Money can't buy happiness…

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How about you - what is more important in a job, money or happiness?
    Money, duh. If work was supposed to fun, it wouldn't be called work. : (96 votes)
    49 %
    Happiness! :D : (99 votes)
    51 %
  • Post # 3
    8477 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  The way I see it, money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you all the accessories for it.  Unless you’re talking about certain “dream jobs” (i.e. wildlife rescue, raising baby otters, etc), I would think that most people tolerate their jobs for the paycheck.  If you were to ask people to do their jobs for free, I would bet most people would say no.

    Post # 4
    3555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I believe that money can’t buy you the things that truly make you happy eg my FI and other valued personal relationships, but it sure can grease the wheels. As they say money problems are one of the greatest factors in divorce. Right now FI and I don’t make much, but we’re really happy. Would I like to have more money? Of course, but I wouldn’t give up what I have right now to get it. My personal life is my number one priority over career and money.

    Post # 5
    9149 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Like most people I would love to make more money but I really like my job and the benefits are impossible to match should I move companies.  I figure my benefits are worth another $20,000 worth of salary so if I were to move to another position that pays more I would be asking for that as the minimum raise from my current salary to make the move worth it.

    Post # 6
    2450 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    There is a magic amount. Money can make you happy… to a certain point. I think this is the point that we like to call “comfortable”. Studies have said that there is a specific general number (different in each country, actually), but I think that number is different for everyone.

    Once you reach the point of financial comfort, then having more of it doesn’t add to your happiness anymore and can sometimes stress you out even more than not having it.

    Post # 7
    3058 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I voted that money is most important because if I was “happy” doing something that couldn’t pay me well enough to be able to not have to stress about bills being paid or being able to have food to eat, then I wouldn’t be happy overall. But I do think there’s a bit of a middle ground.

    I don’t mind my current job, I don’t mind my industry, I don’t mind my pay. I’m paid well for what I do, though not paid as much as I’d like. But I don’t dread going to work, I don’t bring work home with me (or work stress), I’m not unhappy doing my job, and I have good benefits that will turn into pretty great benefits after investing some time with the company (aka even more PTO). Since I’m graduating college soon, I feel like I’m at a bit of a crossroads. I could take a chance and try to find a job that would be higher pay (and likely salaried) doing something I’ve never done before. But after a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided that my mostly stressfree job combined with a good company and good work/life balance isn’t something I’m willing to give up for a chance that I maybe could find something better.

    Hopefully I don’t regret the decision someday lol

    Post # 8
    3058 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @beachbride1216:  Can I ask where you work? You can PM me if you want/don’t mind! Since I’m in Orlando too, I’d love to know what company has benefits that great! I think I have pretty good benefits but definitely not 20k worth lol

    Post # 9
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think there’s a happy medium on this one.   My husband just changed jobs and took a fairly significant pay cut. He was 24/7 on call and the more successful he was the more our family life was suffering.   The doctors he worked with were miserable and it was just so much stress sucking up to them to sell products to them.  We literally couldn’t go anywhere (even on weekends) and even had to drive separately to go to dinner, etc in case he got called in.  It was awful.  We just had a baby and realized the higher pay potential just wasn’t worth it.  

    i can see keeping a job you don’t love if it affords you a better personal life, but in our case the better paying job was ruining our personal life.  

    Post # 10
    63 posts
    Worker bee

    Money makes some things in life easier, which in turn can lead to a less stressful life. That to me would make me happy. Yes, I love my H, he makes me happy and all that jazz, but having money to be able to enjoy our lives more would create more happy moments for us.

    Post # 13
    3555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  I would have to give it up to a certain extent in that a higher paying job would require more hours and probably cut into the little time I currently get to spend with FI.

    Post # 15
    2612 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    While I do agree that if I made more money I could afford a lifestyle that would make me happy I feel like I chose a job that I love over a possible job that could make me more money. I just know from experience that when I don’t like the job I’m doing it does affect all aspects of my life. So even if I had a very nice lifestyle and money – I don’t know how much I would actually enjoy it. I’m sure in my time away from work I would try my best to but I think I would dread going to work and feel generally feel miserable.

    Even with a job that I really enjoy I have days like this where things are tough and I just go home feeling exhausted and horrible. So, I guess even if I was going home to a wonderful home in my nice car – I wouldn’t enjoy it.

    Now if I got a job offer for a similar job that offered a lot more money, sure I’d take it. Maybe even if I didn’t love it as much. But I think in my field of work I’m pretty limited at this point. I know some people who chose their career paths by picking something they knew would make them a lot of money. I’m already past that point unless I went back to school. I don’t even want to move up to my supervisor’s job. She’s in meetings all day, listening to people complain – it would drive me crazy.

    Post # 16
    7492 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    @MrsPanda99:  MrsPanda, there’s been scientific studies that have found that once basic needs are met, the differences in happiness between someone that earns $50K a year and someone that earns $500k a year are insignificant! I’m an advocate for resource based economies, but I know it will never happen in our lifetimes 

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