It’s possible that this phrase could surprise you. Of course in order to live you need some kind of financial support, but money isn’t always synonymous with happiness.
There are those who are so poor in emotion, joy, friendship, and love…all they have is only money.
This is a fact that you need to reflect upon because if you look closely, you’ll notice that a lot of your dreams might depend on having a bank account with a lot of zeros behind a high number.
Whether you’re the kind of person who believes that money does indeed buy happiness, or you feel exactly the opposite, we invite you to think about these questions for a moment.
Money and the two faces of happiness
Whether you like it or not, this is something that we will never agree upon – not us or psychologists, sociologists, or anthropologists. The divergence is so strong that there are studies that justify both approaches.
The money that buys happiness isn’t based on the number of things you own
This is the conclusion reached by a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Statistics in the United Kingdom. It’s definitely a curious fact that’s worth looking into.
- According to the study, which was carried out over several years with high income people, happiness is in fact related to having a good economic standing.
- That means that people felt more satisfied knowing that they had enough to pay the rent or mortgage, or with a solid bank account. On the other hand, having multiple houses, cars, priceless antiques, or land was not related to happiness.
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Experts tell us that this is due to the recent economic crisis around the world.
The peace of mind that comes with knowing you are “covered” if a problem or incident should arise gives you a greater sense of well-being than the accumulation of objects or property.
According to psychologists, money can’t buy happiness
Now for the other side of that coin. Groucho Marx once said, “There are many things in life that are more important than money. But they cost so much!”
While it’s true that a stable economic arrangement is synonymous with well-being and covering the needs of yourself and your family, the key – as always – lies in balance and objectivity.
- At the very least, money could cause you to be less sad. You need to understand, however, that sadness is not the opposite of happiness – that means that “whoever is not sad is not necessarily happy.”
- To understand this a little better, let’s look at a simple example. Consider a billionaire. He wakes up in the morning without too many responsibilities, with the sole goal of having fun and being distracted.
He organizes a trip, throws a party, and invites tons of people that he might not even know. It will be a busy day where he doesn’t have to think too much, and he might not be sad. No doubt it will be a good time and bring him a few laughs, but it doesn’t mean he’s happy.
People who are looking for a reason every day to not be sad or feel loneliness doesn’t exactly mean that they’re happy.
As the University of British Columbia found, and psychologists also say, this is because a nicer house might reduce your daily sadness but it won’t necessarily bring you happiness. Happiness is discovered; it’s not constructed.
Emotional well-being doesn’t depend on money
Money can enable you to eat well, to distract yourself, to have beautiful, interesting, and amazing things…but whoever believes that this will nourish their heart is mistaken.
- Happiness lies within yourself and the connections that you make with others, with the people you love.
- Affection cannot be bought, the laughter of a child can’t be solicited with coins, and dreams or shared special moments with a friend or your partner won’t work with your checkbook – these come from emotions, giving and receiving, love, and sincerity.
No one can deny the fact that money can change your life for the better.
But a long row of zeros behind a number will never fill an empty soul and deliver that joy and serenity that humble people with hardly anything demonstrate on a daily basis.