Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Does Money buy Happiness?

 'Your success and happiness lie in you' 
-Helen Keller

You often hear the phrase that money doesn't buy happiness. Really? I think otherwise. Think about it. We get happy when we receive money from family members. On the other hand, we get upset when we lose money. People who can't afford basic necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter are often unhappy. Even the inability to afford wants not needs make us sad, depressed...UNHAPPY.

Now money can't and should not be the source of all your happiness and your joy in life. That's just setting up yourself for disaster. There's more to life than money. This concept plays out in daily life all the time. For instance, money didn't save Steve Jobs from death and the recession right now is a proof of this. Hundreds Millions of people have lost their homes and jobs right now, which is definitely a source of unhappiness right now, due mainly to financial loss.

Long gone are the days of bartering. This is why we receive financial compensation for the time that we put in at work. We go to school so that we can earn more money in our fields. We need money for everything, such as security and health. To be financially secure is a dream for many. Most Americans are 1-2 paychecks away from homelessness. So, please don't tell me that money doesn't buy happiness. Money provides opportunity and choice that then leads to freedom and thus happiness.

Money ($) buys opportunity/choice
Opportunity = freedom
Freedom = Happiness

What do you think? Does money buy happiness? Leave your comments below.