Cash, Moolaw, Greenbacks, the big cheese, the benjamins, whatever you like to call it, money can buy you happiness. Now you’re probably wondering, did he just write that? Does he really mean it? My answer is yes, and if you give me a chance to explain you may fully or somewhat agree with me.
Now me being sneaky, I didn’t really say how much money would buy happiness. I just said money can buy you happiness. How much money really is irrelevant and will vary depending on certain situations. What money buys you, whether you agree or not, are basic human needs. I’m talking about food, water, shelter, and clothing. I guarantee you if you ask anyone lacking in one of those needs, they are not happy (unless they’ve gone delirious). Once you have these basic needs met, the amount of money you have simply does not increase your happiness levels according to many an article, including this one.
What having money allows is the freedom of time savings. If spent wisely on things that save you time, money can and will buy you happiness. Material things, as it turns out, will not buy you happiness. Psychologists and really smart people call this hedonic adaptation – it’s basically the principle that “…no matter how good something makes us feel (or, for the record, how bad), most of the time we drift back to where we started, emotionally-speaking”. So that new thingmabob- car, house, drone, TV, whatever, that you purchased, will only give you a moment of happiness, that will inevitably lapse.
So maybe I should’ve have titled this post “Money Can Buy Happiness, If You Spend It Wisely On Time Saving Efforts, But That Happiness is Fleeting”. Or maybe not… that is quite a long title, and maybe you wouldn’t be as intrigued. In truth studies have shown people have had a higher level of happiness when the money is spent on services that will save them time. If you want to get more in depth on these studies I recommend starting with these articles – Science proves it: Money really can buy happiness, One surprising way money can buy happiness, according to scientists, and Money really can buy happiness, say scientists.
That doesn’t mean we should idolize money. That is to say your life’s purpose shouldn’t be to seek or to gain money. I believe all money comes from God. He is the great provider and His will allows you to even have money in the first place. In fact the Bible warns us and states:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” Timothy 6:10 (ESV)
Basically greed is a form of idolatry that takes you away from seeking the Lord and will lead you down a dark path. So you should be cautious when having money to spend and be thankful for His provisions. Whether your a Bible believing Christian or not, the fact remains that happiness is fleeting and that those who crave/lust after money are ultimately never happy.
I’d like to know what your thoughts on money are?