Maybe the reason that money doesn’t make us happy is that we’re always spending it on the wrong things, and in particular, that we’re always spending it on ourselves.
If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right. The implication is not, you should buy this product instead of that product and that’s the way to make yourself happier. It is, in fact, that you should stop thinking about which product to buy for yourself and try giving some of it to other people instead.
Think less about, ‘How can I spend money on myself?’ and more about, ‘If I’ve got five dollars or 15 dollars, what can I do to benefit other people?’ Because ultimately, when you do that, you’ll find that you’ll benefit yourself much more.
On this Cyber Monday, we don’t have any promo codes or delivery drones, but what we do have is pretty awesome: the super smart Harvard Business professor Michael Norton talking about how to buy happiness.
In his talk, Michael shares years of research on how money affects our happiness, revealing that buying that present for your mom might be healthier than you think.
This weekend, nearly 100 TEDx events around the world will participate in TEDxYouthDay, our tribute to youth-driven ideas and inspiration. Many of these events will be streamed online….for FREE! Watch along with us and follow the hashtag #TEDxYouth on Twitter and Instagram.
To get ready for TEDxYouthDay, we asked our youth reporters to share the change they wish the spark in the world. Their answers totally blew us away. Below, a few of our reporters’ big ideas for a better world:
My dream is for girls all over the world to be valued in their communities, educated, and given the opportunity to be leaders who have the power to shape their world.
Katy Ma, 17, United States
"My big dream is to see more people think outside the box."
Farokh Shahabi Nezhad, 22, Iran
"My big dream is for the youth of Africa to realise their potential — to see that no one is in a better place to solve the challenges which plague the continent."
Tumelo Motaung, 25, South Africa
"My dream is that one day every child will have access to food, shelter and education."
Bassant Okab, 17, Qatar
"My big dream for the world is better cultural understanding and tolerance."
Tea Salazar, 15, United States
"I want people to have a deeper awareness of respect, understanding, and appreciation for those who have experienced the world in different ways than their own."
Francesca Manto, 19, United States