Harvard Biz Professor Michael Norton Says Money Makes Us Happy
by Stan Faryna
Can money buy you happiness? At TEDX Cambridge, Michael Norton argued that money can buy you happiness – when you spend it on other people.
I do not dispute Norton’s contention that spending money on others is worthwhile. In fact, I’m a big believer in giving. I also believe that giving is key to individual and human happiness – a happiness that is present in both moments, lives, and, yes, everything.
Because giving belongs to love and love belongs to our purpose, mission, identity, design, and destiny.
I love how Janet Callaway uses Norton’s video as a springboard for giving. I also agree that we need to ask ourselves, how do we get into our happy – just as Peg Fitzpatrick asks, How Do You Get Into Your Creative Flow?
What I contend are the unreflected platitudes that passionately suggest that spending money is the most efficient and effective manner to give. Or to love. Or to live whole-heartedly.
The one thing that social is teaching us, for example, is that you can give by curating others and lifting up other voices. By tweeting links to people’s blog posts and website. By mentioning and linking to other bloggers in your blog posts. By liking a Facebook post. Doing so gives as much feel good (or better) as buying them an Iced Venti Moccahino at Starbucks.
Am I mistaken?
Michael Norton, How To Buy Happiness (TED Talk)
26 April 2012
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