Why do we all play the lottery when it’s been proven that winning the lottery won’t make us any happier? Lottery winners are no happier six months after they win the lottery than they were before they one. Many of them are considerably unhappier.
I wrote a few days ago about how money isn’t evil. The flip side is also true – money won’t solve all your problems. I think we play the lottery because we don’t want to go to work everyday and we think we want a new car, maybe a new house and fancier vacations. The real problem is that we don’t know what we want – we don’t know what would make us happy. While money is certainly an enabler and I believe having money is a good thing, it won’t help you figure out the purpose of your life. Money won’t help you figure out what makes you happy. It won’t tell you how to spend your day.
The key to happiness isn’t winning the lottery, it’s figuring out what makes you happy. I guarantee that if you know what makes you happy, what you enjoy doing every day, you can find a way to do that and pay the bills. But no matter how big the jackpot is, it won’t tell you what to do with the rest of your life.