Can money truly bring you happiness? for some, this might be an easy yes, for others the answer might not be so clear
£1,000, £10,000, £100,000, £1,000,000 or even £10,000,000.
I could put any figure out there and even that might not be enough for some and I’m not surprised we are bombarded with images of the wealthy, so it’s only natural to want to aspire to be a footballer, film star or minor reality tv personality if that is your only focus.
So what is the number?
Over the years there have been many studies conducted into the amount of money that will make us happy and in a recent poll, that figure was put at $95,000 or just under £70,000. Not a small number by any stretch of the imagination, but when you factor in that the average wage in the UK is a little over £25,000 it would appear that there are many of us that just aren’t that happy.
More money fewer problems
Every week millions, take a punt on the National Lottery in the hope that their numbers come up and they are instantly made millionaires. No work, get up when you want, do what you want, buy what you want.
Though a nice problem to have, it is surely going to get boring very quickly and without purpose what’s the point? Great you are going to live in a nicer house and drive a nicer car but what is underlying isn’t going to disappear just because you’ve added a few noughts to your bank balance.
Unhappiness is going to have an effect on your mental health no matter what your bank balance, in a study in a Telegraph article in 2013 it indicated that children that come from homes with household incomes of £100,000 are under so much pressure they are at risk of suffering from anxiety and depression.
Then there’s those with huge sums, I watched Who’d be a billionaire on Sky Living and while I enjoyed seeing how they splashed the cash their worries weren’t something that I could live with day in day out. The threat of kidnapping, not being welcomed into certain circles, not knowing if those around you where there because they liked you and not what you could give them, the list was endless.
So money doesn’t have happiness then?
I’m not going to turn around and tell you that money is the root of all evil because I don’t believe it is. In the right hands, it can do a lot of good, while we might not see it I’m sure that there are plenty of high earners out there that are doing a lot good for charity.
I don’t believe that have money for money’s sake is going to make us happy, but if it helps us find a purpose other than a 9 to 5 then that can only be a good thing.
Happiness isn’t going to be defined by how much money that you have sitting in your bank or invested into property or having a group of people around you that you don’t know that you can trust.
Now I don’t know many millionaires or billionaires, but I know people that others would consider well off and they appear on the surface no happier than you or I.
As I’ve got older my idea of what I could do with a lot of money has certainly changed, but that has come with age so we shouldn’t point a finger at those that still want the trappings of material wealth, so long as this is just a dream and they aren’t getting themselves into debt to live a lifestyle that they are unable to maintain.
Appreciate what you already have in your life and work hard to attain your dreams but don’t get disheartened by the things that you don’t have.
Look around you and take joy in the fact that you are surrounded by those people that you love, you have your health and are able to do things can bring joy into your life.