Can money buy you happiness?


Sonia Jezierski

PHS student, Sonia Jezierski, admires her twenty-dollar bill and the joy it brings her.

Alina Maleryk, Sports Editor

Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year in a row.

Their country of vast forests and lakes is also known for its well-functioning public services, ubiquitous saunas, widespread trust in authority and low levels of crime and inequality.

The annual World Happiness Report for 2022 that was released Friday, and according to the ranking, the U.S. moved up three spots from last year. It was ranked as the 16th happiest country in the world out of 146 countries and it’s getting happier.

For the U.S, it is mostly based on donations of money, other things, like shelters and helping hands or corporations, and nature wise is also important to Americans citizens or people.

“We found during 2021 remarkable worldwide growth in all three acts of kindness monitored in the Gallup World Poll,” Helliwell said. “Helping strangers, volunteering, and donations in 2021 were strongly up in every part of the world, reaching levels almost 25% above their pre-pandemic prevalence.”

But people in the U.S wonder whether money can buy you happiness or it can bring you debt, it is the trickiest question that is typically asked of adults like parents.

Some adults say money is important throughout your life and they focus on work more, but the other half would like to put their time towards their families.

I think that money can’t make you so much happier compared to your actual family, because it personally makes a definition of true happiness.

“Money makes it easier, but the family makes it happier,” PE teacher Ryan Ewanio said.

Being rich isn’t necessarily the path to happiness. Once your income reaches a certain level and your basic needs for food, health care, safety, and shelter are met, the positive effects of money—such as buying your dream home—are often offset by the negative effects—such as working longer hours, or in more stressful jobs, to maintain that income.

“Money comes and goes, but you can focus on happiness forever,” math teacher Joe Gryzbek said.

“So if someone earning $20,000 a year gets a 10% raise, someone earning $200,000 gets a 10% raise, these data predict that that will deliver the same increment in happiness,” CNN health Matthew Killingsworth said.

Therefore for some adults, it could resolve to temporary happiness just because of the money income.

One of the Princeton studies by Killingsworth found that only one-fifth of Americans believe money can buy happiness.

“My definition of happiness is about family and friends and spending time with people that you love, that doesn’t require money,” math teacher Sarina Riley said.

There are still some adults who prefer choosing family over money to find their true happiness. Specifically, some adults try to focus on their children’s future so they try to focus on money. I believe that true happiness will be brought by knowing that the parents have secured their children for their future and choose their kids to see them grow and build strong bonds within their life.