Money can’t buy you happiness. Yeah, agreed…it’s true. But can poverty buy you happiness then? Can it?
The answer is most definitely a resounding NO! And why just happiness? Poverty can’t buy you anything…not food, not shelter, not clothing…hence definitely not happiness either! Hence, I have a problem with this proverb in the first place.
Wait, if you are starting to think that I am the mean minded miser who only counts money and doesn’t care about anything else, that’s far from the fact. I am very much the balanced person who values both the little happy and romantic nuances of life, values hard work as well as believes in living comfortably.
Infact, I’m probably a little too balanced or practical than many and thus have a problem with that above statement. I mean why this misplaced negativity about money? The statement is all too common and if I may dare to say so, an all too common a justification for the lazy who would not want to use their potential in doing something worthwhile (assuming they have it).
So why this negativity?
‘Money can’t buy happiness’’ essentially means that something else can…and that something has to be something that’s not money or may be the opposite of money…so in our little human minds, we summarize that having no money is then okay.
But is it?
If we were to rephrase this statement and say it out loud what the sentence secretly tries to say…and that is…poverty can buy happiness. So I ask you friends…is that true?
The only thing poverty can (perhaps) save you from is the added worry about how much to save, where to invest and the tax implications. Other than that…what does poverty save you from? I dare ask.
When your little house needs repair
You might argue that a little house beside the river with your loved ones is a happier and more peaceful existence than a glass facade high-rise on a congested cosmopolitan city with people with plastic smiles all around. Okay, but what about when your little house needs repair and you can’t afford it and the roof eventually caves in?
What about the times when your loved ones fall sick and you can’t pay to save them? What about the times your kids want better education or to pursue their passion and you can’t support. Money might not buy happiness all the time, but let’s face it…neither does poverty and in far lesser instances than the former! Isn’t it always better to be rich than poor or let say better to be working and aspiring towards a comfortable life style rather than justifying being poor and helpless?
What you should be doing instead…
Trash that proverb! Yes I mean it! Such negativity is not needed in life, really. Be practical. You need money in life to be comfortable and to be happy. It might not be your main focus in life but you need it and it does give you happiness. The first paycheck gives you happiness, the first gifts you buy for your parents give you happiness, your first house, first car, that occasional vacation with your loved one from your hard earned savings…everything gives you happiness.
So let’s just get real here…our focus needs to shift from justifying being lazy and not thinking about money, to accepting that money does make a difference and is needed and focus on your work and more importantly your savings and investments that you make from it, for real happiness and peace in future!