Does Money Equal Happiness?

Akia Barnes, Staff Writer

Can money buy happiness? Can money fix your problems? Like Singer Ariana Grande said, “Whoever said money can’t solve your problems must not have had enough money to solve ’em,” but is that a true statement or was she just trying to keep her flow? In a recent study, more than 1,000 students graduating from the University of British Columbia completed an assessment measuring whether they tend to value time over money or money over time. Many students reported prioritizing time — but not by much. Nearly 40% reported prioritizing money.

I am going to be completely honest. When I have money, I feel like I am on top of the world, but I know that it won’t last forever. When I have money continuously coming in, I know that I am going to do my best to try to help others so that they can feel just as happy as I do. But let’s get back to the article. If you had all the money in the whole world, would you truly be happy? Money can surely help certain problems that people have and give them a more stress-free life or more “happiness,” we must realize that it does not satisfy all aspects of life. Why? Life is more than materialistic items, the newest game, or shoes. Life is so much more than that. Of course, that does not mean that you should turn down money when it offered to you! That would be rude. A mountain of evidence shows that, on average, wealthier people are happier. However, making lots of money will not inevitably boost your happiness. How you spend, save, and think about money can help you. You must not allow your thoughts to revolve around money.

I hope you enjoyed my article! And remember… money is not everything.