The general notion regarding money in spiritual and religious circles in general and the circle of people with no money in particular is that money cannot buy happiness. Followers of this ideology believe that money is a materialistic thing thus it has no relation whatsoever with happiness which is totally an intrinsic factor.
As far as the religious circles that promote this notion against money is concerned, if they do believe that money cannot buy happiness then it seriously puts the concept of charity to question which the religious circles so abundantly stress upon. Therefore, directly or indirectly, money does has something to do with happiness.
To me money has a large role to play in happiness; however, it all depends on the way money is spent. This spending of money should not be confused with like if you are going to buy a sedan or a Lamborghini, rather, it refers to whether you spend money on yourself or you spend it on others.
Before moving on to telling you which type of money spending brings happiness, let me share a strange fact with you. We believe that people who win lotteries are the happiest of all and they get their life changed overnight. Several researches in this regard have proven the fact that the happiness of lottery winners is not long lasting and their life does change but for the worst. Research shows that these people start buying things, which they do not need and start spending money without second thought, as a result of which they end up in debt. On the other hand, when they win lottery, their friends and family start bugging them asking for money, and when they don’t comply to their demands they face an anti-social response from others thus, for such people money really does not buy happiness.
From the example of lottery winners, it can be deduced that money does not buy happiness. However, there is another side of the picture as well and it is related with spending money on others. Every religion encourages spending money on others as a means of spiritual cleansing and growth. Applying this philosophy on the real world, one can easily feel happiness and joy for all the spending one makes on others. Thus, money can serve as the best means of attaining happiness when it is served on others.
Moreover, pertaining to spending money, some people believe that it’s the spending of money on their loved ones that brings them happiness, while there are others who are of the view that spending money on a random person or a stranger is what brings them happiness. No matter whoever you spend it on, the sparkle in their eye that represents that there is someone who cares for them is priceless and that priceless sparkle is what will bring satisfaction and happiness to your spirit and soul.
On contrary, spending on oneself is quite conventional and it is what every one of us does. The reason why it does not bring happiness is the same as with the lottery winners. Moreover, as humans the responses of others is what triggers our response. Therefore, if your money isn’t able to bring happiness to anyone, then it won’t bring you happiness. On the other hand, if you are an ordinary person with ordinary job and ordinary amount of money at your disposal, then spending from that ordinary would bring the same amount of happiness to him or her as would a lavish charity bring to a millionaire. Therefore, in other words it’s not how much you spend; it’s the way you spend that brings happiness from money.
Now it’s Your Turn!
Do you feel that money can buy happiness? In case you don’t then why? How many rich people have you seen who are happy or unhappy? What is the major reason behind their happiness or sadness? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below!
To your Success,