It’s easy to believe if we had more money we’d be happier.
We tend to envy those who are rich and famous. It appears they’re living the good life. Going out to fancy restaurants. Traveling the world. Working in glamorous professions such as professional sports or acting. They truly seem to have it all.
We tell ourselves “money doesn’t make people happy” but do we really believe those words?
Two very public examples ought to make us believe them.
The 23-year-old former tight-end for the New England Patriots, who was recently charged with first-degree murder and is under investigation for several other murders. Last August, Hernandez agreed to a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension with the Patriots.
The 31-year-old star from the television show, Glee, who died this month of a drug overdose, ironically just two months after completing a stint in rehab. Some reports peg his net worth at $2 million.
Both stars had troubled pasts with family issues.
And Monteith began his struggle with substance abuse when he was just a child.
Both appeared to overcome their troubled childhoods.
Both appeared to be successful… to have it all.
Now one is in jail and the other is dead.
Things are not always as they seem. Fame and fortune don’t necessarily solve all problems.
I wonder how many times we have to witness tragedies such as these to finally grasp that money doesn’t necessarily equal happiness. It doesn’t necessarily make things better. Sometimes, it may just make things worse.