Do You Need Money to Be Happy?

As the saying goes, “Money can’t buy you happiness.” Or can it? Having a sufficient amount of money can certainly lower stress, but having an excess of it will not make you more happy than anyone else. So can money buy you happiness or not? Here are a few thoughts to ponder on the subject.

Money Can Buy You a Limited Amount of Happiness

Studies have shown that yes, having enough money to meet your needs and those of your family does bring happiness. People living in poverty are generally less happy than those whose needs are met. Being able to pay for your bills and having enough to get by financially will help you succeed in feeling happy.

Excess Money Doesn’t Equal Excess Happiness

Having more money than you need, however, will not bring you extra happiness. Money and happiness are not proportional. Someone with enough money to buy a large house and several cars will not necessarily have more happiness than another individual with exactly what they need.

Money Brings Stresses of Its Own

There is stress that goes along with having money. Whether you have a little or a lot, you likely know about this stress. There is the stress of knowing you need to spend what you have wisely, as well as the fact that people with ulterior motives are drawn to those who are financially wealthy.

Not About What Comes in But What Goes Out

It is not so much the amount of money that you make that ensures your happiness, but about what you are spending it on and where it is going on the way out. There are some principles for using money that can help you to feel more satisfied. Where you put your money and who receives it can make a difference as to whether you gained something by having had it.

Spend on Experiences, Not Things

Buying more things is not proven to make a person happy. Although investing in items that will last seems like a wise move, studies show that we tend to adjust to what we obtain. Having these things doesn’t continue bringing unlimited happiness.

We are more likely to have long-term happiness when money is spent on experiences that will give us lasting memories. Whether this means going on vacation by yourself or with your family, or making time to do something fun every now and then… be sure to create experiences rather than purchasing something that will simply fade away over time.

Give It Away

Giving is one of the most satisfying things you can do with your money. Whether it is to charity or a friend in need, find a way to give back and share what you have. This is a way to spend that will bring long-term personal rewards.

The short answer is no; you do not need money to be happy. Money can be useful, however, to prevent stress that can diminish the happiness that you do have. No matter what amount of money you have, use these tips to help achieve the level of happiness you desire and live a life filled with joy.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Do You Need Money to Be Happy?

  • January 5, 2022 at 12:52 pm
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    hi dave..thank you for this greta journal. really proud for what you have write. yeah i agree with you, money cant nuy ud happiness. Im just want having enough money to meet your needs and those of my family and also being able to pay for your bills and having enough to get by financially will help you succeed in feeling happy. Im just wanna be a person that always feel enough for what i was had now, not really intent to be a millionaire..if that was the fate, for sure will be use that for giving is one of the most satisfying things you can do with your money. Whether it is to charity or a friend in need, find a way to give back and share what you have. just wanna be a GRAND Y 🙂

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    • January 5, 2022 at 2:37 pm
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      Thanks for your comments! I don’t really want to be a millionaire either. That much money can lead to more problems and stress. However, if I should win the lottery someday, my view may change!!

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  • January 15, 2022 at 2:30 am
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    Hello Dave, first of all, thank you for recently liking a post I made titled ‘Grief’ on word press.
    Secondly, I love your post.
    I recently gave this very topic a lot of thought. I came across a song by Jordan Davis titled Buy dirt. It is a wonderful song. He tries to tell us that we can’t buy happiness but we can do a lot to make our lives happy. Your post here gives me so much clarity on the song. Thank you so much.
    Often I strive to basically make enough money to live a decent life and pay the bills and be happy.
    I agree with Azim above.
    Thank you

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    • January 15, 2022 at 1:31 pm
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      We always want or need more money for various reasons but as long as we have our health and happiness we can achieve great things!

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