The older I get, the more I’ve noticed how much so many people talk about monetary wealth like it’s the only thing worth living for. The days of rolling around in the grass and skipping in the sunshine seems mediocre in comparison to the desire to own a Hermes bag or be earning a six figure sum. So I would like to make the case for why money doesn’t equal happiness and why we are delving into a dangerous vicious cycle where the younger generation will think it’s normal to care about money over the simple gifts in life.
The case for money = happiness
For those where a relationship with money has meant heartbreak or physical/mental abuse, I get it, money is your driver. Money is what, to some people, says ‘If I had money, I wouldn’t be in this situation’. To this group, having money means that life is cushier and yes to some degree I completely agree.
The case for why money ≠ happiness
This is where my personal viewpoint comes in. I think no matter what type of relationship you’ve had with money, be it not enough, be it too much, if your state of mind is based around wealth, you will NEVER be happy. If what drives you is just money, you might be able to buy yourself all the cars, all the luxury in the world, but deep down, facts show that those who often have the most, often don’t realise this and don’t feel grateful/thereby aren’t happy with what they have. Chasing happiness through money, can never in my opinion bring you true happiness. I’m not saying money isn’t important, ofcourse it is, but surely, instead of constantly thinking of how to earn a six figure sum, why can’t we be more interested in learning how to help those who can’t even afford to clothe themselves? Why should we wait til we are ‘comfortable’ to help someone else?
I’m not saying at all that it isn’t great to have some luxury and to enjoy what you have, but I also do believe in the old age saying of ‘cut your coat according to your cloth’. With the rise in pay day loans and a recent discussion on LBC radio on this matter of ‘What brought the UK to this state?’, it’s only worth thinking about how if we had a better relationship with our finances, we would be able to live within our means AND retain fulfillment and happiness. Money comes and goes, so is it really worth the time and energy some spend convincing people of it’s importance and the pedestal it’s given?
If you don’t agree or if you do, leave your comments below.