"Money doesn’t buy happiness" is the biggest load of bullshit we’re fed (ironically, we’re fed it in a society that genuflects in front of lord free market).
Of course money doesn’t buy happiness. Money doesn’t also buy sadness or peace of mind. These are intangibles that cannot be bought or touched. Money buys thing that lead to these mental states.
People who argue this bullshit always take about the miserable millionaire or the lottery winner who ends up hating his or her life. But here’s something they never talk about: Money buys security. Financial security. Health security. Literal security (safety). Having these securities is one of the core things that make you happier. When lifted out of poverty, people gain security, and we see a consistent increase in their happiness.
I don’t know about you, but not having to worry about bills and having a drink every afternoon with leisure time is a lot happier thing than working two jobs at minimum wage living paycheck to paycheck.
Let’s talk about materialism for a second. One of the contentions of money not buying happiness is that things don’t make you happy. This is repeated so often. Entire religions are devoted to this. Am I saying they’re all wrong? No. I’m saying that their blanket statements don’t apply to everyone.
Have you ever observed human behavior? Here’s a fucking revelation: Things won’t leave you at emotionally vulnerable times. Things won’t cheat on you. Things won’t say one thing, then do another. Things won’t renege on their promises. Things won’t try and exploit you. Things won’t insult you.
After a particularly stressful period of my life, caused by (surprise) shitty human behavior, I started treating myself more. Mostly by eating out more. You know what that did for me? It gave me a little semblance of peace of mind, took my mind off of bullshit.
Imagine a life where you have security and you get to sit around and drink all day, not worrying about paying the bills.
WOW. Sounds like happiness to me.