Most of you probably believe that you would be much happier if you were rich. The saying Money doesn’t buy you happiness most of us will agree to be complete nonsense.
The truth of the matter is, that winning the lottery and becoming a millionaire probably won’t make you that much happier in the long run- in fact, it could make you more miserable than you already are.
Every year Americans spend $62 billion on lottery tickets alone making the lottery by far the most popular form of paid entertainment in the entire country.
Even though the odds are stacked against you (there is a 1 in 195,249,054 chance that you will win the Powerball lottery) more than half of the American adult population continues to play the lottery. This practice is of course driven by the fact that people believe that winning the lottery will make them happy.
Here is the truth behind happiness:
1. Attitude and perspective are what really govern your level of happiness.
Events and life circumstances can only make you happier if they change your attitude towards life. Unfortunately, money tends to only do this for a finite period of time.
2. Human beings are creatures of habit.
We can get used to just about anything- whether it be working 90-hour weeks or spending all our time sitting on the beech and sunbathing. If you are looking for excitement, money can’t guarantee that- only you can, and you can do it without spending a dime.
3. Contrast excites us.
The events in our lives are compared to other events. No single event is bad or boring, or happy and exciting objectively- it’s all subjective. Winning the lottery may be exciting, but after that excitement is experienced, all other events will fall short in comparison.
If winning the lottery and being rich is your standard for happiness, nothing else will have the same effect. On top of that, because winning the lottery was exciting in comparison with previously believed exciting events, finding something even more exciting- that will bring you the same amount of happiness- will be near impossible.
Winning the lottery will most definitely make you very happy for some period of time; but don’t think that that level of excitement will last forever. You will eventually need to find things a bit less exciting that can keep you happy indefinitely.
Paul Hudson | Elite.