Money doesn’t buy happiness. We’ve all heard that one and it seems reasonable. Happiness comes from within, from leading a fulfilling life full of fulfilling relationships and meaningful achievements. And money can’t buy those things.
What money can buy is freedom from the things that bring unhappiness.
Things like hunger, or constant I’m about to get sodomized danger. When you have money, you can always get food, you’ll never worry about safety or security because money buys freedom from these concerns. And as Abraham Maslow demonstrated with his pyramid of human needs, once the base requirements the physiological and the safety needs are taken care of. We can begin to focus on the things that do bring happiness, like fulfilling relationships, and meaningful employment.
So you see I don’t want money to buy happiness, I want money so I can provide myself with the opportunity to develop it.
I want money so I can go do the things I dream about. Like spending a summer learning parkour and Muay Thai in Ho Ming city while living as an expat. Or backpacking through South America with a friend or two and soaking up another culture free from the decadent resort atmosphere I’ve experienced thus far.
These are experiences that would hone self understanding and allow me to live as a truer version of myself. That coincidentally is also the key to happiness.