HOW TO BUY HAPPINESS
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before,
“Time is money.”
But after reading an interesting article this morning I realize the saying should actually be adjusted to something like:
“Time is happiness.”
Why? Because I’ve always thought money couldn’t buy happiness, until I realized it could buy you something more…
Money May Be Able To Buy Happiness
My husband and I were once hanging out at a friend’s house and we somehow got on the topic of discussing the oddest job we’ve ever taken. This ranged from working at a Hello Kitty Factory, to being paid to push a button at random every time an alarm went off, to photoshopping pictures of cats, and so on.
The winner of the story came from our friend, who told us about one of his other buddies (let’s call him Joe) who took what sounded like the world’s sketchiest job.
Joe took a job at $20 an hour for a listing he found on Craigslist.
To come wake someone up in the morning.
Joe would come to a stranger’s house, every day at whatever time requested and simply wake the man up.
We laughed at the ridiculousness of this and were all very glad that the story didn’t end in Joe’s murder.
But after reading the article in Inc. today by Betsy Mikel, I have to think that the stranger and Joe weren’t that crazy after all.
Time is a limited resource, constantly depleted by the nature of life itself. The article argues that we should make it a priority to pay other people to do the tasks that we dislike because it could save us a lot more time and energy in the long run.
Two great quotes I liked from the article really brought that idea home,
“Can you buy happiness? Turns out if you’re buying back your own time, the answer is yes.” -Betsy Mikel
“You can always make more money. But you can’t make more time.” -Betsy Mikel
Time is valuable. Time is happiness.
The Guilt Factor Gets Us…
By paying others to do things that would normally steal our time away and exhaust our mental energy, we can increase our happiness.
Like time, energy is also a limited resource. When we exert it in one area of life, we naturally deplete it from another.
So why do we spend money in our society with a frequent disregard for this idea?
Why is it more common to buy a new material good than to buy time from someone who will come clean for us?
I personally think it’s the guilt factor. We tell ourselves a lot of I coulds…
I could clean the house, I could construct this furniture (or maybe even: I could wake myself up in the morning.)
And we tell ourselves more I can’t…
I can’t make a pair of shoes. I can’t sew a new shirt.
So that’s where our money goes. Because we feel so selfish at the mere thought of paying someone else to do something we could really just do ourselves.
But it’s more complicated than that…
How Much Is Your Time Worth?
Have you ever done it? I know I have…
Have you ever just spent hours stubbornly doing a task only to realize if you paid someone to do it, the cost would have been less than what you make per hour?
Here’s something that will help:
Ask yourself how much are your hours actually worth to you? …The amount you are paid at work? …Less? …More?
What you do with your time is essentially the value you give yourself.