Cash In Hand, Euphoria On Demand: The Undeniable Link Between Money And Bliss!

Cash In Hand, Euphoria On Demand: The Undeniable Link Between Money And Bliss!
Lal Bhatia, PhD
24 June 2023

Once upon a paycheck, people used to say, “Money can’t buy happiness”. Well, folks, let’s burst that bubble with some sizzling stats!

According to a 2021 study by the University of Pennsylvania, the connection between money and well-being is stronger than ever! Turns out, your bank account can give you a first-class ticket to Happyville.

For starters, happiness is up for sale – at least till you hit $75,000 a year. Studies found that emotional well-being skyrockets as incomes approach this magic number! This isn't just spare change; it’s a lifeline to stress relief and the joy of your kids not having to wear cardboard shoes.

But wait, there’s more! Another study showed that spending cash on experiences like a trip to Bora Bora or a Bruno Mars concert leads to longer-lasting happiness compared to snagging the latest iPhone.

And, remember when mom said, “It’s better to give than to receive?” Mama knows best! A Harvard Business School report found that spending money on others leads to bigger smiles than spending on oneself. So, next time you see that scrumptious cake, buy it for your buddy and score some happiness points.

Now don’t get reckless, my fellow money magicians. While money can cast a spell for happiness, it’s not the wand that cures all. Let’s not forget the power of love, friendship, and a good Netflix binge.

So, chase that green, but remember to sprinkle it on experiences, share it with your peeps, and dance to the rhythm of life.

And they all lived happily (and richly) ever after.


By Lal Bhatia, PhD.

Lal Bhatia is a renowned global thought leader, investor, and innovator with 35+ years of experience in business strategy. Currently serving as Senior Advisor to His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Rashed Bin Humaid Al Nuaumi, Chairman of the Hilshaw Group, and Chairman of David & Goliath Films, Lal's expertise spans real estate, finance, and film production. He also chairs UAE STRAT: 2071, a prestigious think tank focused on humanitarian and environmental causes.

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