With all the hoopla about the recent $640 million dollar lottery I started to wonder if becoming an instant millionaire would really make me happy. Don’t get me wrong, it would be great to be able to buy my dream car and house, but is the stress that comes with the money worth it. Statistics show that 44% of national lottery winners spend their winnings within 5 years. If you add in state lottery winners that to that statistic then the percentage jumps to 70%. This percentage is a little skewed because the lottery winnings can be as low as $50,000. Back to the topic at hand, will the lottery will make you happy?
Becoming a millionaire brings a lot of stress. I have never been a millionaire, but I have seen the stress it causes. This has come from people that have earned their millions over many years and not overnight. Windfall wealth will bring family out of the wood works, you will have friends you never knew you had and there will be hands everywhere reaching out for charity. I am not saying that all people aren’t happier because of their new found wealth, but many of these statistics show that it is not all sugar and plums. While you may think this post is about how I think money destroys people’s lives. Your happiness should not be judged by how much money you have.
Life’s happiness should be based on the people you surround yourself with. Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life. If you are not happy, money will not fix it, only you can do something about your situation.
“Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend.”
– Bits and Pieces