That money does not buy happiness is an affirmation that tries to console all those who do not have a comfortable financial comfort. Although it seems that the deep-rooted affirmation is nothing more than a myth .
A new study indicates that those who enjoy a buoyant current account have a better mood. ” Money facilitates the creation of pleasurable sensations in our brain. As Woody Allen said, it is a color photocopy of happiness that is very difficult to distinguish from the original, “says José Antonio Portellano, clinical psychologist and full professor at the Complutense University of Madrid.
More money, more social relations
The link between money and happiness is one of the favorite fields of study in psychology and, unfortunately, the evidence points to the fact that having potential is an important trigger for well-being .
But in this case, the aforementioned research has focused on its relationship with one of the most basic human needs: contact . Their results show that the higher the income, the lower the feeling of loneliness.
Among its results, it is shown that this correlation is especially strong among middle-aged adults . “Money is more important in this phase than in younger or older people, as well as professional status,” the authors said in a statement. It seems that having a good job is also a lifesaver against loneliness in this phase.
In a capitalist society in which consumption is one of its essential drivers, having freedom of credit guarantees a relief to the tensions caused by the bills.
“Having economic security makes it easier for us to do other things that are more rewarding and, therefore, achieve higher levels of emotional well-being, an essential requirement to be happy,” says Portellano.
The higher the income, the lower the feeling of loneliness”
The expert also indicates that there are differential cognitive factors in each person that make the perception of money different , as a consequence of the educational style or personality.
But for the majority of those who live in Western societies, money is at least an essential factor in guaranteeing basic living conditions . “Even when you have a state of emotional well-being, economic stability increases pleasurable sensations,” he adds.
There is a branch of psychology, called positive, that departs from the relationship between material and well-being. “It is based on the belief that people want to lead a full and meaningful life to cultivate what is good for them and improve their experiences of love, work and leisure,” according to the Center for Positive Psychology of the University. of Pennsylvania.
“When material needs are well covered, other factors such as feelings, self-esteem and the meaning of life intervene . From a point both curves do not go together “, explains the professor of the Complutense University.
The increase in wealth has negligible effects on personal happiness “
For his part, Martin Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and promoter of this current account in his book Authentic Happiness – with a more restrictive view: “The increase in wealth has negligible effects on personal happiness .”
The author states in the aforementioned book that there are a large number of internal circumstances that are under the control of the will . “If you decide to change them, your level of happiness is likely to increase in a lasting way,” says Seligman in the volume.
Better than living in the hope that the lottery knocks on your door, happiness can be worked with tools that, as Seligman indicates, are at our fingertips: reduce levels of anxiety, with techniques such as meditation, and give importance to the small pleasures of day to day are some of them.
“When a person is able to increase pleasurable sensations in the face of small events , we facilitate the perception of well-being and contribute to improving happiness. This is what has been called Intelligent Optimism “, concludes Portellano.