We live our lives in a rat race to earn money. Go to school, study, get a degree, get a job, earn money, and be happy. We live in a world where happiness in a person’s life is often measured by the amount of cash he/she has in his/her bank account, the size of his house or the model of her car. But actually are these the factors that decide whether you are happy? Is our happiness really driven by such materialistic items that money can buy. I don’t really think so. Money can sure buy you luxury and all the comfort you need but it cannot buy happiness. Here are 10 reasons why not.
10. It cannot buy time
How can a person feel happy when most of his day is spent working his ass off in an office? Earning money isn’t easy and it takes effort, hard work and a lot of time. It can consume so much of your time that you don’t get any for the other things, things that might seem irrelevant but they actually give you pleasure. Like a hobby? Having a lot of money to spend over a spa therapy does tempt everyone but what if a simple walk in a park gives you more happiness?
9. Money doesn’t buy kindness
Kindness is a virtue that can lighten up many faces at the same time. And you cannot buy any of it with money. Show a little kindness to somebody you just met or help a stranger who appears needy and you will feel good from inside. You do not always need to make huge charities by signing off a big check but some involvement in community services can also evoke all the happy feelings in your heart. Moreover, it also makes somebody else’s day and you again can feel great about it.
8. It will never be enough
One very important reason why money can never buy you happiness is that no matter how much you have, it’s never going to be enough for you. You may think that you will really be happy when you buy that particular car, but once you have that, you wish for more. An year ago, I thought that getting a few extra bucks of pocket money will keep me happy, but nah! I want more! Money sure can buy stuff you need and stuff you desire but the gluttony won’t keep you happy for much time.
7. Money doesn’t get you true friends
Life seems incomplete without a bunch of good friends. They can turn our days from sad and gloomy to sunny and our lives from melancholy to cheerful. A true friend can make you burst out in laughter when you don’t even feel like smiling. And what money in this world can get you a friend like that? In fact, making a lot of money often attracts people who pretend being your friends but all they care for is the money you spend on them. On the outside they might make you feel like they are your genuine friends but sometime or the other you will get to know the reality. And that can never make you happy.
6. Money doesn’t ensure a blissful relationship
The kind of relationship a person has with his or her spouse has a much deeper impact on the person’s state of mind. Where a healthy and joyous relationship can keep you happy even with lesser money in your pockets, a relationship with lack of love and understanding will fail to make you happy even with millions in your bank. So that clearly means that earning a whole lot of money will never ensure that you have a happy relationship and hence a happy life.
5. It cannot strengthen family ties
We all see news buzzing with how a multimillionaire tried to kill his own brother over property disputes. Or how a son asked a contract killer to shoot his own father so that he could get all his fortune. Over here, money plays the culprit to break family bonds and rises above blood relations. But even if we don’t talk about these worst case scenarios, then also do you think earning lots of money can strengthen you ties with your family or bring harmony in your family? It sure ensures a life of comfort but for happiness, it’s just not enough.
4. It doesn’t buy you good times
A lavish lunch in a 5 star hotel isn’t the perfect idea of having a good time. Sometimes having a roadside coffee and a bag of chips with your favorite people is much more enjoyable. Good times do not have much to do with the money you spent. Recall the last time when you were in a happy mood. Was money the reason behind it? Ok don’t say while shopping and I’ll lose the argument! But really money has little to do with having a happy and cheerful time.
3. Money can’t get you the peace of mind
Happiness is a state of mind and it often resides in a peaceful mind. Peace and harmony in one’s life ensures that he or she leads a happy life. And no money can ever buy this peace of mind. Moreover, many a times money is the reason that rips you off this peace and all you keep thinking about is how to protect, grow, or spend your money.
2. It doesn’t buy a carefree life
Remember how free and extricate you would feel during your teenage years even when you had to manage a whole month in limited pocket money? A life free of worries and tensions is certainly a happy one and money doesn’t ensure such life. In fact it can complicate things and earning it is often the biggest worry of life. And even after you do earn that much money, you find yourself unhappy and unsatisfied. Money does cause depression and can buy you lots of tension relieving pills but who feels happy popping pills to relax?
1. Happiness is more about the little things
Music, nature, painting, sleeping, everyone has their own pick for their idea of happiness. Or a warm hug, a new born baby’s smile or a peck on your cheeks by your crush? Money has nothing to do with any of these yet these things bring immense joy to us. Probably because true happiness is often found in the smallest of the events, unmaterialistic things and sweet little gestures. You do not need truck load of money to appreciate nature’s beauty or get a hug from your beloved. These just simply happen and leave us enchanted.