Money can buy happiness, as long as you spend it on therapy.

I know I write a lot about property and money but does money buy happiness? Not really.

Of course money is importnant in those areas of your life where it is important (like paying the bills) but not at all important in other areas of your life. So loads of it doesn’t make necessarily make you that much happier.

I’ve written a previous blog that shows why materialistic people are less satisfied

Psychologist Jeremy Dean quotesstudy done by researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Warwick, who compared the happiness gains from money to that gained from psychological therapy.

He says:

They found that therapy was 32 times as cost effective as money in making you happier.

They reached this figure by looking at thousands of people who’d started therapy and compared them with others who’d had large increases in their income.

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It turned out that to get the same increase in happiness from $1,300 spent on therapy, a person would have to get a mammoth pay rise of $42,000.

The study’s lead author, Chris Boyce, said:

“Often the importance of money for improving our well-being and bringing greater happiness is vastly over-valued in our societies.

The benefits of having good mental health, on the other hand, are often not fully appreciated and people do not realise the powerful effect that psychological therapy, such as non-directive counselling, can have on improving our well-being.”

If this is true, why are many governments so obsessed with economic growth and apparently so little concerned with mental health?

Any idiot knows the answer to this one: it’s because money makes the world go round, world go round, world go round…

And yet it makes me think we’re all idiots for nodding our heads sagely that money can’t make you happy, then off we all go to put in another 12 hour day, or whatever it is.

Think how much happier the world would be if, instead of annual pay rises or bonuses, we were all sent off to talk to a sympathetic stranger for a few hours.


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