Imagine a ladder with 10 rungs. Now, imagine that the lowest rung (0) is the worst possible life that you could have and the highest rung (10) is the best. Where would you fall on that ladder?
If you’re like almost half (49 percent) of Americans, you’re “thriving” on rung seven through 10, according to the most recent Gallup World poll. Another 47 percent of us are “struggling” on rungs five through six, and four percent are “suffering” below rung four.
Looking into the backstory behind the overall estimates of “thriving” vs. “suffering,” we learn that the vast majority of Americans surveyed (84 percent) experienced enjoyment the day before participating. In comparison, only 38 percent experienced stress, 30 percent were worried, and 23 percent felt physical pain. A large percent (67 percent) ate healthy food the day before, 60 percent did something interesting, while only 33 percent worried about money. It’s these factors—not feeling pain, not worrying about money, and having options to do and eat what we enjoy—that are associated with happiness.
As we learn just what makes us happy and how reliable our happiness polling can be, researchers and policy makers are trying to decide just how much our happiness can and should affect policy and vice versa. First, the ultimate question: does money bring happiness?
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In my opinion, the problem with questions like, “Does money bring happiness?” is that they all focus on just one factor of a person’s overall well-being. No one thing, like money, family, freedom, or anything else, will make or break your happiness. Happiness is determined by a combination of internal and external factors.
For example, having money might help you have a good education, but it will not necessarily give you the intellect to utilize that opportunity or the personality to appreciate it. Under these circumstances, the education purchased with that money fails to make you happy, and therefore that money has ultimately failed to make you happy. You had an external factor of happiness, but lacked a corresponding internal factor of happiness.
I do believe that it is easier for people with a certain amount of available capital to be happy. People at a particular income level can afford better healthcare, safer shelter, and warmer clothing, and they therefore should have fewer worries.
What do you think?