It’s beautiful. When it’s around it keeps me calm. When it’s not there, I panic. I need it to survive; to live. I want to surround myself with it. It supports me and I work for it.
I could be describing a relationship with a significant other. But I could also be talking about money. Does money make you happy? Will more money make you even happier? Studies show that having wealth or money alone cannot bring happiness. Happiness comes from how you make your money work for you and how satisfied you are with your life.
Instant gratification is the experience of pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment. You want something now and you’ll be happy the moment you get it. But does the happiness last? Studies suggest no. You are unlikely to sustain appreciation and happiness for a spur of the moment purchase. There is no buildup of emotions or excitement before the purchase is made. It is better to plan out purchases, in advance by setting a date and waiting a week or longer before you actually buy it. Now in a
Material Possessions vs. Experiences
Material possessions are often accumulated by instant gratification. Experiences
You don’t have to spend money on a weeklong trip just to feel happier longer. Try saving money by cooking more meals at home and then splurging (a little) on dinner at an amazing restaurant that makes your taste buds happy, but also brings an experience that is unforgettable. In the end, delaying gratification will help
Satisfaction and Money
There was a study done in 1978 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called “Lottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative?” It studied the happiness levels of lottery winners as well as victims of accidents that resulted in either becoming a paraplegic or quadriplegic. The study shows that right after a person wins the lottery their happiness increases tremendously and they are much more satisfied with their lives due to less stress with their finances. The accident victim
What we can take from this is that your happiness level with life is almost
Can You Have it All?
As much as one tries not to let money affect their happiness, it’s a difficult battle to win. This I can tell you: I do not have memories from purchasing the clothes I am currently wearing, but I can still remember the day and how I felt when I took my first trip to Disneyland at 6 years old. I remember meeting my favorite Disney characters, riding my first rollercoaster. I also remember my cousin’s cries and shrills on the way home because we did not get to ride the “
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