Does money = Happiness?
I was talking with my wife the other day about money as we walked our dogs. Money seems to be an umbrella goal for most people. They attribute all of their problems to not having enough money.
They think that having ‘enough’ money would see an end to all the troubles and worries and doubts in their lives. I should know – I used to think like that (still do some days).
The question to ask is: Is it true?
My opinion is no. I think that most of what ails us in life has nothing at all to do with how much or little money we have. Money becomes a convenient scape goat.
Issues with self esteem, confidence, self doubt, self worth etc. all conveniently come under ‘not enough money’. If tomorrow you won the lottery ask yourself honestly… would all your doubts about yourself evaporate?
Of course not.
The euphoria of having financial freedom might make it seem like that – but studies have shown that people revert back to their own personal default happiness levels within a year of any experience in their life – good or bad.
So why is that?
I think it’s because instead of looking at ways to heal ourselves from these worries, and self doubts etc., we use money as a distraction.
The thing is if we achieved financial freedom we’d have nothing more to chase and we’d be left looking at those worries etc. – maybe this is why some wealthy people can’t stop.
They have to keep acquiring more and more – never wanting to stop and actually ‘look’ at what really ails them. Money is neutral, neither good nor bad. Wanting and striving for more of it is natural and even desirable. Think of all the good you could do in the world if you had millions.
So I don’t criticise the endeavour of accumulating more money. I simply advise looking at your core reasons for any self doubt, low self esteem, lack of confidence you may have – whilst you strive for more.
So is it the same with our jobs?
Apparently, 47% of people in the UK are looking to move job according to Investors In People. I’m sure that statistic is about the same for most western countries if not all.
Job satisfaction seems to be more of an issue than pay they found – and when people feel satisfied productivity goes up. When productivity goes up people feel like they are progressing and psychologically they feel happier.
I bet most people would still say they’d be happier in their job if they got paid more.
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