Does money buy happiness is a question that has multiple answers. An individual’s happiness can be defined as their state of mind, level of contentment, or result of satisfied experience. If this is true, why is there depression, suicide, abuse, or divorce among wealthy individuals? How does one determine when they have reached the appropriate amount of money to call themselves wealthy? Throughout the world, there are values of wealth and happiness.
As human beings we are only allotted a certain amount of time, therefore time is scarce in life. Time cannot be re-created, extended, or altered in any form. Time is a constant, twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week, and approximately fifty-two weeks in a year. No monetary figure or human being can alter time. In contrast, an individual’s wealth can be identified as a variable, fluctuating throughout the span of their lifetime. People experience varying levels of wealth, each person is born into a particular financial class structure and achieve different levels throughout their working career. Each individual has the choice to enjoy their time and make opportunities to use their time wisely. As stated earlier, happiness is a state of mind, you can choose to be motivated and optimistic while using your time wisely or let time pass you by. The same holds true for wealth. An individual can pursue higher education, implement strong personal work ethics, thus improving their job potential and increasing their personal wealth.