Can money really buy happiness?


The Mirror reporter

Can money really buy happiness? Can it really be that simple? Is the key to happiness the relationship between money and joy, or does the route to happiness not involve money?

A research team at Harvard Business School conducted a study to see if money really could buy happiness. The team discovered that you really can become happier by paying others to do your “non-enjoyable” activities.

In this study, they found that whoever you are, you could be rich or poor and find happiness through money. If you feel pressed for time, you can find satisfaction making others do things for you.

The team conducted a survey and asked 4,500 people if they would pay others to do “time-consuming  daily tasks” in order to “free their time.”

In 28 percent of their cases, respondents answered yes. The surveyors spent an average of $147.95 per month to buy themselves extra time. What many of them had lost in currency, they made up for in happiness.Which poses the question again: Can money really buy happiness?

Which poses the question again: Can money really buy happiness?

Others say no, money cannot buy happiness. Many times, lottery winners are often assumed to be the happiest people alive. They assume that these winners really win the key to happiness when the scoop up millions of dollars.

A study was conducted of those who won the lottery and those who bought tickets and did not. The study found that people who won the lottery ended up no happier than those who had not.

The study showed that happiness isn’t obtained through a $3 lottery ticket and it isn’t through winning half a million either.

I believe that money can buy happiness when it comes to experiences. Money can buy your family memorable trips to Disney and to The Grand Canyon. But I don’t believe that money can buy you happiness through the “I Love Colorado” keychain you bought at the gas station. Will you remember the silly keychain? Or will you remember the experiences you had with your family? Money can buy you happiness through experiences, but money can’t buy you happiness through material objects.