Money Can Not Buy Happiness Essay

1773 Words Nov 9th, 2016 8 Pages
In a largely money oriented society today, people are often times driven directly or indirectly by money to pursue goals because they see the potential to be happy. However, it is commonly held by psychologists that money cannot buy happiness. The debate on the relationship between money and happiness has been a highly contested one in part due to contradictory data results and evidence. On one end of the spectrum, a person’s circumstance such as economic well-being plays little in determining a person’s happiness. On the other end, happiness can be created through money. Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, a father-son psychologist duo, state that “the societies with the highest life satisfaction are wealthy ones, such as Ireland and Denmark” (Diener and Biswas-Deiner 163). However, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, indicates that “Germany and Japan [are] nations with more than twice the gross national product of Ireland [that] report much lower levels of happiness” (Csikzentimihalyi 143). This conflicting data suggest that the relationship is much deeper and more complex than statistical correlation. Regardless of whether or not there is a correlation between money and happiness, the obscurity implies that another factor must be responsible for explaining the inconsistencies. So then the question arises: what explains the disjointed relationship between happiness and those with and without money? The inconsistent relationship between money…

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