Snicker reminded me of this thread just a few mins ago by asking a random question, it made me wonder.
Although most people see this question a lot, people do not really understand the parallels
of what divides this topic into as many sides and viewpoints as they think they do. Giving a short example in what
context I mean by this, we take into account firstly, what viewpoints can possibly be present.
- Money and Happiness is not possible to exist together.
- Happiness lies in helping others rather than focusing on just yourself
- Money brings Happiness but does not mean 'real' happiness.
- More money would bring luxuries, luxuries bring happiness. But Money is not directly the reason for Happiness.
- Having enough is Happiness, having too much is stress.
It goes without saying that all of these viewpoints and even some not listed do not keep in mind what is really the issue worth addressing, which is standard of your current life and quality of life. By phrasing this question, you can find out if people live in favorable conditions or fail conditions by using a simple theory.
If you live a life where you have enough money to be providing for your needs and wants, you are happier than the one who is not.
It sounds easy to understand, but keep in mind that everyone confuses this with asking what
happiness really is. It's not a decision that making money makes you attain happiness or that happiness is superior to
money and you should take the lesser half of the portion that you have choice to take. This depends solely on your
provisions and what resources you have available - For example - A son of a rich man can take all the termed happiness
he wishes to pursue as he has no detriments, if his life goes wrong anywhere, he has his father's money to rely on.
Safely saying the real happiness does not lie in money even if money is being used to cushion his falls.
On the other hand, a son of a poor man tells you money brings you happiness because he is in an unhappy situation, never having enough for anything and always in the need for money, but he does not believe money directly means happiness.. he just needs it in order to be content enough to chase his desires that make him happy.
In reality, Wealth itself is a treasure trove of oppotunities and resources which will be
made available for you. There is actually a lot of happiness in attaining money, even if money itself is not the key to
happiness. Where is the focal point here?
It is used to help people cope with their lives so they can pursue happiness, in some sense money is a building block of happiness but is not directly related to it or the answer to it. Money must be coupled with many other facets of life to bring you happiness, by which it has little to no exception.
Other problems concerning why people believe Money does not bring happiness is because people commonly use money to bring unhappiness to themselves. By winning a lottery and blowing all the money in stocks, losing all of it causes you discord and unhappiness, therefore forming a frame of mind that money destroy more than what it creates.. when in reality your actions with the money was the problem, not wealth itself.
Pretty shortened for a summary of my thoughts, but money does buy happiness for you is the conclusion, keeping an open mind on the topic, it does mean that taking the higher paying job would guarantee you better chances at happiness than you would with a minimum wage job if you are smart enough to manage your assets. It is also vital for your future life to secure money in your bank account for your children, as an example, so worries for them would not affect your state of mind.
In my opinion, your life should never base questions over what brings happiness or debate over what brings it, because money is a mandatory things needed for happiness to be present in your life.
The only real factor in Life worth disputing over - is time.
This thread is also entirely Snicker's fault.