Can Money Buy Happiness?
Can Money Buy Happiness? Maybe, but a recent study found good health is far more important relative to happiness.
As it turns out, money can buy happiness; or at the very least, help support a happy life. However, money doesn’t seem to be the greatest driver of happiness; being healthy is. A consumer insight consulting group polled over 250,000 people about what helps to create happiness. The goal of the project was to further the collective understanding of happiness and its root causes.
In part, the survey found that happiness is all around. The polled US population was found to be six times more likely to say they are happy vs. unhappy.
Although money can’t really buy happiness, the study found that it does seem to help. For many, financial success is closely associated with greater feelings of happiness, especially when considering the ways we splurge on ourselves. For example, people who buy jewelry, eat at upscale restaurants, or make luxury purchases are 23 times more likely to report being generally happy in life.
Good health, however, was the greatest winner on the “happy quotient”. Being healthy seems to go a long way towards overall happiness. Those who say they are healthy are 143 times more likely to be happy than those who report being unhealthy.
So common sense seems to dictate, if you want to be happy, be healthy. I know, that is not always easy and that sometimes, optimal health is just not possible. That said, I firmly believe that regardless of the overall state of your body and your health, you can take actions to move towards being as healthy as possible within the frame of your overall personal situation.
Why not commit to being healthier (and therefore, happier)? Start with these simple steps:
- Drink more fresh clean water. The goal is to drink 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, try to drink 150 ounces of clean filtered water daily
- Move your body. Depending upon your current health, you may not be able to do all that much at first, and that’s okay, but do something. Start by moving your body a little and then build up to 20 minutes of sustained activity 6 days a week
- Rest. Resting allows your body to heal and replenish. Most people do best with 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. A cool dark room is best and remember to turn off anything with a “blue screen” about ½ before retiring. This practice will allow important decompression and relaxation of the mind in preparation for deep healing sleep
- Finally, eat a few additional servings of healthy fresh fruit, vegetables, and proteins. Again, nothing drastic, just slowly start adding in high quality food choices throughout the day
Remember that Vitality Chiropractic and Medical Wellness’s chiropractors, acupuncturist, and nutritionist are in the office in Rockville, MD to help you meet your health and wellness goals. No matter what is going on with your current health, we want to work with you to help you move towards higher levels of health, wellness, and increased vibrancy for life…