if money can’t make us happy

One of the most deeply rooted symbols in people’s imagination today is the association between happiness and wealth with its many derivatives (consumerism, power and accumulation). Yet this axiom is not only false, it is also one of the major causes of unhappiness. This article presents some detrimental cultural and social consequences of this mentality, also in light of research carried out in the psychological sphere. These all arrive at the same conclusion attributed to Jesus: “There is more joy in giving than in receiving.” Even so, trust in the binomial of happiness and possession-of-goods shows no sign of relenting. It is a typical example of what researchers call “intellectual distortion.”