I get it, money doesn’t literally buy happiness, but it depends on what your definition of happiness is. 99% of people’s definition of happiness is something that you have to pay for.
Like if you have to travel anywhere to feel happy you are spending money in some capacity. Whoever says that money can’t buy happiness literally doesn’t know what life is like without money. If you don’t have a lot of money, then having money will make you happy, but if you have been in an environment where you’ve had money all of your life, then it won’t buy happiness. I’d rather be unhappy on a private jet than trying to worry about rent.
- For lower-income people, the increase in money is buying financial stability (reducing financial insecurity), which is the cause of much unhappiness. Once that is eliminated, money really can’t buy happiness
- As a person that was unemployed and scored a 120k job this year.. yeah, it makes a big goddamn difference
- I think the key is “enough money”. A happy working-class family has enough to be happy, even if they can’t afford luxury trips
- If you’re poor like most, if you get a little bit of money it is rewarding and life-enhancing. Then if you go up a rank and get even more money coming in, people start comparing themselves to others. They are happy to be getting more money than most, but the upward trajectory of their income, means they start comparing themselves to millionaires.
- This is how I see it. I was not the most happy when I held the highest paying job of my entire life. Money opens doors. But it does not guarantee happiness.
- Having money can take away money related stresses which will make you happier, but it doesn’t “add” happiness beyond that point like say a loving partner would. I earned less than $20k but didn’t have much money related stress as a uni student and I was just as happy as I am now with a decent salary after graduating. If I was earning <$20k with two kids I definitely wouldn’t have been so happy.