Amanda Boucher Mrs.. Mellon AP English January 24, 2015 Does Money Really Bring Happiness? John Locke once stated that all men have the right to life, liberty, and property . The author of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, changed this s tenement to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. People have the constitution al right to be joyful and therefore strive for it, but what is it that really brings people glee? Many people believe that the answer to this question is simply money. They think that the more money they have, the happier they will be, but is this necessarily true?
Can a 2 by 6 inch bill I really be all it takes to bring delight? Although money can buy materials and experiences the at can bring fleeting happiness, it cannot bring lasting joy. What makes you happy? To answer this question, some may respond by saying g a new car or a bigger house but none of this will bring them lasting happiness. This s a difficult question to answer because in many cases, people don’t even know what will make them satisfied, really satisfied. There is a circulating idea of consumerism, the thought that consuming more is advantageous to the buyer.
People are misled by strategic subliminal advertising techniques to believe that useless gadgets will make them a Bette r person or improve them in a variety of ways. The media no longer sells a product but in stead an idea that the item will cause some sort of change. For example, according to the m Edie, when buying makeup you are not just buying mascara, you are buying the captivate Eng Smokey eyed look of Angelina Joliet or the sultry smile of Kim Sardinian. This illogical though HTH process brings on unnecessary spending with the false pretense that the possessions will bring joy. They have blurred the differences between necessities and luxuries. Explain s Michelle Singletree in her book Spend Well, Live Rich. When we buy what we need we a re satisfied, otherwise we are left wanting more. Imagine this, one day you come home from work and find that lottery ticket y I’ve forgot about in your car from your birthday 8 months ago. You decide you’re f lining lucky and finally scratch it off. You see three matching cherries with the prize $1. 000,000 underneath. Your eyes light up brighter than ever before and you scream in excitement.
Y oh are elated by your winnings and dream of everything you can buy with your new riches. Nat aurally, you’re overjoyed, but you will find that the zeal you are feeling will soon wear off. On CE you spend your million on a new car or an expensive trip to Italy, you will be left with an empty wallet and a pair of hands that are ever grasping for more. Too many people believe that buying the newest phone or Oxbow will bring them delight, yet this is not always true. Mat aerial possessions bring happiness, but only for a short amount of time.
Studies by Ryan Howell, professor of psychology show that once people buy themselves something nee w, they are excited at first, until they adapt to the new item being around. Once this happy en’s, there is only one way to feel the same way and this is with something else fresh and new. Sure, it may seem that money will solve this problem because you will always be able to b ay what you want, but this is untrue. When the urge for the newest item emerges, the cycle e just repeats itself over and over again. It is a vicious cycle that has no true end because so meeting new will always be hitting the markets and people will always long to have them.
B naming Franklin once stated, “The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a Vic mum, it makes nee. ” Not even a gargantuan pile Of money as high as a skyscraper can sustain n this constant want. It is not wrong to say that money will bring happiness, but when it com sees to a quest for lasting joy, money is not the answer. To really see if money brings joy, take a look at those who possess it. Celebrities sees, for example, are swimming in the cash they have but is their life filled with bliss? Famous singer Whitney Houston dealt with drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression all throw shout her life.
Her life was abruptly ended when she allegedly committed suicide through a rug overdose in her hotel bathtub on February 11 , 2012. Robin Williams, beloved actor and co median, ended his own life by hanging himself on August 1 1 , 2014 after years of struggling WI the depression and anxiety. Kurt Cabin, lead singer of the band Nirvana, suffered from a he iron addiction, depression and bipolar disorder during his lifetime and committed suicide by a gunshot on April 5, 1994. If money really did bring happiness, these heartbreaking stories would not have ended in such a sorrowful way.
These amazing people were living proof that money is not all t takes to live an enjoyable life. They had the money, but they were left with UT the pleasure of life. Surely, these three tragic examples do not show the wonderful lives the at some celebrities have, but it is an unmistakable fact that there are many that live mi sharable lives. Physiological studies have proven that there are seven virtues that lead to a Pl secants life. These virtues include caring for others, exercise, relationships, discovering g one’s strengths, having a constant flow, finding a meaning and having a positive out look.
Number one on the list is relationships. A relationship can range from two coworkers who occasionally spend their lunch periods together, to a husband and wife who have been ma ride for 50 years. Researchers De Dinner and Martin Salesman conducted a study on “POS dative psychology” where they recorded levels Of happiness in students. They notice d that students scoring the highest in levels of joy all shared the characteristic of having strong g ties with friends and family. Discovering one’s strengths is also important to lifetime jog y.
Research by Lonely, Nielsen, Gillette, and Bastardies in 2010 indicates that those whose j bobs, legislations, or hobbies involve the use of their strengths experience the MO SST satisfaction. For example, someone who is talented when it comes to working with children n may experience the most joy in a job such as a teacher. It is evident that playing to one’s strengths instead of focusing on weaknesses improves overall wellbeing. Using these seven virtues or other means, one can achieve true happiness wit hoot a need for money.
It has been proven that money can prove contradictory in the e quest for joy in some cases. A study by Terrier Robust stated that seven out of every ten married couples reported that money caused tension in their relationship. Money has also bee n seen to cause other problems in family life, such as that shown in a poll by the Center for a New American Dream. This study reported that one third of all parents work more around the e holidays to earn extra money. By doing this, they lose precious time with their family and friend ads that they can never earn back.
A hope for money causes a gap to form in the family. In Orb Cush’s study, she stated that disputes over money are the hardest for a relationship to recover from and many peoples will avoid the topic altogether. Money causes tension and stress to air SE in the household setting and takes away from time that could be spent enjoying the company of family. If instead of quarreling about whether extra money should be spent o n a new television or saved, people sat down appreciated one another, they would experience m ore joy than the new television or the money could have brought.
Those with a minimum wage job or one that only brings in enough salary to s crape by may argue that many of their worries would go away if they had money. They old be able to dine on filling meals three times a day without a second thought about the bill. They could send their children to college and dress them in decent clothes if only they ha d the money. They would never need to fret about whether or not they will have the funds t o pay next month’s rent if they had money. Sufficient wealth makes life much easier but it does not mean that those who do not have much are unhappy.
Cline Don grew up in a house old that lacked great riches yet she was never blue. “We were given love and affection and support. What else did we need? Stated the singer. Money is a natural want. If you offered anyone you meet a dollar there is no d bout that they will accept. Having money or wanting money does not make anyone a tee rebel person but neither does lacking money. Money can buy experiences such as trips and Vic actions and materials such as phones and televisions. These items and trips are desired b y many, but people do not realize that acquiring these will not bring happiness they long t o have.