You have money. Are you happy?

24 May

You have money. Are you happy?

I believe that money can’t buy you happiness.

Sure, having a lot of money is a great thing and gets rid of the stress of financial insecurity. But real happiness can’t be bought by money. Thinking about life has led me to think about this popular belief and realize it’s completely true. Although being financially secure is one of the best things in the world, it won’t necessarily bring you happiness.


Many people dream of being rich.

They think of all the things they can buy with money such as big houses, fancy cars, and long vacations. People make it their goal to get into a good college to get a good job and make a lot of money. With financial security, people think they have more time to spend relaxing and being happy. There are so many success stories of people going from “rags to riches” and people try to follow their footsteps and do the same thing. Basically, we all get this idea that being rich is a great thing and it will guarantee happiness, but is it true?

Is it the most important thing?

Having money is one of the most important things in life, but happiness is even more important. While money can result in happiness, the process of gaining it questions your relationships with others. The American Dream is basically attained by getting a good education and then a high-paying job. But is it really worth going through all of that to hopefully be financially secure? By trying to reach that goal, people spend a lot of their time doing work. Unlike materialistic items, happiness from having strong relationships with others last longer. Having a lot of money is great, but if you don’t earn it the right way (balancing working time with spending time with friends and family); you won’t be happy because you won’t have anyone to care for you and that will result in loneliness.

Work hard, get money.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this belief, and it is true and that I won’t base my life off working too hard for money. I will still work hard, but will try to find time to bond with my friends and family. Compared the 2 sides of my family: my father’s side, and my mother’s side. My mother’s side isn’t that financially secure but the family gatherings are so much more fun than the gatherings I have with my father’s side. His side is very financially secure but the family gatherings are boring and awkward. You have to sacrifice some time that could be spend making money to build strong relationships with your family and friends.

Key factor for happiness?

Although being financially secure is one of the best things in the world, it won’t necessarily bring you happiness. Money is an important component of happiness, but money alone won’t suffice in bringing you the highest level of happiness possible. You also need to have good, solid relationships with your friends and family to maximize your level of happiness. All in all, money alone won’t bring you happiness, but if you can effectively manage your time and balance the amount of time you spend making money, and the amount of time you spend with your friends and family, that will bring you happiness.