The more advanced our society becomes, the more capacity it can create to measure happiness.
Think of it: There is such thing as empirical or statistical data that measures happiness. Modern companies use mood-meters which are basically quick surveys that measure people’s felt emotions.
Economists who work on this kind of topics are called behavioral economists.
There are conflicting views about money, but the right one among all and the greatest of them said, “It is better to give than to receive.” He was Jesus. This statement was written in a book that is outside the four Gospels- in the book of Acts 20:35.
What he said was true. Giving is better than receiving. Producing is better than consuming. Serving and working is better than receiving aid.
This even applies to money. Receiving and accumulating will never make you happy. It’s the giving that counts. The more you give, the happier you are, the more fulfilled you are.
But are all rich people happy? Obviously no. To be rich does not mean to be happy because not all wealthy cheerfully give, some are driven by greed. Greediness robs happiness.
But does this also mean that all poor people are happy? Absolutely no. The poor who does not give is never happy. It can be restated as, the poor who does not render services is never happy.
The grand classification is this:
1. Rich people who are good givers.
2. Rich people who are greedy.
3. Poor people who are good givers.
4. Poor people who are greedy.
One more thing that robs happiness many rich people is debt and worry. To be buried in unwise debt causes uninvited mental load. Many who are labeled rich are merely people who are impatient to get rich and get into a lot of troubles (Proverbs 28:20), so wealth quantity is never the basis, it’s the heart behind it.
The philosophy of Jesus is that givers are happier, better and greater. Those who go through life with the right motives and mindset about wealth tend to be wealthier and happier as time goes by.
He even teaches to “exploit” temporary riches and turn them into eternal items of happiness: “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9. He teaches that gaining wealth has an eternal purpose.
Jesus does not abhor money, he understands its significance to our calling as creatures in the image of God. He created us to have dominion. He tells the truth about money. You can never wrong with him.
And yes, money can buy happiness but only in his terms, only in his own definition. Money mindsets that are unbiblical need to be shunned away, there is a mindset better than all.