I started off from a point that I knew well, my grandfather who was a farmer in China. During our conversation he told me that he worked in the fields with sweat, but he was very happy. After my family’s standard of living improved, my grandfather move to another city. However, he was not happy at the new place, and always speaks of wanting to go back his previous life. I have also conducted an interview with my best friend, Sushi Chef Li, and my mom Zhang about their understanding of happiness. The younger people always think money can buy happiness, while older people always feel that family is important than money. I completed my research by referencing several journals for articles on the topic of happiness and its impact on individuals.The study addressed the key question – Can money make a person happy? I understood that while money can satisfy people’s desire it need not necessarily make them happy.
While it is true that money gives people the power to buy all the material things they want it cannot buy happiness. Money helps people live a life of comfort and security (Li, 2015); it is would be accurate to say that money is the root cause of all evil. Many individuals in society think the more money they have, the more happiness they will obtain. As a result, they are always trying their best to get money (Li, 2015). In fact, most people tend to spend their entire life in the pursuit of money. An article titled “Why Economic Growth did not Translate into Increased Happiness: Preliminary Results of a Multilevel Modeling of Happiness in China” by Li, he speaks about how increased income is not able to raise individual happiness. The article finds that the expanding gap between the rich and the poor, unfulfilled desires, environmental pollution, overwork and a decrease in social activities can decrease people’s happiness.