Money is a strange thing. It is used to acquire other things and people regard it as hugely important. Money also has a lot of consequences. It causes violence and even poverty. Quite odd, a materialistic thing that can cause wars and other negative effects. We have all heard someone say that money doesn’t make you happy, but is that really the case? I think it depends on the way you look at it.
As I said, money buys you things. You need food, you pay for it with money. You need shelter, which is also paid with money. To enrich yourself, become better at something, you need resources like school, a guitar, or something like that. This can be purchased with money. So in some sense, you need money, otherwise you won’t survive. But I think the saying that money doesn’t make you happy comes in when more money is involved. More money than you require. People who have top jobs, people who are successful in the music-, gaming, or sports industry, in short; people who have access to a world which allows them to gain a lot of money. You often see those people being the richest. They have more money than a regular human would need. They might become greedy, desiring even more money. Some spend money on bad things, like alcohol, drugs, parties that are outrageous, prostitution, you name it, there are a lot of bad things money can buy. Now, those things, they are often a result of either having too much money and not knowing what to do with it, or being unhappy and needing/wanting happiness. In those cases, money doesn’t really make one happy. They think it does, but it doesn’t fill the emptiness, the need for happiness.
On the other hand, money can make us happy. Imagine all the people, who don’t have a lot of or don’t have any money you can help, the progress that can be made in developing or enhancing things like housing conditions, cures for diseases, or ecological matters, or something like that. Using your money to do that can give you enormous satisfaction. It can lead to happiness, because it makes you feel good. You have done something good, you’ve helped others and contributed to positive things, which might lead to happiness. Also, helping your family financially, giving them gifts (can be expensive gifts, but people tend to turn into spoiled brats) can lead to one being happy. Inviting people over to your house, be it a huge expensive house or not, and having fun with them is also a great way of becoming happy. Buying things for yourself can, of course, also make you happy. Something that you’ve really wanted, something you need, a videogame, or chocolate.. The thing you have to be alert of is not turning into a spoiled brat yourself, having nothing to satisfy you.
In the end, the thing that matters is you. How you handle money, what you do with it and how it controls you. You’re the one in charge of your own happiness and you know best what makes you happy and what not. Keep that in mind.
Have a jolly day!