We’ve all heard that money can’t buy happiness. Some proof can be found in the number of lottery winners who had come upon tough times. Other proof may be had with all the difficulties that celebrities have. Many of them are far from being happy.
It was this thought that occurred to me on the way to work the other day. If there are rich people who aren’t happy and poor people who are very happy, it is possible that there is no correlation between wealth and happiness. If that is the case perhaps I should be writing a blog about how to achieve happiness instead of a blog about money.
The more I thought about it, there’s really no particular reason why I can’t do both. The problem I would have with trying to write about achieving happiness is that it’s so general, abstract, and reader specific that I would be little more than a motivational writer. However, by writing about money, I can give you concrete ideas that can at least give you a tool to in your quest for happiness.
It was just last week, where this was born out in a conversation with my oldest friend. We used to play John Madden Football for hours on end. With the release of a new version coming out this past week, we reminisced about so of our legendary video game battles. I asked if he still plays, and he responded that he does not. He lamented that he could not afford a Wii because he was too house poor.
I think of money as buying me a level of freedom. Perhaps that includes a purchase of the Wii where I can spend quality time with my wife playing tennis. Perhaps that freedom is the ability to retire early and spend more time traveling the world. Perhaps that freedom will be getting our future children great education.
In the end, there are infinite possibilities of what we might do with enough money. Having those options may go a long way towards making us happy.