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Money and Happiness

How many of you still believe that money an abundance of it, can bring you the joy you are seeking?

Last Thursday, August 2, USA Today ran an article If money doesn’t buy happiness.  How many of you still believe that money an abundance of it, can bring you the joy you are seeking?  Ya know what?  That’s the wrong attitude to have.  Money can’t make you happy.

Abundance?  Well that’s another issue.  That’s why many people ask NOT for money, but for abundance in their lives.  One quote that deeply resonates with me from the above linked article states:
But even before the economic crisis took hold, Americans faced a possible paradox that suggests money cannot buy happiness: U.S.wealth per capita has soared in recent decades (if not in recent years), but Gallup and other surveys suggest Americans might not be any happier.

This doesn’t surprise me in the least.  I’ve always felt and have written here on multiple occasions, that if given the choice I’d rather make a little less money and be happy with my job, love my job than be making money hand over fist and be miserable.

See?  This is a prime example of someone making an obscene amount of money, but if they are unhappy then what is the sense of life?

This quote from the same linked article:
For these reasons, states and cities also are putting well-being — a broader version of happiness — on the public agenda. Vermont enacted legislation in May to compile a new measure of the state’s “economic, environmental and societal well-being,” akin to Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator, which includes the value of housework and the cost of lost leisure time.

Civic groups in several U.S. cities — led by Seattle in 2010 and followed by Wisconsin’s Eau Claire and California’s Nevada City — have launched happiness initiatives. They ask residents to take a survey and use the results to offer community activities intended to lift spirits.
puts me in mind of Lionel Ketchian, who actually started a movement in the Fairfield, Connecticut that now has a worldwide reach.  Happiness Clubs, while sounding silly, kitschy, weird have actually done much good.  Focusing on ways to create more joy, more positive aspects of life, they’ve been a positive boon for a segment of the population.

There are so many resources available to those people seeking a positive path.  From blogs, to online newsletters to meetings such as The Worldwide Happiness Clubs.  We simply have to seek them out and WANT to seek them out.

Are you willing to go somewhere new?  Somewhere out of your comfort zone, if it provides a positive outlook?

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

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Tasha Collins August 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Wish that were true, unfortunetly tell that to someone who can't afford braces for their kids teeth, or their mortgage because of being laid off, health insurance, a dinner or a vacation in 10 years, Christmas presents for your family, new cloths for back to school a college education. Having your car fixed without major stress or any emergency where your first thought is, how am I going to pay for it. Money alleviates stress, and unless you like living with stress, money sure does buy happingess.
Beth Crowley August 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Tasha, You are correct in saying having money for the necessities and some of the niceties of life alleviates stress and can make one happier. However, what Chris and the studies he references are saying is having an abundance of money - beyond what we need to feel secure in life - doesn't necessarily make us happy. I have read studies that followed lottery winners that found once the initial excitement wears off they are no more happier, and in some cases are unhappier due to new pressures that have come from their unexpected wealth, than before they won. True happiness can only come from within not from outside forces including money. I've known people with minimal material wealth who were extremely content in life and I've known miserable rich people who had all the advantages but still weren't happy.

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