Why would one long for ample amount of wealth when one is unable to achieve happiness? The truth about money is that it is important for physiological needs—food, water, shelter, and so on. We use money to buy those basic needs, but will we ever be able to use it to buy those of higher needs?
It is true that money is important, but need one overestimate the value of money? The answer is no. Too often, people tend to stuck in an illusion because they see that money can buy the basic needs and materialistic things which make them happy. However, does that mean more money equal to more happiness in life? “We always think if we just had a little bit more money, we’d be happier,” says Catherine Sanderson, a psychology professor at Amherst College, “but when we get there, we’re not.” “Once you get basic human needs met, a lot more money doesn’t make a lot more happiness,” notes Dan Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard University and the author of the new book Stumbling on Happiness.
Usually, one focuses on what money will bring but is careless of what money costs them. Money should never cost us what it cannot buy. The moment you lose your depressed child due to suicide because you have been careless about the hints he gave is when you realize money cannot buy life. The moment your family has been torn apart because every children want your money is when you realize money cannot buy you happiness. The moment you are stolen from little joys in life is when you realize you are blinded by money. The moment you lay on your dying bed is when you know money cannot buy your health. Must one’s life be more than money?
Once you start to understand the real value of money and let go of the illusion it begets, you will learn to let go of greed and balance between what’s important in life and the power of money. Just remember that once you have your basic needs in life, every little things in life are more important than money.