Money and Happiness, How Much Are They Connected?
"It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed." - Kin Hubbard
I was looking for ideas for a new hub and I came across a question about money. It asked what is more important than money. My answer is love and family, friends count as my family too, for I wouldn't be where I am now without those two things. Every hardship I've been through my family has stayed with me and provided me with a way to get past it. My family supports my actions and decisions even without understanding them or me at times.
But money... My high school economics teacher claimed that money by itself is completely useless. It is what money can get you that defines it's worth. How much is money and happiness connected?
Can money buy happiness?
- Francis Bacon"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." - Will Smith
We look at all the millionaires and multimillionaires and say "They must be so happy. They have it all". We all have heard the stories of those that have committed suicide when the stock market crashed and they lost billions of dollars. They went broke and decided they had nothing more to live for. So does that prove that without money, we can't be happy?
People spend around forty hours a week or more in the pursuit of making money. Couples fight over it. Money issues are one of the leading causes of divorce. We spend all week looking forward to payday, only to pay bills and spend it till it's gone. And then, back to work we go, whistling optional. Why do we stress over money so much, even knowing that more won't make us happy? I'm just as guilty. One of my biggest dreams is to have a beautiful house with beautiful furnishings. My second is to open my own business. Both require money to accomplish.
Back to the original question. Can money buy happiness? Economics who have researched this have discovered that yes, but only if you know what you want and up to a point. Humans are adaptable creatures who quickly get used to a new situation. So after buying that house of your dreams or that expensive outfit you've been eying in the store, you soon get accustomed to it and want something new and better. This is made even worse by our tendency to compare ourselves to others. We always want what we don't have.
Can you be broke and still be happy?
I believe so. I've known plenty of poor and happy people. I've also known people who are well off but overworked, and overstressed. It's all about finding that balance between making money and leaving yourself time to enjoying life and the beauty of it.
My theory is you have to already be happy before you can be happy being rich. But it's still just a theory. I'll let you know how true it is if I ever get rich.
Money will buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; a passport to everywhere but heaven.
I really can't say it better than that. Just be grateful for everything you have but don't be ashamed for wanting more.
Just in case you're not smiling yet.
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