You Can’t Find Happiness Through Money – Or Can You?


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Many people believe that money makes you happy. Though there is little evidence that you can find happiness this way, there is a way that money can lead to happiness.

 

How often have you had thoughts such as:

 

  • If only I could drive a fast sports car I would find happiness
  • If only I had an extra $500 a week in my salary then I would be happy
  • If only I won the lottery then I would be the happiest person I know
  • If only my parents would give me some money now instead of after they die then this would make me happy

Nobel Prize winner in economics Daniel Kahneman says:

 

“The belief that high income is associated with good mood is widespread but mostly illusory.

 

People exaggerate the contribution of income to happiness because they focus, in part , on conventional achievements when evaluating their life or the lives of others.”

 

However there is one way that money can make you happy.

 

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How to Save Money – Be Happy!


 

English: "Running with the seagulls"...

English: “Running with the seagulls”, Galveston, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Positive Psychology shows you the route to take in order to become happy.  Although few people count the cost of becoming happy in monetary terms, it is useful to ask the question:  How can being happy save me money?

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