- July 7, 2017
- Posted by: Stephen Coleclough
- Category: Money
They say that money doesn’t buy happiness.
Some people would disagree and others would say that you can use money to buy things that make you happy.
But do material things really make us happy?
Well that would depend on the individual person and what they define as being happy.
As much as shiny new gadgets and expensive gifts can make you smile, the novelty usually wears off sooner or later.
Happiness comes in different forms for different people and while it’s true that getting a lot of money or a pile of new gifts can make you content initially, it never creates long-lasting happiness.
There are much more important things in life than money, things that can make you genuinely happy.
A sense of purpose is something that we all long for, a place in the world where you feel valued.
There are those who are lucky enough to have found a job that give them this sense of purpose and those are the type of people who feel happy when they go to work.
Obviously money is a necessity but if you have a job where you’re doing something you’d normally do for fun then you’re working because it makes you happy, not for the money.
Feeling like you’re part of something is more motivating than money and is much more important.
It goes without saying for most people that friends and family are more important than money.
Having a close group of friends that are there to pick you up when things are rough is much more important than having a big bank account.
Money can’t be there for you when you’re upset or give you confidence when you’re feeling down, it can only buy you things to distract you for a while.
No matter how much money you have, you can never replace the love you get from friends and family.
It is experiences that make us happy not money, which is where the line starts to blur.
Doing fun things with friends, seeing new places and meeting new people are all things that make us happy, but they’re also things that can be helped by having money.
Although having money does make it easier to do the activities that make you happy, it doesn’t mean you need it.
Most of us would rather spend time with friends and family than do things alone, even if you can’t all afford to do expensive activities.
Think about what truly makes you happy and the chances are that money won’t be very high on the list.