Does money bring happiness?
This question comes up a lot in movies and films, as well as in everyday life, but the way people answer it always varies, the way they answer it also says a lot about what kind of person they are and what they value most in life. You need money to get pretty much everything in life, from food, to clothes, to a roof over your head. However there are some things that money just cannot buy, including happiness.
Many people believe that money brings happiness, these people are usually either low on money, or newly ‘rich’. The word ‘happy’ is defined by oxford dictionary as: “Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment” however happiness means different things to each individual person. Most people’s definition of happiness would include words along the lines of ‘love’ and ‘health’, and others may include ‘family’ ‘friends’ ‘belief’ ‘achievement’ these are all things that money does not give you, although receiving money can be an achievement sometimes, you have to work to get that money and it is the result of hard work paying off that brings the sense of achievement, not the promise of money. It is true that on average, people who have a house and can afford three meals a day will be happier than someone living on the streets, surviving off of food that they have found half eaten in the bins. However this does not mean that if you have more than what you need you will be happier. Many people think ‘if I’m happy with £20,000 pounds a year, then imagine how ecstatic it must be to earn £50,000 a year’ these people might then go on to earn £50,000 and they will probably find that it’s not as great as they first thought it would be, so they then set higher goals and when they reach those goals, they are disappointed again. If anything, their money has made them sadder because they have everything they wanted but are still not happy. They find it hard to believe that after all of their effort and all-nighters that they are still no happier...
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