Does Money Bring You Happiness?

Sunday, 20 May 2012

This is a question which I continuously find raised within general conversation.

Studies show that 50% of a persons happiness is genetic, 40% is based on intentional activity and 10% is circumstantial. So in what category does money fall into? Taking the question at face value, my initial response would be yes, and I believe that the majority of people would respond in the same way. However, when I sit back and allow my brain to delve into the depths of the reason behind my response, I find myself questioning it.

Yes, we all enjoy the luxury of having spare money to spend on things we desire. However, there is a definitive difference between having a bit of spare cash knocking about and being rich. I for one dislike the feeling of not having enough money to pay for the essentials as well as the luxuries, but I think that makes a person more appreciative of money. There isn't a nicer feeling than knowing you've gone out and worked for the money you see in your bank at the end of the month. Don't get me wrong, we're all guilty of saying 'I wish I got paid for doing nothing' but I think that would result in being ungrateful and taking things for granted.

I am a firm believer of the little things meaning the most, a text, a smile, a hug, whatever it may be, can be so much more appreciated than money. We'll go out and buy something new, and within a few weeks we'll be bored of it and want something else, we're never satisfied. It's true, most people want the things they can't having, meaning the things they can't afford. I don't think people should be judged for wanting money because at the end of the day it's an incentive to work hard and earn a living for yourself in hope of achieving something commendable.

The point of this is to share how I think money and happiness works. I believe that if you're happy in yourself, you're more likely to succeed. Being truly happy shouldn't mean having the most money or being materialistic, it should mean having good people around you. If you have the luxury of having money on top of that then it can only be considered a bonus. Of course I want the house, the car and the holidays, but my happiness is paramount.

I can honestly say I have the best family, great friends and the loveliest boyfriend. Happiness is somewhat in our control, and I am happy.


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