I believe most of my audience believes that money will not buy them happiness, just material possessions. I also believe that most people would like to believe that money can’t make them happier, many people will never put this belief to the test and acquire wealth. As much of my research show that money can in fact make someone happy, I will move this to the end of my paper to show that I have researched the other areas and actually found what’s true. I think starting out to show how money can make us unhappy can be very relatable to many readers because most people have at one time or another wished they had more money. By starting out in my paper to disprove the “money can’t buy happiness” theory would turn away many of my readers.
I think many people people live with the misconception that money can’t buy happiness but can’t really know this is true unless they themselves have experienced having a lot of money. I think most people like to think that money can’t buy them happiness to help them be content about not making a lot of money or being rich. Research shows that while money can buy many things to make our lives better, money does indirectly make us happy. If people think of what makes them comfortable in their lives, they will see that money has made it all possible and envisioning themselves without money, they would probably see themselves as pretty unhappy having experienced these luxuries. I have come to believe that money can’t directly buy us happiness by having a huge number in the bank, what we do with that money can make us happy.
One of my three view in my paper explores how money affects our happiness. There is a lot of research that shows that money greatly affects our happiness up to a point of about 75,000 dollars yearly income. Any income above this only slightly makes us more happy, if at all. Another way money can make us happy is if we spend it on other people as opposed to ourselves. Another view to my paper is how money makes us unhappy. By being pressured to buy all the latest products, this can lead people into debt if they don’t make enough money. This can lead to increased stress and more time needing to work. More time away from friends and family leads to more unhappiness. My last viewpoint in my paper is how money doesn’t affect our happiness at all. If people don’t do anything with their money to improve their lives, money won’t affect their happiness. Money is related to many aspects of life so this is a challenging side to research and write about.
One particular source in my research is motivated by expressing her own viewpoints in how money changes her outlook on life. She explains how she is affected by all the advertisements and how she feels compelled to buy these products. She is motivated to express how money can’t make you happy because more time working to buy these items takes more time away from her family and friends. She responds mostly in favor of the film Affluenza; a film that exaggerates Americans’ spending habits. I am keeping track of all my sources by keeping separate tabs in my internet browser so I can refer to them as needed. I am mostly taking notes in my rough draft and later going into further depth with them.
I found all of my websites using .org at the end of my search in google. I found these websites to be credible because the websites were updated at least once this year. Most of these websites had few to no advertisements; this shows that commerce isn’t persuading the writers on what they should write about to increase popularity. Most of these websites have biases into them because they only discuss one particular side of the subject without elaboration of the other side is arguing. I find these website helpful to gain insight in what all the sides to my research question are arguing. I can use this information from the websites and see if any scholarly sources can back up the information to make it credible.
I found these sources using the UWMC library database. I found it was quite difficult finding any information that scholars have written about my topic on how wealth affects our minds. I learned that I can greatly reduce the amount of articles in the search by narrowing down the subject title in which they are categorized.
When I was searching for my sources, I found that using .org in the search bar helped me find a good source for my paper. PBS seems credible to me because they have been making educational videos for over 20 years. The first website I found had many biases in it, but I will still use this source for a point of view in my paper. If I can find that their information is in fact credible, I will use this as a side in my research paper. It seems like their are many opinionated articles on my subject and few studies that have actually tested the difference between affluent people and ones who are not.