Blog Post #3 – Inquiry Research Round #2 – “Does money bring happiness?”

See the source imageLokshana Groodoyal social responsibility Research topic: “Does money bring happiness?” –  April 7th, 2021

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Hi there! I hope you’ve read my previous post and have a decent understanding of what money is and the positive and negative impacts of having money. This post, will all be about happiness.

Firstly, what is happiness? Happiness “is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment”. Since happiness has various definitions, it is mostly described as ” involving positive emotions and life satisfaction.”[1] Many people believe that happiness is merely a state of well-being, but to me, it’s much more complex.

Why is it difficult to define happiness? 

  • Not everyone is alike. Every single one of us is unique. We all like and dislike different things. We gain joy and happiness from things that may not bring the same joyement to another.
  • the best way to view happiness is by looking at what makes you happy.

positive consequences of happiness:See the source image

  • You can influence the surrounding people by making them smile as you share your optimism and make them feel good about themselves.

negative consequences of happiness:

  • ignorant of other people’s feelings when you’re too happy.
  • too much happiness can make you less creative and less safe

Effects of happiness on health: 

Happiness leads to … [2]

  • better immune system
  • reduced chance of cardiovascular disease
  • reducing the risk of a stroke.
  • to greater marriage and job satisfaction

Types of happiness? 

Just like there are several types of success, similarly, there are different types of happiness. The main types of happiness are… [3]

  • Preference (alias “The pleasant life”) – These are shortcuts to happiness and include things like going shopping, watching T.V. eating your all-time favourite meal ( or for certain people, taking drugs/alcohol)

 

  • Passion (alias “The engaged life”) – This is when you’re truly engaged in something. You know you are truly engaged when you don’t notice the time passing. For example, when you are listening to music you extremely love or playing a sport or painting an artwork, etc…

 

  • Purpose (alias “The meaningful life”) – This is the most powerful and long-lasting form of happiness and it comes from using your strength and interests to improve the world or help others in a way that is important to you or do something that you value the most such as, volunteering
  • And many more…
  • **If you want to know more visit 39 Types of Happiness – Simplicable**

How certain people look for happiness : [4] [5]

  • In their next purchase
  • In their next paycheck
  • In their next relationship
  • In a competition
  • Exercising
  • Sleeping
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Getting outside
  • Helping others
  • Planing a trip
  • Meditating
  • Working hard in live
  • Practice gratitude & many more ( Do you know of other ways people (you) look for happiness?)

That’s it for “Happiness” 🙂 . I hope you’ve got a better understanding of happiness and have learned something new. After learning so much about happiness i still wonder…is happiness then defined as what puts a smile on our face, is it a sense of excitement, peace, a state of being or MONEY? Well, stay tune for upcoming posts for the answer if money is the real happiness.

References:

  1. What Is Happiness? (verywellmind.com)
  2. 6 Benefits of Happiness According to the Research (positivepsychology.com)
  3. 39 Types of Happiness – Simplicable
  4. 10 Tips for Finding Happiness (psychcentral.com)
  5. 9 Places Unhappy People Look for Happiness (becomingminimalist.com)
  6. Everyone Has A Different Definition Of Happiness, And That’s Okay | Thought Catalog

Thank you 🙂 

 

3 Replies to “Blog Post #3 – Inquiry Research Round #2 – “Does money bring happiness?””

  1. Hi Lokshana,
    What a great question! It’s one, I think, that many have been asking for a long time. I had no idea there were so many types of happiness! The formatting of your post was also very easy to read and follow along.

    I recently watched this video that explains the paradox of money and happiness very well! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juO4zxsjSjw
    It asks the question of whether winning the lottery would make you happier. The answer was rather surprising!

    I look forward to reading your future posts!
    Rasee

  2. Hey Lokshana!
    Great job on your first post! It’s super interesting how there are consequences to happiness and different types of happiness. I wouldn’t have known that before reading this post. Happiness is different for everyone, for me, happiness means being free of stress and being with people I love. What about you? What makes you happy? Good luck on your future posts!
    xx
    Ronnie

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