Purchasing Happiness

June 2, 2013

Purchasing happiness? Is such a thing even possible? People who don’t have money and who work at unfulfilling jobs certainly seem to think so.

We always hear that money doesn’t buy happiness but is that really true? While it is true that there are many millionaires and billionaires who aren’t happy, they can at least pay for treatment if they are clinically depressed. Not so with the people who live from paycheck to paycheck.

But is that really a good enough reason to pursue the making of money?

I have always believed that if you feel passionate about the work you are doing, money will follow and it will never feel like work. If the acquisition of money is your purpose in life, it will leave you with a feeling of dissatisfaction and the sense that whatever you achieve and however much money you acquire, it will never be enough.

But let’s look at this from another angle. We are all familiar with the descriptive “starving artist” and it’s safe to assume that the artists who starved and died in poverty, felt passionate about their work.

So, if they worked at something they felt passionate about, why didn’t the money follow? Granted, their work probably didn’t feel like work but, according to my theory, why didn’t they become wealthy?

There are probably a number of reasons their art didn’t bring them the riches they deserved. One of the reasons may have been that many of them lived solitary lives and some had disagreeable temperaments, neither of which would be conducive to attracting affluent patrons for commissions or prosperous citizens who could afford to buy their paintings.

As with all things, no matter how good you are, you have to market yourself or find someone who believes in you and the work you are doing, to do your marketing for you. Or you have to get the money to hire a public relations firm to put you in the public eye.

But, after you have paid your bills and bought yourself a few luxuries, will an overabundance of money really bring you happiness?

If you can say yes, then go for it. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure, then at least start out by finding something you feel passionate about and making it your life’s work. And then you just might end up making money and loving your work.

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