Money, indeed, Does Not Buy Happiness

Going through all the regular articles this morning and BOOM, someone wrote an article about money does not buy happiness again, I am sure there are countless articles already but this is closer to heart, I have been saying this over and over to friends and to even people I meet on the streets, it is not the money that will bring you happiness but its the little things that makes one happy, As for me I don’t earn a grossly huge amount of money but I do earn enough for myself and my family, I feel there is a vacuum wanting more, but not of money but more of a quality life style, such as better air, better living space, etc etc

More and more people I meet seems to think of the same way these days, I meet Bahari yesterday at the Oakley Kayak session and he was young man starting out in his life, at a young age of 19th just fresh out of the army, he told me that “To Live life within means and that materials does not create happiness” well thats my words but yes in that context. So we got along and talked about life in our 2 hour kayak expedition moving along the shoreline of Sentosa with Mr Khoo Swee Chiow. (will post that on another day)

What about yourself? do you feel the same sentiment as mua or do you need lots and lots of money which will make you even happier , Do you think that Money will make you happier in the long run ?

Maria Loh, Reader

The Straits Times
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013

SINGAPORE – I agree with Mr Ng Chee Kheon (“Not surprising that most want slower pace of life”; last Wednesday) that in our almost single-minded quest for economic growth, we have become victims of our own success.

Surveys have found that Singapore, despite having one of the highest per capita gross domestic products in the world, is home to the world’s least positive-minded population.

In contrast, a 2012 study showed that three times as many people in war-torn Afghanistan said they were happy than unhappy, while the joie de vivre of Latin American countries such as Panama, though beset by many economic problems, is legendary.

These statistics make for sobering reading. They show that economic factors play only a relatively small part in people’s well-being and happiness.

In his book, Stumbling On Happiness, Harvard University professor of psychology Daniel Gilbert explains that wealth has a “declining marginal utility”, which means that “wealth increases human happiness when it lifts people out of abject poverty and into the middle class but that it does little to increase happiness thereafter”.

What are some other factors that play a prominent role in people’s sense of well-being?

Commuting ranks among people’s least-enjoyed activities.

Our rush-hour MRT rides and traffic jams are anything but pleasant.

Our obsession with so-called “retail therapy” is anything but therapeutic: Confronted with many choices, shopping can actually cause fatigue and buyers’ remorse.

Most importantly, people adapt to material goods.

The initial excitement over a new Birkin bag or BMW may not last longer than the credit-card debt taken out in their purchase.

However, indulging in experiences, such as a vacation or a meal with friends and family, tends to result in memories that grow richer with time, in that they are unique to each of us; something that a designer bag or car, no matter how exclusive, can never be.

Married couples are twice as likely to say they are happy than singles.

Volunteering and acts of kindness result in a happiness boost.

Being spiritual, such as having a religion or doing yoga and meditation, helps in relieving stress.

Our GDP may be the envy of the world, but it has come at a high price, with Singaporeans preoccupied with a surfeit of activities that may not result in happiness, and neglecting those that contribute to it.

Original Article can be found here at AsiaOne: Money, Indeed, Does not buy Happiness

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7 responses

  1. suannchonglee

    Reblogged this on Edibles and commented:
    A post completely unrelated to Food, but definitely a good read, and a MUST SHARE.

    11/09/2013 at 2:20 PM

  2. I make exceptional money today but I was absolutely less burdened when my wife and I were less, um, fortunate (?). The trick is that having money or a good income, used correctly, makes those fun memories easier to access. On the other hand, used incorrectly it creates the vacuum that you speak of. Great post!

    11/09/2013 at 4:40 PM

    • I know what you mean, I was happy when I was earning lesser, or maybe that time I was younger with less commitment.

      But what you say is right Jim, spot on. it all depends on self discipline, the more one knows the more one wants. Ride safe bro

      11/09/2013 at 6:28 PM

      • You too my friend.

        11/09/2013 at 6:58 PM

  3. Agree wholeheartedly. Actually I find that a lot of people I know are more concerned about material things than in pursuing true happiness. We need an exit plan from the rat race!

    12/09/2013 at 11:35 AM

    • Am surprise you still have lots of people still wanting material luxury to soothe their ego, well ok mine too as well. I for long have thought of living just enough, long were the days I gone to designer and their sales person know me by name. I wear simple free event t-shirts and sports watches now :) am truly happy.

      but I dont deny that people have their splurges, thats fine as long they know how to control ? Yes ? No ? anyway Have a great weekend you !

      12/09/2013 at 12:14 PM

  4. Reblogged this on Its only Carrots and commented:
    Reminder for myself.

    12/09/2013 at 8:27 PM

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