Topics We’re Talking About: Money and Happiness


I’ll start out with the usual call for a happy, happy Friday, but this week it’s even more pertinent. That’s because the topic on the agenda for this week’s topic is… happiness! Of course, we threw in a little money talk and rounded up articles specifically addressing the connection (or lack thereof) between money and happiness.

There’s the old adage that money doesn’t buy happiness. But then, of course, there’s the research that says that maybe it does – up to a certain point. Ultimately, happiness is a compilation of all sorts of stuff, combined to result in overall contentment with your current position in life (along with plenty of smiles). Yes, money sometimes plays into it – but it doesn’t have to. Here are some great reads that take a look at just where money falls into the combo:

Here’s How To Spend Your Way To Euphoria – Time
Can money buy you happiness? One perspective to help you answer the question (some of the research might surprise you, by the way).

Money & Your Happiness – Happify
An awesome infographic sharing some of the key components of how money impacts your happiness and life satisfaction!

Why Selfishness Is Actually The Key To Happiness – Mind Body Green
It might go against common lessons that we’ve been taught (others before yourself) but you’re in the best position to help others and spread happiness if you’re taking care of yourself!

The Perfect Income Happiness – Life and My Finances
Is there a perfect salary when it comes to your happiness? Read on to find out!

11 Inspiring TEDtalks To Make You Happy And Hungry for Success –
For some inspiring listens, check out this compilation of TEDtalks themed around pursuing happiness and seizing success.

Before you enjoy your weekend, check out the sites mentioning ReadyForZero!

The Dime Colorado
Brazen Careerist
Business Insider
Financial Fitness

So how about you – how do you approach the relationship between wealth and happiness?

Image Credit: Drew Herron

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  • Derek@LifeAndMyFinances

    Thanks for the mention! I was surprised to see that the “perfect income” was so low. Everyone is always talking about wanting millions of dollars, but the income that makes people most happy is far less than that!

    • Claire Murdough

      Of course!! Such an interesting study and I really love the perspective you added 🙂

  • Interesting post! And really interesting data compiled in that infograph. I can vouch for experiences making me happier than things. For me, spending my money on Stuff usually leads to me just…wanting to buy more Stuff. I guess the same thing can happen with experiences. But experiences/travel give me a deeper sense of satisfaction.
    Or something like that. I dunno. I’m no brain expert.

    • Claire Murdough

      Such an interesting infograph, right? I think my favorite part is the graph showcasing satisfaction over time in regards to things vs. experience. So simple and yet I can totally relate to the added “happy” factor when I reminisce about a past experience… even if it wasn’t necessarily the best experience! Kinda fun to remember and laugh about 🙂