Will Being Rich Make Us Happier?

Is having lots of money the key to financial security and happiness? Many of us seem to think so. More than 140 million Americans buy lottery tickets each year. By winning that $100 million jackpot, we can finally buy our dream house, quit our job, and travel the world! We feel we would no longer have to argue about money with our loved ones. But is having more cash really the way out of daily life stress? A play I recently watched, Timon of Athens, shows that a sizable bank account is not the solution to our problems—even in the 1600s. Timon was super rich, but spent his money foolishly, and ended up wretched and broke. In fact, 70% of people who win a lottery or get a big windfall end up b

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