So I begin this by stating that I was doing my own research to see if there’s been a study on money “buying” or being part of happiness. I came across a blog http://richhabits.net/rich-habits-official-blog/. Thomas C. Corley spent five years studying the habits and behaviors that 177 self made millionaires, and 233 poor people learned from there parents. This was after reviewing a survey conducted that found that 80% of American adults suffer and struggle from being jobless, living in poverty, and relying on welfare assistance, for at least a portion of their lives. Obviously this stress has to wreak havoc on the children as well. And so his study began. And so my thoughts began….
Happiness isn’t about money or no money. Happiness is state of mind created by the perceiver. Depending on who you ask or speak to, this will change immensely. If you ask a mother, she may find her happiness in the way she fulfills her children, a sparkle in their eye. If you ask a single man, he may say quietness on a lake, while he throws his line to catch his dinner for that star filled evening.
There are basic needs to be met by every human. Whether you study Tony Robbins and the six core needs he identifies, or Maslow’s Hierachy of Basic Needs, there are essential needs to meet. These needs do not require money. What I’ve found when speaking with people that have pursued growing their bank account or cash flow, is that in order to do so more times than not they met their basic needs. In creating that balance and pursuing their own growth (a need by both Maslow & Robbins), they develop their own happiness, as well as a large bank account. The happiness is not found in the money. There too, are many people that have the luxury of money, without a priority of needs being met. I believe then it is fair to say that money cannot by happiness. It may prove to be your immediate fix for a quick happy bit, but true, deep happiness is not present, and at some point the realization will be met and felt.
Poverty or even low funding in life can create many, many feelings. Today’s society has much opportunity and little opportunity for financial growth, and that is a frustration in itself. That being said some of us are born into poverty, some of us create it for ourselves….at times trying to buy happiness, and some of us have to always push to keep our head above water. Being in the position to constantly push brings about constant stress and struggle, unless you manage it well. If you do not meet your basic, or core life needs, then true happiness will not be found. It can be very difficult when the struggle to keep a home, energy bills, kids clad in the clothing that they deem acceptable, medical bills paid, car paid, and all the rest are present. Money can make it easier to focus on taking care of your needs. You however cannot buy the power to fulfill those needs, so please do not get confused.
My point of all things written above is to get you to explore….are your needs met? Read more about essential needs. Are you holding yourself back from fulfilling them?
Money can make life easier, and if you’ve connected with happiness, maybe even happier. It cannot buy our essential needs of life. In pursuing money we are able to meet some of these needs. Just understand core happiness is not money, in my belief anyway.