Whereas some people argue that money cannot bring happiness, only materialistic goods and momentaneous feelings, others claim that it does. There are certain hobbies and dreams that can only be accomplished with financial aid. Traveling, for instance, has become one of the major goals of young people nowadays, and it is impossible to travel around the world without having money – one does not simply hitchhike on an airplane.
As once shown in a Lexus advertisement: “whoever said money can’t buy happiness isn’t spending it right”. Money is not only about purchasing a new car or home appliances, but also about investing in your own personal inclinations and preferences. Learning how to play an instrument, how to speak a foreign language, having yoga classes or simply going out for Japanese food - all require monetary resources. These are examples of small details that are boosts to self-esteem and self-improvement. Most importantly, these are experiences, whether momentary or long-lasting memories, enormously important for conducting a happy life.
In today’s world, it is impossible to live without money (unless you decide to live secluded in the wilderness). Clothes, books, food and education - they all require money. According to Sarah Gervais, an associate professor at Nebraska’s University, “Having a higher income, for example, can give us access to homes in safer neighborhoods, better health care and nutrition, fulfilling work, and more leisure time.” Nonetheless, if, in order to achieve such standards, duties just as more working hours are demanded, leading to a stressful routine, money brings more headaches than relief. It is all a matter of equilibrium - finding a balance between basic needs, luxury and leisure.
Certainly it is not exactly money that will bring happiness, but the experiences it will provide. Traveling with loved ones, having a special dinner or celebrating birthdays: money is nothing but a means of reaching your aims and desires. However, without it most would not be possible in the first place.
GERVAIS, Sarah. Can Money Buy Happiness? Three Psychological Principles to Consider Before You Make Your Next Purchase. Available at: http://psychology.unl.edu/can-money-buy-happiness Access on: 04/10/2017
LYUBOMIRSKY, Sonja. Can Money Buy Happiness? 2010. Available at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-money-buy-happiness/ Access on: 04/10/2017