High price for happiness


      Money cannot buy happiness. That’s because happiness is an emotion without a price tag.

However,  a study conducted by the New York Times unveils that having more money has become increasingly associated with greater happiness.  

     While this is not necessarily the path to eternal joy, it has been proven to be a key factor in reaching a state of content for short periods of time. However, there are many prominent downfalls of having that knowledge in the forefront of your mind. This can be proven by tweaking the well-known statement, “Happiness cannot be bought with money.” 

     The sentence should not contain a negating word because profit can cause happiness. When considering the idea of whether money holds the essential key to obtaining the highest levels of content, a person should look to those who do not have it.  

     Homelessness, poverty, and the lack of the ability to provide for oneself are all negatively connotated words and phrases. In a study conducted by Harvard, researchers found that a quarter to one third of the homeless population dealt with a mental illness that stole their aspects of their joy.  

     Once these people begin to earn money, researchers say, they will increasingly become happier because most understand the value of what they are being given and fully comprehend where the money can take them.  

     Assume there is a person who feels satisfied with the idea of earning money by working. This person will grow addicted to the endless cycle of working hard to gain profit. As time goes on, this person will have to work harder to make about the same amount of money than they did before. The process will lead to them working tirelessly and relentlessly for the notion that their demanding work will help them financially. 

     This same person has been taught to pay for the necessities such as food, water, and shelter before spending their money on wants. Said person must use at least three quarters of their paycheck to lead a sustainable life that can continue to earn them money. They now have one quarter of their monthly earnings to spend on products that will make them increasingly happier.  

     Once all the money has been used, the cycle of working day in and day out will repeat for the person to obtain about a week’s worth of elation.  

    The common phrase can now be known as, “Happiness can be bought with money, but comes at a high price.” For the small cost of time and half one’s joy, one could potentially be brought out of this form of debt to a higher level of content.