Money = Happiness
I have always believe in the equation above until I reach a point where no matter how much money I have, I could never reach the “total happiness” that I dream about often. I bet each and every one of you has gone through a similar experience like me.
For example, when you were in your early 20’s, having a RM4000 salary per month plus RM100,000 in savings would be the ultimate goal to make you happy. Several years later, these amounts do not seem enough and instead you set a higher target. Let’s say earning RM6000 per month and having RM500,000 to your name. This would definitely raise the level of your happiness, right? Not necessarily.
In a survey done in the USA, people who made $10,000 a year were asked the question, “Who is wealthy and happy?” The response was “People who is making $50,000 a year.” Next, the people who made $50,000 a year were asked the same question. Their response was “People making $100,000 a year.” What do you think the response of the people who made $200,000 a year? Their response was “People making a few millions a year.”
Well, you get the picture. People tend to keep pushing the bar higher and higher which is what most of us do and this is what I do as well.
The real happiness
A person by the name of Dan Baker, Ph.D., stated that “happiness is a side effect of living life in a certain way.”
Happiness is not about getting more money or more things. Happiness is not in the things that you obtained using your money. You will actually find happiness when you live well in your own condition or situation and living a meaningful and fulfilling life. A person needs more than money or things to be happy such as having love, health, spirituality, humor, purpose, optimism, etc. All these characteristics are closely associated with happiness.
Therefore, I have conscientiously stop associating happiness with money and giving equal importance to other aspects to ensure living a balance and meaningful life. If you have money but lack certain things like love and a fulfilling relationship with your family, life will certainly not be as happy and joyful as you want it to be.
Hence if you have been doing the same thing, equating money with real happiness, it is time to stop.