If you were to ask people what they needed to be happy, two of the most common
answers would be health and wealth. Both are definitely necessary for happiness.
However, if you could only have one, which is more important? It is my opinion,
health wins hands down.
Firstly, health is
more important than wealth because if you are physically fit, you will have a
sense of well-being. That means that you will feel happy. Wealth does not
necessarily do the same. Many people mistakenly think that they would be happy
if they had a million ringgit. They think that having more money will solve all
their problems. On the contrary, it has been found that being wealthy can
actually rob you of your peace of mind. Rich people suffer from more stress,
anxiety, suspicion and unhappiness.
Besides that, wealth is of no use without health. To understand this, we must
look at why we gather wealth. The purpose of doing so is to be able to supply
our daily needs and make ourselves happy by spending on luxuries. Without good
health, no matter how much one spends on material things, that person will not
be able to enjoy them to the fullest. For example, a person who is unwell would
not be able to eat everything he wants to even though he could afford to buy the
most expensive food. A person who is bedridden
will not be able to enjoy vacations in exotic places even if he owned a private
plane. Therefore, health is more important than wealth as wealth is useless
Another point in favour of health is that if you were healthy, you would be
able to gain wealth. The reverse is not
possible. If a person is healthy, he would be able to find work or carry out
investments that could eventually make him wealthy. However, for a person who is
wealthy but ill, even the best medical care that money can buy may not guarantee
the return of that person's health. This fact alone is sufficient to support the
view that wealth is less important than health.
In a nutshell, health is indeed more important than wealth for the reasons
explained above. Of course, the ideal situation would be to have both health and
wealth. But if you had to choose, pick the one that gives you the greatest
amount of happiness.