The whole “money can’t buy happiness” idea does make sense in a lot of ways. People often find themselves caught in unbridled consumerism. While purchases can help provide temporary “happiness”, it’s not exactly a sustainable lifestyle. So, you can’t directly use money to improve happiness. But what about deciding to have less money in exchange for a better life? Or, given additional money, what should you spend it on? MSN Money published an article, “7 Days to Buy Happiness“. My favorite:
Buy back your time: Spending, or surrendering, money to regain personal time is another popular investment.
The idea of actually reducing your income (in exchange for things that really can improve your life) makes a lot of sense. Personally, deciding that climbing the corporate ladder wasn’t worth the exchange in quality of life was one of the best (and most lasting) decisions I ever made!