MONEY! MONEY!! MONEY!!! Could It be the Secret to Happiness?

The key to happiness lies in appreciating what we have and the value we add to others rather than elevating our status, acquisitions and possessions.

*Musical* money money money, must be funny in the rich man’s world; money money money always sunny in the rich man’s world *musical*.

Can money really solve it all?

What is Money?

Money is defined as a medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; it is basically a means of getting what we need/want/desire.
In recent times however, money has become the measure for a lot of things including an individual’s worth, affluence and importance in the society. The tussle for relevance has put many under great pressure to amass as much money as they can in their lifetime to almost justify their existence or importance.

Many of us whilst on the money chase begin to lose value for the simple and important things of life such as your presence at your son’s football game or your daughter’s open-day at school or a weekend visit to your aged parents. The irony of the money chase is that with every arithmetic increase in money gained, there is an exponential increase in desire for more money and so the money chase can be compared to a hamster on a wheel; you keep chasing it yet with every acquisition you just keep on running instead of stopping to enjoy just a little.

Do not get it wrong, money is good, it is important and essential for access to quality healthcare, education and the finer things of life. The mode of acquiring and spending the money is just as important as the money being spent.

If all your waking moments are spent chasing money, you will definitely miss out on those dear moments in life. Spending hours/days/weeks/months away from those who love you is setting yourself up for eternal loneliness because at some point your tangible gifts would no longer mean much and your loved ones would have gotten used to your not being around and no longer interested in spending time with you, making you aloof in terms of their personal life (their goals/aspirations and achievements).

Research shows that spending money on experiences such as family vacation or helping those in need provides more lasting happiness than acquiring material items; the latest must have consumer product.

Yes it is good to spoil yourself every now and then but when your aim of chasing money is not necessarily to add value but to acquire tangibles you are setting yourself up for short lived happiness, because there would always be a newer model of whatever it is you have just acquired.

Rather than do the hamster chase, why not chase the money and at the same time pursue an activity (sport or hobby) from which you can derive pleasure.

Take out time for that family holiday, attend your child’s school drama/recital, visit an elderly family member/friend or an orphanage, spend time in the garden with your wife/husband, go on family trips, teach your children the values of life and meaningful relationships not just the price of things.

When it is all said and done, the key to happiness lies in appreciating what we have and the value we add to others rather than elevating our status, acquisitions and possessions.