“Does wealth truly makes us healthier and happier?” This question was asked by my colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Anne gave a thoughtful response that I want to share with my readers. Anna wrote:
In the 2006 movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, homeless, unemployed, single parent Chris Gardner struggles to find a home and financial security for his son. The movie includes numerous heart-rending scenes of Gardner (played by Will Smith) lining up with his son at homeless shelters while trying to hold down an unpaid internship at a Wall Street investment company. He sees success at that internship as his last chance to pull his little family out of poverty.
The movie is based on the memoirs of the real Chris Gardner, who did make it through that difficult period with his son and became a successful Wall Street investment banker and philanthropist. At the time of the movie’s release, Gardner and his son (now an adult) were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. At one point she asked Gardener’s son whether he remembered being homeless, and what it was like. Christopher Jr. answered – in essence – that he only remembers how wonderful and safe it always felt to be with his dad.
Read more from Anna Bowness-Park’s blog.