I am sure we have all heard the phrase money doesn’t equal happiness. Today, I want to discuss it in a little bit more detail. My thoughts on this phrase have definitely changed over the past couple of years. I used to believe that lots of money and being able to buy things I want would make me happy. Growing up I would envy those on social media that had designer items, the latest technology & cars. Don’t get me wrong, I still love these things now but I am very aware that these things alone will not make me happy.
The truth is if your happiness lies within money and material items. You will never find it because you will never have enough. There will always be something else or something new and you will believe if you have it, you will be happy.
The Social Media Illusion
Part of the issue is the influence that social media has on us. Websites such as Instagram do not reflect a true image of how life is. All we see is what that person has chosen to show us. Let’s be honest, we want to show our good moments. But before we know it, we are trapped in the illusion and start comparing our own lives. For example, if someone is posting happy pictures then their new car and designer items. We will instantly associate those items with happiness, which makes us believe that we need it.
I believe happiness comes with knowing and liking who we are as a person. It also comes from a strong support network of family and friends. Money can increase the quality of life, but this does not mean that if you have loads of it you will be happy. You also need the things money can’t buy and we need to feel like we have a purpose in life in order to achieve a sense of fulfilment. This is either channelled through a career or simply by a hobby that we are passionate about.
I feel that it is so easy to focus on what we don’t have when we feel stressed or unhappy. We believe all the things we don’t have will make our life easy and ‘perfect’. Instead, we need to focus on being grateful for what we already have. It is possible, through hard work, to build yourself a career which will enable you to live comfortably. So don’t worry if right now, you aren’t where you want to be. It is good to have dreams and goals. They keep us motivated.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree that money doesn’t equal happiness?
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