you want to know that you are living an optimal life. You have to let your mind understand that the life you are leading is optimal. Tell your mind that you are leading a great life. If you are able to set your own mind then you will be able to turn your own life towards living at your best.
This should not mean that if you live in poverty, you have to be happy about it. You need other peripherals such as money and love. These are essential ingredients for anyone who wants to live an optimal life but this realization should never be the only thing you live for. You have to have a balance between mental spiritual, health, monetary and family life so that you can bring your optimal life forward. This is what you should discover.