Ah Ha! I Was Right! Money Does Buy Happiness – Here’s How
Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking. Money doesn't buy things like love, affection, laughter, etc... and don't worry, my husband and I have this argument all the time. I say that money does buy happiness—he says I'm crazy!
But you have to know what I'm talking about. While money may not buy a family to love you, it does provide food, clothing, heat and hot water for said family. And, if you're not fussing and worrying about how you're going to pay those bills, you're way more likely to have a good time with your family. You'll be less stressed and, thus, happier!
Well, now a new study out of Cambridge University in England has proved me right. They found that money really CAN buy happiness, as long as you spend it on the right things. And, "the right" things for you depends on your personality.
They split people into five big personality types, monitored what they spent money on for six months, then tested them to find their general happiness levels and here's what they found:
1. Open people should spend money on entertainment, and hair and beauty products to be happy. They should avoid getting traffic tickets or taking on a mortgage (shouldn't all people avoid getting traffic tickets?).
2. Conscientious people should spend money on insurance, and health and fitness. They shouldn't spend money on gambling, toys, or hobbies.
3. Extroverted people should spend money on entertainment and travel. They shouldn't spend money on lots of insurance or an accountant (wait, that doesn't sound safe!).
4. People who are agreeable should spend money on charity and pets. They should avoid getting traffic tickets and gambling (duh?).
5. Neurotic actually people feel BETTER when they spend money on traffic tickets. (huh?). They also like gambling. But they should avoid spending money on hotels.