For this week’s assignment I decided to create my argument about TEDTalk’s “The Paradox of Choice:” by Barry Schwartz and chose the CNBC article titled “From the ‘perfect’ salary to keeping up with the Joneses, here’s how money affects your happiness” by Cory Stieg.
I agreed with them both. Money alone cannot buy happiness because true happiness is gained from factors that go beyond financial wealth. Money does not guarantee happiness this we know, and just as Mr. Schwartz pointed out we must choose (to be happy). Yes, it will allow more freedom, but knowing me the paralysis of having to make too many choices would just leave me unfulfilled by having too many choices to make (get it) resulting in me having not only high expectations but high blood pressure as well.
First of all, happiness is often linked to meaningful relationships and a sense of belonging. No amount of money can purchase true love, friendship, or emotional connections. Secondly, happiness is closely tied to personal fulfillment and a sense of purpose. People who gain satisfaction from their passions and accomplishments tend to be happier, regardless of their financial status. Thirdly, the pursuit of wealth can lead to stress, anxiety, and a constant need for more, they may never be satisfied which can ultimately detract from one’s overall well-being. As the article stated, people’s well-being or how they felt didn’t improve.
In conclusion, while money can provide comfort and convenience, it cannot guarantee happiness as Mr. Schwartz pointed out. Money cannot fulfill our natural emotional, social, and personal needs, and can sometimes even hinder our pursuit of true happiness.