Money Can Not Buy You Happiness
I am sure there will be many people who read this article and
will think I am rather mad. Quite frankly I do not care. In this
article I write about what in my humble opinion are the most
importants things in life, health and happiness.
All that most of my friends talk about is money:
What car do you drive?
How much is your house worth?
How much do you earn?
How much did your suit cost?
Where are you going on holiday this year?
I find all of this very boring and think that they are rather
sad. They seem to be in some sort of competition and they are
basically obsessed about money.
I will give you an example of one such friend, his name is John.
He never seems to talk about anything else and is always looking
into get rich quick schemes. He is also in a lottery syndicate,
of which there are about fifty members. Each member pays around
ten pounds in per week. John likes to go out socialising on a
Saturday night, however soon gets itchy feet at the time of the
lottery draw. A few minutes later he will go to the toilet where
he will then phone his girlfriend. He takes with him to the
toilet a piece of paper with his numbers on and a little pen.
After his girlfriend has told him which numbers were drawn, John
will then then spend around twenty minutes checking his numbers,
and then re-checking to see if he has any winning lines.
Eventually he returns to the group who seem very keen (apart
from me) to find out how much he has won/lost. To date he has
only won small amounts, however is convinced that one day he
will become a millionaire. He will then start talking about the
lottery, asking other people what they would buy if they were
lucky enough to ever win. At this point I become very bored and
start to wish I had stayed at home and watched the football.
For me the two most important things in life are health and
happiness. These are two things which money can not buy. A few
years ago, my dad was taken ill. He was in a real bad way and
had to spend around five months in hospital. Him being ill was a
huge shock to me as he was only fifty-seven. I feared the worst,
even though I was trying my hardest to think and stay positive.
I remember thinking, if I gave those doctors everything I own in
the world, it still would not help him. I felt powerless and at
that moment realised that money is only paper.
Happiness is the same, I remember at the age of twenty-one
having lots of money and had been surprised that I was depressed
at the same time. At other times I have had next to no money and
have been extremely happy.