Can money really buy happiness ?

can money buy happiness

It is true that money does not equal happiness, but can’t it lead to happiness at least? Maybe.

We all want to be happy and have the things we need in life. Sometimes it is difficult for some people to find happiness without the right resources like health, love, comfort and friends. We should not take these things for granted because they are important and not always easy to obtain.

Some people think that having wealth means automatically that they will be happy without any difficulties but that is not always true. There can be challenges that come with wealth like having to deal with competition and jealousy from others etc.

What can money buy, if not happiness ?

Money can buy about anything materialistic, it can also guarantee comfort and that you will not have to physically struggle for anything. However, it isn’t sure that it can buy happiness because happiness depends on many factors that have nothing to do with how much money you have; like having good health, having your loved ones love and respect, and being grateful, content, positive and in the right mindset.

Can money make someone miserable ?

Some would go as far as to say that there is no amount of money that can buy happiness. In fact, the more you have, the more you need to keep up with appearances and with what others will say of you and what they consider as successful or not. Having wealth demands a lot of hard work and effort. Sometimes even if it’s family wealth to even obtain it or have it handed down by your older relatives is not a smooth process. They may want you to prove themselves to them or to fight for it first.

Either way, to have access to a lot of wealth or money is usually and more often than not a lengthy and excruciating process. That’s why when we get too busy in that process, we often neglect our loved ones, health or don’t have time anymore for other little things of life that used to bring joy. That’s why some people even say that money will actually buy you sadness or rob you off beautiful moment of life, instead.

The dilemma is that if you’re born with access to wealth already from the start then it won’t be easy to appreciate your situation, as it is all you ever known and it is normalised by the time you turn to an adult to have so much. On the other hand, if you’re born poor then the process of getting access to wealth or so much money usually leaves no time for leisure activities or family life and include you in too much unnecessary drama.

And even then, it is not the amount of money one has that makes them happy, but if they can spend it on what they really want and need.

The pyramid of Maslow and the importance of money:

Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s theory of a hierarchy of needs is a helpful guide for understanding our complex relationship with money.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often depicted as a pyramid with the most basic human needs at the bottom and the most complex emotional and psychological needs at the top.

The most intense need for money is usually at the bottom of the pyramid, one would think; because in that part of the pyramid we have the most important and very essential needs. However, in real life it’s rather people with more money that would do a lot and anything for even more money!

Yes, the needs at the bottom are extremely important because they are basic human needs. To meet these types of needs, people may become more materialistic and would do the most for money. However, this till doesn’t mean that the more their basic needs are met the more money becomes more about getting more comfort only, more space or more unnecessary luxuries. In fact people that have more start getting terrified or even very scared of the idea of ever finding themselves again at the bottom of the pyramid so they can also get greedier!

That’s because, at the highest part of the pyramid, people may still think that money is extremely important because they’ll get scared of experiencing what we call “falling from grace”. In this case, they’d be working or focusing too much on making sure that nothing goes wrong for them financially, that they don’t even enjoy properly their current situation.

Indeed, it can be argued that people that are poorer or situated lower in the pyramid and trying to even feed themselves, find a shelter, etc, are usually happier and more content. That’s because they’re already at the bottom and understand that even though they don’t have it all they’re still alive and nothing worse could happen to them anyway. As opposed to them, the people that have it all get greedier and with money always comes eventually an intense desire to hoard more wealth and assets and to secure oneself even more and further. It can be thought of as a vicious cycle.

Bottom line:

Happiness is a state of mind that is a result of a person’s subjective thoughts and feelings, which depend on one’s attitudes about the past, present and future as well as the social and economic environment.

No matter what a person does, how much money they have, or what they do for a living, they cannot buy happiness. Happiness comes from within and is not dependent on outside factors. By checking out our section of the website entitled “wellbeing”; you probably stand more chance at getting happy in the long-run than by winning a big lottery jackpot!

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