More Money, More Life?
I grew up in a family that didn’t have much until I turned 16. I remember that getting turkey for sandwiches instead of ham was a big deal, because it used to be more expensive. I noticed the other day that that’s not the way it is anymore, but that’s beside the point. Turkey was a treat. Both ham and turkey are good for you, but ham’s got a bit more fat and salt content. That’s just one example; we ate a lot of frozen and prepared food just because it was easier on our wallets.
This is the first of a few reasons that it’s speculated that the amount of money we have is directly related to how long we live, but researchers are unsure as to why this is the case. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but, as usual, I have an opinion about everything. Here are my thoughts as to why this may be the case:
- Your eating habits can be better. Think about the crap people eat during college if they live off campus. Ramen noodles, Spaghetti-O’s, and frozen dinners. Why? Because they’re cheap. College kids are broke and many of them can’t afford a meal that’s good for you unless they have a meal plan. When you have more income, you can buy meat and produce and all of the things that help you make homemade meals that aren’t as bad for you. This prevents obesity and other diseases that can be caused by poor eating habits.
- You can pay for any medical emergencies. If something happens to you, like getting a life-threatening disease or being in a horrible accident, if you have more money, you are likely to have health care and/or be able to pay for any excess costs that may be accrued. People who aren’t as financially stable don’t have that luxury, which could make their life a bit shorter.
- Having a stable income reduces stress.I am a firm believer that money doesn’t buy happiness, but financial stability definitely reduces stress. You’re not wondering where your next meal will come from or if you have a roof over your head. Many diseases and disorders are stress-reduced, and being too stressed out can reduce your life span significantly.
- You’re more easily able to do what you enjoy. It’s hard to have leisure activities when you can’t afford to do them. Having leisure time activities reduces stress and helps you to stay focused and not go crazy because of whatever. “What you enjoy” can also encompass physical activity, which helps us stay fit and healthy and can prevent weight-related diseases.
What do you think? Can money really help us live longer, or is it just because we’re alive longer that we have more money? Are there other reasons that I’m totally missing in my opinions, or do you think I’m wrong in some way? Talk to me! Share your thoughts in the comments, have a great day, and until Friday, spend smart, save smart!