Money is an important part of our lives. It affects us in all areas, either directly or indirectly. Money can affect our relationships, our career choices, and so on. What thoughts come to your mind when you think about money?
Many of us are accustomed to think negatively about money. We have heard from our parents that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” Perhaps you have been told that the rich are greedy and you automatically avoid wealth.
The truth is, money is not good or bad. Money is often used for good things more often than for bad. Think of the charities that help people all over the world with large donations. Money is an important tool in our lives, and is often used for positive changes in the world.
But can money make you truly happy?
Money is just an idea. A piece of paper with a creative design we give a certain value that is accepted by all. With money alone you cannot buy happiness. Money doesn’t keep friendships or makes you a better person. But money you spend wisely can influence your happiness.
We all know the saying “Money corrupts the character.” But money is not meaningless. It helps you lead a more comfortable life. It’s like with your health; you only worry about it if you don’t have it. The most valuable luxury money can buy is that when you have it you don’t have to worry about.
Safety derives from money and is therefore responsible for positive emotions. Money can protect you from negative circumstances. The best doctors cost money. A relaxing holiday must be paid for, as well as someone who helps you with your work, so you have more time for leisure activities. An advertising agency wants to make sure you buy as much of the products or services, they work on. Money gives you the freedom to decide.
As Groucho Marx puts it, “Money frees you from doing things you dislike.”
Money should never be the most important thing in life. It can however enhance your life if you spend it properly. Above all, your happiness depends on what are you doing with your money. Do you spend it on things that increase your overall well-being? Although newly acquired things bring you joy for a moment, this happiness gets lost in time because you quickly get accustomed to them.
According to Mignon McLaughlin’s The Second Neurotic’s Notebook published in 1966, we all know what to do when a burglar asks “your money, or your life?” But we don’t know what to say when God demands it from us.
If you spend your money on your relationships with partners, family and friends, your health and unforgettable moments, money can make your life truly happy.