By: Imani Bethea
People will always try to tell you how “money is the key to happiness”. However, those type of people do not understand what happiness really consist of.
In today’s world, yes, we could say money can buy you happiness, but only to a certain extent. Even though, that goes back to an important question: how much money do you need to make you happy? I found a few pieces of evidence that back up the reason why I don’t agree that money buys happiness.
Just as Tal Ben-Shahar, an American/Israeli teacher and writer in areas of psychology and leadership expressed in his book, Your Money, “Money can certainly help you achieve your goals, provide for your future, and make life more enjoyable, but merely having the stuff doesn’t guarantee fulfillment.”
According to a recent Harris Poll, people with annual incomes between $50,000-74,999 are happier than those with $75,000-$99,999 of annual income. This poll got its results by compiling the results of respondents that gave answers to a few particular questions based upon happiness.
Barsha Nag Bhowmick, an assistant editor with the Times of India added a few statements into the debate about whether money is the key to happiness:
“Our ability to connect with others, to have meaningful relationships, to have a better community. People who say they’re happy have strong connections and communications with other people – that is a sort of recipe for happiness. Money increases happiness until about a certain level of earning, and after that our emotional well-being doesn’t increase with income.”
In The World Happiness Report of 2017, Norway ranked 1st place out of the top 20, followed by Denmark in 2nd place, who was the runner up for the happiest in 2013 but 20nd in economic ranking. The United States is 14 on the happiness chart.
Temporary happiness can be bought with money; pure happiness is within the person that makes them happy, connecting with others and creating moments that will last forever.