A lot of money, and a lack of happiness?

One of the biggest controversies is one where it is argued, whether it is possible to buy happiness for money? “People fight with money, people trade with them, and without money, life is just like hell,” says Ukrainian folk wisdom. Let’s try to figure out whether money is not a guarantee of happiness.

There has never been a cult of money in Ukrainian culture. There was described a misfortune from poverty, there were property claims of Kaydashi family, but there was nothing like “money as a virtue”. Did your parents teach you to wash your hands after interactions with ATMs?

For sure, we all know that happiness can’t be bought for money, as well as health. Although, the presence of money is often a condition of survival for cancer patients, unfortunately. A healthy person has many desires, whereas a patient has only one, and it is clear which one.

Let’s look wider at the very concept of “happiness”. What is happiness for a modern healthy person? I think many will say that it is an opportunity to travel or a free working schedule. A modern person seeks freedom of time and freedom of movement. The ability to change one geographical location to another is a very relevant criterion for measuring success, and thus happiness.

In the economy, there is a concept: money-rich, time-poor / time-rich, money-poor. That is, some people have more money than time, therefore, they are ready to pay for the work of maids, services, intermediaries, agents – all who will save them time for a certain sum of money. Others have less money than time, so they are ready to spend time on a trip to a supermarket at the other end of the city if there are significant discounts. They are looking for and booking hotels and tickets themselves, wasting time and saving money. The entire sphere of goods and services has been developed upon this concept.

For the so-called Generation Z, those who were born in the late nineties – at the beginning of millennia, those who are currently studying at universities and are looking for their first jobs, the priority of flexible schedule is obvious. Today a lot is written about youth that even after agreeing to strict terms and regulated work schedule because of the money, abandon their workplace very soon unable to withstand working hours “from nine to five”. We have to work not 12 hours, and head – they quote Steve Jobs.

Another popular topic for jokes and reproaches: “Early birds have conquered the world while night owls were sleeping.” A modern person likes to reflect on his or her own biorhythms, the ability to go to sleep late and to wake up late. That is why freelance is a real way out for all nightlife lovers, for whom morning wake ups are torture of the 21st century.

You can also talk about creativity and inspiration, which usually don’t appear according to the schedule. The ability to have a job that covers periods of apathy, allowing you to be financially independent thanks to the previous outbursts of creativity, provides a stable sense of satisfaction with life. To work only when there is a desire, and at the same time to have money – isn’t it happiness?

Admit it, waking up on a cold February morning hearing a sound of an alarm clock, while understanding that you need to be present at work by nine, involuntarily makes you doubt the thesis that money does not guarantee happiness.

Tetyana Monakhova

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