Recent research from LendingTree shows that 33% of Americans believe money brings them more contentment than love does.
As the popular saying goes "money cannot buy happiness", but is it really true? According to an article from LendingTree, an online loan marketplace, 33% of Americans stated that money brings them more contentment than love does. This percentage is quite remarkable but also varies from individual to individual. We can be certain that money does offer some level of joy, although it can drive some people to insanity, similar to some high-profile celebrities.
Even though money can be a limiting factor for many, it's something that all of us have dreamed of having in abundance. Reddit user u/GrouchyResolution974 gave us a peek into others' desires by posing the question: "If money was no object, what's one thing you would treat yourself to regularly?" This topic was widely popular on Reddit, receiving 22K upvotes and 12.4K comments with some fascinating responses.
"Weekly housekeeping services. I really hate housekeeping.", commented EmotionalAnt9586 "When my kids transitioned from full-time daycare to before/after when they hit school age, we put the extra savings towards an every-other-week house cleaner. We were already used to paying as much as we were so it was a pretty good added benefit.", says freezerwpg "Added benefit: you can’t let crap pile up (unless you wanna feel like a total shitheel), so you end up with less lingering half-finished household chores, at least for a couple of days out of the two-week cycle.", Said bonos_bovine_muse
"My back tooth is just gone after a failed root canal. An implant would run like 6 grand. I've just had nothing there for like 2 years now.", said Funktastic34 "I don’t have dental insurance and have cavities. It’s like a grand plus to fix, may not seem like a lot but I don’t have that to just toss away. I hate American healthcare." commented OtherWorldRedditor
"Facials, massages, vacations", commented blondie1028 "Definitely massages. I work labor and it would change my life.", said Cult_Of_Cthulu
"I would treat myself to retirement.", said PMYourLovelyBody "When money is no object, it's called retirement. Or at least Funemployment." commented wayoverpaid
"Lately, I've mostly figured out how I want my future apartment/house to look inside, so I'd buy all of the things I might want to have. And the more expensive versions of the foods", commented Affectionate_Fox1318 If I had a lot of money I'd buy a house but I wouldn't say I'd "treat myself to it regularly", said paroles
"Personal cook/nutritionist. Having my meals made for me, and them being healthy meals, would be so nice. Think I would never have takeout food/bad food ever again." commented Foreverfa11ing
"Staff. Just staff. Housekeeper, nannies, chauffeurs, personal trainer, personal chef, personal assistant, etc..", said jorsiem
"Therapy sessions were like $120 each time. Unironically therapy would be my response to this thread. It just feels like therapy is something that can have life-changing effects on people yet most just can't afford it." says master-shake69 "This. Therapy can benefit everyone if they are willing to really put the work in and be receptive to advise. I can't stand anti-therapy people, the reality is everyone can benefit from self-improvement." commented _OhMyPlatypi_
"Should be higher. Stress-free sleep. No worrying about bills, whether the economy is going to crash and I’ll lose my job, about saving for retirement, etc. Just good sleep and worry about tomorrow when it’s tomorrow.", Commented PerfectlySplendid
"Flights. I don't have the money to regularly fly places and wish to be able to fly home and see my family for the first time in 2 years", commented SovietGunther "Long international flights in first class. Something about that just seems so relaxing to me.", said DMane88
"Every musical instrument I can fit under a roof", says Flat_Bodybuilder_175
"Brazil in September you can't really eat enough mangoes. Kids fill their backpacks with mangoes after school on their way home, we make juice every day, freeze the pulp, some people even make jelly (I don't like mango jelly) and there are just tons of mangoes rotting all over the street attracting bees.", commented cambiro
"Saffron. I would buy so much saffron.", commented mia_smith257
"A personality trainer," commented Specialist-Cake-9919 "I could use a personality trainer. Mine sucks," said CausticSkye
"Fancier and more frequent date nights with the wife" commented payneinthemike