Being in a bad mood is tough to get over. Sometimes removing yourself from the situation to shop with friends can help! Check out some ideas on how money can buy you happiness.
They always say that money can’t buy you happiness and that is true to an extent. Happiness tends to have much more to do with having a supportive network of family and friends and being in love with someone who loves you back.
That makes you truly content but at the same time, claiming that money has no effect on happiness is just misleading. Here we will look at some very straightforward ways in which money can make you happier. The good news? You don’t need to spend all that much!
How Money Can Buy You Happiness
Okay, this one is rather expensive but it’s also a ticket to real contentment. Having a lovely family will make you super happy. But living with that family in a beautiful home with enough space, a great location and a comfortable feel to it is going to make a big difference.
Note that if you don’t have enough money to buy a new home, then just making some changes to your current home can make a big difference. Even if that just means tidying it or getting some more light in!
Time With Friends
Another way you can be happier is to spend more time with your friends. Studies actually show that when you spend money to do a joint activity with a friend, you see noticeable increases in happiness. This is partly due to the fact that you are doing something altruistic (giving gifts also makes us happier) but it is also down to the fact that you are having a new experience that you will remember for a long time, that will make you a more rounded person and that you can subsequently tell people about.
The other great thing about money from a happiness perspective is that money makes you a lot less stressed. Suddenly you no longer have to worry about debt or about your credit rating. That’s no small matter!
And you know what? Actually, just buying stuff can make you happy. One truly great feeling is just being able to come home after work and know that there is a really good book waiting for you to read. Likewise, buying a boxset of Game of Thrones can make you very happy once you get really addicted and find yourself desperate to watch each next episode. A really fun way to spend a day is with a remote controlled helicopter.
Money gives you the ability to make lasting memories.
These might not be the things we generally associate with being ‘content’ or accomplished, but if they mean you can make lasting memories, then there’s no shame in saying that in that case, money made you happier!