Money Doesn’t Equal Happiness

October 14, 2017 in Self-Development

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.

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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.

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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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  • Allie Mackin October 15, 2017 at 12:32 am

    No money does not buy happiness that is for sure. True happiness is within and usually comes from feeling, fulfilled, contented and loved and happy with ones self. That said money does make life a lot easier.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  • Courtney Hardy October 15, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I could not agree with you more! If people look for happiness in money you’ll never feel fulfilled. And I see it so much an Instagram everyday. It seems like so many people are wearing designer things, and acting like everything is perfect when life is not perfect.

    • Hayley @ October 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

      So true Courtney! I am always having Instagram ‘clear outs’ to get rid of the people doing this. I feel some people use their things as a sense of achievement when actually it doesn’t make you feel fulfilled at all, they will have a hard time when they realise this in future. I found some really interesting videos on Youtube where Celebrities talk about fame & money, it is so eye-opening xx

  • a n d i ✨ October 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I definitely agree that money doesn’t equal happiness – I was working myself half dead at my last job, earning really good money, but I wasn’t happy! I’m unemployed at the minute, but I’m definitely mentally in a better place and would rather work a job for less pay that I love, than kill myself over something that doesn’t make me happy.. ?

  • Hayley @ October 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    OMG literally the same here. I was working about 60 hours in my last job.. yeah the money was great but what’s the point if you are miserable and have no time to spend it! xx

  • Hayley @ October 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks so much for reading Hannah xx

  • Eva October 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    This is SUCH a good post! It’s so so true and I loveeee that bob marley quote. Whilst I also agree with that saying ‘money might not buy you happiness, but neither does poverty’, as in, we can’t deny that no having money can be extremely difficult, I do agree that in this social media world where we’re just surrounded by consumerism and expensive things, it can be easy to view these as the hallmarks of success, when they’re really not. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and realise that we are ok, we don’t necessarily need more in monetary terms, as it might not actually be the thing to solve all our problems, money rarely is.

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