Big Question: Does Money Buy Happiness?

This is a big question, one which I am probably not qualified to answer in any sort of official way, but it’s interesting to think about anyways.

I think it’s fair to say that if you are in a constant state of financial worry, you’ll find it hard to be happy. But there are also very wealthy people who aren’t happy either. So clearly money doesn’t buy happiness the same way it buys a pair of shoes or a loaf of bread. But money can buy peace of mind and fun, which are important to happiness. Money can make your day to day life easier, less stressful and more enjoyable, all of which contribute to happiness. Money can’t buy friends or family, though, which are, according to some psychologists, the most important factor defining happiness.

I think it depends on how you spend your money, whether or not it buys some happiness. Many studies have shown that people who spend on experiences tend to be happier than people who spend on things. So if you buy a nice meal with a loved one you’ll be happier than if you bought another pair of shoes. Or if you spend your money of scuba diving lessons and then go to Cozumel you’ll be happier than if you buy every twelve laptops. And of course this is very dependent on the individual. A techie might like the twelve laptops better than the trip to Cozumel. But in general, buying lots of things will only lead to clutter and stress about mess while buying experiences leads to fun and great memories.

So I guess my take on it is that money can sort of buy happiness. It can at least by spent in a way that will contribute to your happiness, rather than taking away from it.

Procrastination…

Have you ever noticed how you you always procrastinate on doing things that you know will make you happy in the long term? Wait…am I the only one who does this? Oops. Well, here goes…

I leave my clothes on the floor in the corners after I take them off, even though living in a clean space is so much less stressful for me. Why do I do that? Some kind of preverse self sabotage? Laziness in the evening? The thought that if I leave them on the floor overnight they somehow become cleaner and I can put them back in my closet without feeling bad? Pretty sure I’m not the only person who does that.

Regardless of the reason, I know that keeping my room clutter free helps me relax, but I somehow find it impossible to actually put my stuff away right when I take it off, prefering to wait until there’s a small pile and then put it all away at once. And I’m torn about whether I should force myself to be more responsible about this or should just cut myself some slack. Because as it is, I have two things to feel badly about- leaving my clothes on the floor and then being upset with myself for leaving them there. All I know for sure is that making myself feel bad about the same thing twice is certainly not the way to go. If this is the only thing I procrastinate about that’s really pretty good!

Of course, I do actually procrastinate about other things too but that’s not relevant. I suppose the main point is that being nicer to myself in general wouldn’t go amiss. More on that later…