What would make you happy? Really happy? Anice holiday, lazing on a tropical beach? Maybe a blowout meal with friends ata swanky restaurant? Or possibly splashing out on a pair of the latest designerjeans? All these pleasures cost money so does that mean we need lots of cash tofeel good or does the old saying 'money can't buy happiness' still ring true?
This well-worn adage has been put to thetest by scientists in Canada. They found that when used in the right way, moneycan bring us happiness. They discovered that when you use money to free uptime, by paying someone to do your chores for example, you are happier. In anexperiment, individuals reported greater higher life satisfaction if they used$40 to save time rather than spend it on material goods such as a new pair ofshoes. But surprisingly, the researchers found that fewer than a third ofindividuals spent money to buy themselves time each month.
In our hectic lives time is one thing weseem to be short of. People are reporting a 'time famine', where they get stressedover the daily demands on their time. Psychologists say stress over lack oftime causes lower well-being and contributes to anxiety and insomnia. But inmany countries now, as incomes are rising, there is an option to buy more time.
This can be through hiring a cleaner toclean your house or outsourcing your ironing to someone else – giving usvaluable extra hours to do the things we want to do. And in manyforward-thinking companies, staff are given the opportunity to buy more timeoff or work flexibly.
Professor Dunn, who worked with colleaguesat Harvard Business School, Maastricht University and Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdam, says that "money can in fact buy time. And it buys time prettyeffectively… and so my take home message is, 'think about it, is theresomething you hate doing that fills you with dread and could you pay somebodyelse to do that for you?' If so, then science says that's a pretty good use ofmoney.''
I would agree that buying more time makesme feel happier and more relaxed. But making time a priority over making moneydoes come at a price; you have less cash to spend on the things you now havetime to do. However there's another old saying that 'life is short and time isswift' so there's no time to waste and there's more to life than doing tedioushousework!
splash out 花大笔钱
money can't buy happiness 金钱买不到幸福
material goods 物质商品
time famine “时间荒”
come at a price 要付出很高的代价
life is short and time is swift 生命短暂，时光飞逝