Every day people put in time and energy to obtain money. Whether this income comes from a 9-5 job or from selling stuff on eBay from home, everybody can agree that we all need money. Money is what provides our shelter and food for our families. It is what can keep us out of the chains of debt and with enough of it we can have almost anything we want. Money seems like it could be a fix-all for just about anything. Is it possible that this man made currency could be the key to happiness?
Many people associate money with being the root of all evil but how can a material object not capable of thinking be the root of all evil? It is not the money but the love for money that humans develop that is the root of all evil. After all, aren’t humans responsible for the creation of money in the first place? This abundant source of paper found everywhere in society has been given the illusion of scarcity. This creates a high demand for it and then all businesses advertise to try and get a chunk of everybody’s share.
This constant advertising by every business out there causes the average person to see 3000 ads per day. These are accumulated by watching TV, walking into a store and even driving down the street. While we forget 99% of all advertisements that we see, the connection that is made subconsciously is that money can buy just about anything. After all, these businesses are only advertising to get your money and if you have enough, you can buy whatever they are selling.
The idea of having anything you want is very appealing. Many people struggle with wanting what they cannot have and many times, money is seen as the key to everything. As money buys more and more of what we want, an association between money and what we want starts to form in our mind. If someone finds something that can give them everything they want, they may develop a (material) love for that thing. In many cases this love is attributed to money.
As soon as this love of money comes into play, it can grow exponentially at a very fast rate. At first it does not take very much money to make someone happy. $1,000 is a substantial amount of money to buy a lot of things that one may want. This is not an enormous amount of money but enough to go to the store and buy the latest iPad along with a new set of clothes for the summer. These material things create bursts of short term happiness. Doesn’t everybody love to get new stuff?
These short term bursts of happiness start to be felt less and less with that initial $1,000. It was great at first but now these bursts of happiness are starting to require bigger and more expensive items for the same effect. The high that is felt (bursts of happiness) will never be as good as the first. It is obvious that all it takes is more expensive items and more money to feel those sensations once again and the only way to get those is by having more money. The more stuff that money gives someone, the easier it is for them to love that money.
The love of money can be a driving force that actually causes someone to become wildly successful, at least in the eyes of others. As someone starts to see bigger and bigger numbers on their bank account statements, it is more than possible for them to get addicted to money. All energy can be exerted towards achieving more money as this addiction becomes more extreme. While being a millionaire has many upsides, would it be worth what must be given up?
The addiction to money is a problem that many people struggle with. On the surface it seems as though this man made currency can fix just about anything but as the old saying goes, “money cannot buy true happiness”. There have been many examples where this addiction causes someone to bend their own values and principles. Friends have been lost, marriages have been ruined, prison time has been served and even death has resulted from bad choices influenced by an addiction to money. The love of money has more than the potential to turn in to an addiction, it is almost a certainty. Is it really worth it?
Money is definitely PART of the equation of happiness but it is by no means happiness itself. We need to be able to provide our minimal living requirements such as food, water and shelter to truly be happy but we do not need a mansion with a filled up 5 car garage to be happy. Keeping family and friends close as well as doing what you love are requirements for true happiness. Putting love into a material object that is not capable of returning this love will inevitably create greed. We have been warned many times in the past; do not put your love into money.
Find true happiness by discovering who you are as a person. Develop deep ties with your friends and family and find what you are good at doing. Constantly focus on providing value rather than the money that will be received in return. When you combine these things, money will follow. Becoming successful is about blending experimentation with persistence. While developing a deep love for money may get you more of it more quickly, you will lose the most important elements to happiness along the way.
When we approach the end of our lives as old and wise beings, we will have the ability to reflect upon our lives and see what we did wrong. If we develop a love for money that spirals out of control, our last days will be filled with sorrow and regret rather than happiness, support from family and friends and a sense of accomplishment. Your fate is in your own hands and there will be a time that you have to choose. Will it be the love of money or true happiness?
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