As the saying goes, “Money can’t buy you happiness.” Or can it? Having a sufficient amount of money can certainly lower stress, but having an excess of it will not make you more happy than anyone else. So can money buy you happiness or not? Here are a few thoughts to ponder on the subject.Money Can Buy You a Limited Amount of HappinessStudies have shown that yes, having enough money to meet your needs and those of your family does bring happiness. People living in poverty are generally less happy than those whose needs are met. Being able to pay for your bills and having enough to get by financially will help you succeed in feeling happy.Excess Money Doesn’t Equal Excess HappinessHaving more money than you need, however, will not bring you extra happiness. Money and happiness are not proportional. Someone with enough money to buy a large house and several cars will not necessarily have more happiness than another individual with exactly what they need. Look at the celebrities out there; many have multiple homes, cars, closets of clothes and shoes, etc. Are they happy? Some may be but a portion are not. You hear about them in the news – bankrupt, suicide, divorce. Having a surplus of money certainly does not always mean more happiness.Money Brings Stresses of Its OwnThere is stress that goes along with having money. Whether you have a little or a lot, you likely know about this stress. I certainly do understand as we try to figure out if we have the money to pay the bills or not. There is the stress of knowing you need to spend what you have wisely, as well as the fact that people with ulterior motives are drawn to those who are financially wealthy. Look at the lotto winners – they believe that money will help them with their troubles but generally it does not. People come out of the woodwork looking for a handout and some people end up going bankrupt again.Not About What Comes in But What Goes OutIt is not so much the amount of money that you make that ensures your happiness, but about what you are spending it on and where it is going on the way out. There are some principles for using money that can help you to feel more satisfied. Where you put your money and who receives it can make a difference as to whether you gained something by having had it.Spend on Experiences, Not ThingsBuying more things is not proven to make a person happy. Although investing in items that will last seems like a wise move, studies show that we tend to adjust to what we obtain. Having these things doesn’t continue bringing unlimited happiness.
We are more likely to have long-term happiness when money is spent on experiences, which will give us lasting memories. Whether this means going on vacation by yourself or with your family, or making time to do something fun every now and then… be sure to create experiences rather than purchasing something that will simply fade away over time. I love purchasing gift cards for experiences for my family as it is a time for us to spend time together or a time for them and their spouses to spend time. For instance, I had bought for my mom and myself a Coconut Oil hair treatment (neither of us had this treatment before) for her birthday. It was one of those Buy 1, get 1 free treatments! We got to spend the afternoon together and laugh about our greasy hair!Give It AwayGiving is one of the most satisfying things you can do with your money. Whether it is to charity or a friend in need, find a way to give back and share what you have. This is a way to spend that will bring long-term personal rewards.The short answer is no; you do not need money to be happy. Money can be useful, however, to prevent stress that can diminish the happiness that you do have. No matter what amount of money you have, use these tips to help achieve the level of happiness you desire, and live a life filled with joy.