money vs. happiness
Keith and I had a really interesting conversation a few days ago about money and happiness.
Truthfully I was convincing him that we needed to buy a Powerball ticket! The jackpot was $300 million and I figured I couldn’t win if I didn’t play.
I am sorry to say that I am not $300 million richer. Sigh.
But I digress. I made a comment to Keith about how I didn’t think money made you happy but I thought it made happiness easier to come by. My reasoning for this was that sometimes I think what makes me the most unhappy is financial stress. So I reasoned that if I had millions of dollars I wouldn’t have that burden and would therefore be a little more happy.
Keith said that he didn’t believe that. He believes that the bigger the fortune the bigger your financial stress is. You have all the money and depending on where it is (stock market, investments, etc…) it may cause you stress.
But wait, I chimed in, what about the single mom who has thee kids, a minimum wage job and worries constantly about how she will feed her children towards the end of the month. Surely her financial stress is greater than say, Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, right??
Keith didn’t agree. Thereby saying that if I think more money = less financial stress = happiness that I was wrong. We never did convince the other one that we were right! ha! 😉
So what do you think?
Does more money make happiness easier to come by?
Or does more money equal greater financial stress?