Money can’t buy you happiness…or can it? According to science, it absolutely can.

In a 2018 study by Purdue University, they found that dollars make a difference when it comes to happiness and perceived life satisfaction.

We know what you’re probably thinking, “haven’t you heard of mo’ money mo’ problems!” This is true if you are spending your money the wrong way. Here is a list of 5 ways that money actually CAN put a smile on your face and make you feel like a million bucks…or at least a hundred bucks.

#1 Picking Up the Bill For Friends

No, we aren’t saying to stand on the bar and scream, “next round is on me!” But, how great would it feel to pick up the dinner bill next time you meet up with your friends. Or buying your sister a meal after a long week. It may not seem like much, but doing small things for the people closest to you is a great way to use your money in a way that makes you feel good.

#2 Buying Yourself Free Time

What would you do if you had more free time? Work on a side hustle? Nap and watch Netflix? We can all agree that free time is the best time and we all need more of it. Spend money on services that will allow you more leeway to do the things that bring you joy!

  • Get some help cleaning around the house
  • Hire a babysitter for monthly date nights
  • Get an assistant to free up some of your tasks
  • Replace the dishwasher so you don’t have to hand wash dishes

Having more time for yourself is worth the price!

#3 Giving Back to the Community

Money can be stressful, but we can all agree that putting it towards a good cause it always a great feeling. But when was the last time you spontaneously donated to a research fund or bought dog food for a nearby shelter? Seeing the impact that we can make is a rewarding and heart warming experience that makes us truly happy. We all have a charity or cause in mind that we wish we could donate to more. And with money, you can!

#4 Rewarding Yourself for Hard Work

You spend most of your time grinding away at your job. While hard work is already a rewarding feeling, when was the last time you treated yourself to something you’ve really been wanting and deserve? It’s important to celebrate life’s little victories and reward yourself for achieving goals and hitting certain milestones.

  • Buy that pair of running shoes you’ve had your eyes on for months
  • Go to that fancy restaurant that has the world’s best steak dinner
  • Treat yourself to a day at the spa with your partner

It is always a great feeling to appreciate yourself for your accomplishments.

#5 Buy More Experiences

You don’t have to jetset to a yoga retreat in Bora Bora to buy happiness. It could be as simple as spending 20 dollars extra on a gourmet Italian restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. It might be taking a train to the other side of town to explore some new hiking trails. Money has the ability to make these experience that make you feel happy and fulfilled, a reality.

In one way or another, money CAN buy everyone happiness. How does money buy you happiness? Let us know on social media! We’d love to hear from you.