In The Pursuit of Happiness, David Myers cites research demonstrating that once creature comforts are in place, there is a very weak link between income and happiness.
Neither do citizens of the wealthiest nations experience more happiness than those in developing countries.
In fact, rates of depression and alcoholism have increased in the United States since World War II, in spite of our having experienced unprecedented economic growth.
Money just can’t guarantee happiness.
However, a good circle of friends pretty much does guarantee happiness.
According to a survey from the National Opinion Research Center, the more friends you have, the happier you are.
Other studies show that close relationships promote health.
Author Robert Putnam says, “Social isolation is as big a risk factor for death as smoking. Your chances of dying in the next 12 months are halved by joining a group. By far, the biggest component of happiness is how connected you are.”
It’s been said, “Money is like a glove. Friendship is like your hand. One is useful, the other essential.”
The lesson here is: Make Friends. As the cliché goes, it will add years to your life and life to your years.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!