Scientists have long been perplexed about how to measure such a thing as happiness. Studies that examine relationships between money and happiness raise the idea that although money may not directly bring us happiness beyond taking care of our basic needs, it has the potential to add peripheral benefits that can lead to more happiness.
Ultimately, this discussion was not so much about who should pay, but more about the feelings that can arise around money based on each person’s past experiences and beliefs. Projecting these emotions onto the situation without examining them can derail the relationship before it even gets started.
Being a relative newcomer to dating, I’ve been intrigued with how people get to know one another and what they look for in a prospective mate. Often, people are adamant about being with someone who shares their political and religious beliefs, yet fail to have any discussion about money. The "money conversation" can be harder [...]