In: Philosophy and Psychology

Submitted By tettim
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Happiness is something that seems to be the goal of every single human being on this planet. However, the opinion on how to achieve happiness greatly differs from one individual to another. Some seek wealth, some seek relationships, and some seek a daily life of routines. Whichever the reason one seem to think is the correct, it seems like the key to happiness is appreciating what you have and enjoying every day.
Hugh Downs once said: “A happy person is not a person in a set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” I find this to be very accurate. One of the common perceptions in the western civilization is that more resources equal a better, happier life. However I, coming from “the best world to live in” often find myself envying people with very little resources. After a while, one starts to realize that buying the newest cell phone on the market, buying designer clothes or even buying a brand new Rolls Royce is a very shallow and short lasting kind of happiness. It’s easy to start thinking that it might be better just living a simple life in a small African village. So is it possible to conclude that money does not equal happiness?
Abraham Maslow created the “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs”, in which he presented five stages of basic needs that needed to be fulfilled in order to feel motivated, which can be transferred into the thinking of happiness. The five stages were 1.Physiological needs 2.Safety 3.Love/Belonging 4. Esteem 5.Self-actualization. Later his hierarchy has often been portrayed in the shape of a pyramid, with step 1 at the bottom and step 5 at the top. He meant that one cannot reach the next level before one had completed the previous one. However, he did not say that each step had to be completely fulfilled in order to advance to the next level.
Here it’s possible to see the correlation between money and…...