Can Money Buy Happiness?

Can Money Buy Happiness? That seems to be an age old question, but one that does not have a definitive answer. Of course, no two people’s lives are the same, and there is no universal idea of just what signifies happiness.

However, money has its appeals and people have done all manner of nefarious things over the ages in pursuit of it. We are certainly in that sort of era right now, where the wealthiest percentage of the population continually bends the laws so that their share of the pot increases, while everyone else’s goes down. That raises the question: just how much money do you need to be happy? Isn’t being a millionaire more than enough? How about a billionaire? There never seems to be a limit for people when it comes to money: they just want more. And more and more and more.

That would seem to indicate that money does indeed buy happiness. However, there also seem to be plenty of unhappy rich people per capita. At the very least, that indicates that there is no set amount for happiness.

However, that also doesn’t account for stories you hear about people who have very little, but also state that they are happy with their lot in life. The difference between these individuals, and an increasing amount of the human race, is that they have enough to fulfill their basic needs. When that is not the case, money becomes a curse: something you desperately need, even when life has you at a point where acquiring it is very difficult. Generations of families find themselves in seemingly endless cycles of poverty brought about, in most cases, by no true fault of their own.

So, I don’t have an answer for the question of money and happiness. I do know, however, that each person should be allowed to have enough of it to get the basic necessities. That will at least start them on the road to happiness.