According to a new study, money can buy happiness--as long as you make $50,000 a year or more.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. For one thing, I have little or no idea a) how happy the people I know really are or b) how much money they really make.
Money is the last great taboo. I asked a few people I know how much money it would take for them to
feel absolutely secure about their futures and I think I would have
gotten a more positive reaction if I had asked them to run naked down
the street. People will happily tell you all about their sex lives, their bowel habits, their medical problems, but money...nope, no way, not going there.
To judge from the way the many of people I know act (and spend), none of them have any money issues whatsoever. No one seems worried about making the mortgage, paying for health insurance, putting food on the table, taking vacations or anything else. Which is good. I mean I'm glad that most people I know aren't in any financial struggle.
And yet I wonder. I wonder if, in the secret darkness of the night, they lie awake and worry? Despite knowing that worry does nothing, I've been there more times than I'd like to admit. I've spend long hours in the dark asking God for direction, for employment and for income. So far, he's given me my daily bread, but I wouldn't complain if he were to allow me to "buy happiness" in the not-so-distance future.
Do you think God knows about the $50,000 cut off number? :)