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Does money give you BLISS? ANNETT BLECHSTEIN


“I’d rather sit and cry in the back of a BMW than smile on the back of my boyfriend’s bicycle.”


If You Are the One was the most watched TV dating show in China. Te reality show wowed its audience with many beautiful women and their brutal rejections of suit- ors, and showed how widely money is wor- shipped. A young female contestant was asked by a possible date whether she would like to go for a bicycle ride. Her answer sparked a flurry of discussions across China when she answered with the quote at the top of this article.


It seems that many young Chinese girls would never consider dating a man who earned less than they do. Many women don’t want to marry anyone who doesn’t own a house and men believe they won’t be respected and sought after by girls unless they are wealthy or will be one day.


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Is this example too extreme? Would you say “Of course, that’s not bliss”? Ten let me give you a different example:


A friend grew up in Germany. She was raised under the guidance that “Life is not fair, but if you work hard, you will make money and then you will be happy.” So she worked hard, saved money and could afford to rent a flat, buy a car, and take a beautiful holiday each year; she ticked ‘all the right boxes’ in her ‘formula’.


But where was the happiness? Te bank ac- count grew bigger, she had salary increases, but she did not feel happy. She even felt guilty about receiving the higher salary. She felt she didn’t deserve it and hence had to work even longer hours. She was sabotaging herself.


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