Money has become something that we all aspire to have a ridiculous amount of. Whether it is for materialistic or philanthropic reasons is to be determined only when you finally gleam that amount you so desire.
But is money truly all that we should aspire for? I mean, sure it can be helpful in terms of paying the bills and feeding your children but does a billion dollars directly correlate to happiness? Undoubtedly, you can argue that it is better to be sad in a Ferrari than to be sad on the bus but to quantify emotions is simply too abstract and probably illogical.
However, a new study conducted by the Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School has shown that an annual income of 75,000 dollars is the optimal amount for happiness. The study says that the lower someone is from that benchmark the more unhappy he or she will feel. But on the other hand, having MORE money than that benchmark does NOT equate to more happiness. But in a capitalist society such as ours, there is bound to be income inequality where one spectrum is composed of a small minority
But in a capitalist society such as ours, there is bound to be income inequality where one spectrum is composed of a small minority with billions, if not trillions, of dollars and the other end of the spectrum where people are homeless. But let’s focus on the positives here: a recent Reddit thread asked people what was the most ridiculous thing they have seen rich people blow their money on and this is what they had to say.
‘I used to work for a very wealthy CEO. He had a pool in his backyard that was at least a hundred feet deep. But that’s not even the weird part, he insisted on having it filled with a ‘sunken ship’ so that he could dive around and pretend he was exploring a shipwreck.’ (Anonymous)