We've heard the famous saying " Money can't buy you happiness, but is it really true?" How much money do you need to be happy?
The new science of happiness starts with a simple insight: we’re never satisfied! We are greedy human beings. We want more. We always think if we just had a little bit more money, we'd be happier. But, when we get there, we're not. Indeed, the more you make, the more you want. The more you have, the less effective it is at bringing you joy. Once you get basic human needs met, a lot more money doesn’t make a lot more happiness.
What is it that money can't buy? House, traveling, food, cloth, basic utility, and much more that won't be possible without money. You can fly, travel through the world, do all sought of things that would bring you happiness. At this point in time, you'll think Money can buy everything. My friend, Money can buy you happiness but it wouldn't change your fortune nor would it change your destiny.
Having a wealthy life is something every individual seeks for. One interesting thing I found on the Internet: A child once said to his Dad " We're going to be Rich. We'll have a big house, big cars", to which his dad replied, "It's Impossible". Today that child grown-up has everything that he told to his father but the only thing he doesn't have is his father. Money shouldn't be a measuring device to measure happiness and success and it is not at all essential to lead a life successfully. You need a life filled with content, memories to cherish, that moment when you have tears of joy after achieving something that you really worked hard for is priceless and something which really money can't buy.
The most important thing in one's life is Time. Time is priceless. Money can't buy time. It is only possible to buy time in fiction movies just like it did in the movie- In Time, where people had only 25 years to live and needed to work to earn money so that they can buy a few time to live more. What if that fiction was real? The rich would be richer and the poor would be poorer ( this fact still continues till date) and the riches would survive a lifetime.
WHY MONEY CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY?
Here are the biggest ways making more money can make you happier:
- Less worry and stress
- More control over your time
- More extraordinary experiences
- The opportunity to give back
To understand how money can make you happier at a deeper level, I think we should look at two different types of happiness – short term and long term.
Short-term happiness comes from finding your flow state:
You know that feeling when you’re sitting on the beach with a cold beer and feel one with the world? What about the feeling you get after seeing your favorite DJ or band and walking out into the crisp air after the show? What about the feeling you get when you’re in such a good conversation time disappears? Or maybe it’s how you feel when you buy that new handbag or a new truck?
That’s your flow state; when you are happy. Finding your flow state will make you happy, but it’s still fleeting. One way to maximize your happiness is to find your flow state every day, or as often as you can. It’s about doing the things you love. This is the most beneficial form of short term happiness.
Making more money can open up more time and the freedom to experience your flow state. Money is freedom; as long as you have control over how you use it.
Long-term happiness comes from finding purpose and exploring your passions:
It’s pretty easy to go out and buy short-term happiness, but long-term happiness needs to be cultivated.
As humans, we all essentially seek and require the same things to live a happy life – community, loyalty, love, excitement, curiosity, passion, and peace. At its core, living a happy life means having more fun, rich, and meaningful experiences. It also means living a life full of meaning, passion, and purpose. Money can only make you happy if you also work in other areas of your life.
An inspiring quote by Jim Rohn- " Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you cannot get more time."
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