Does Money Buy Happiness?

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You know the older I get, the more that I believe that to be true...."Money doesn't buy you happiness."

Although money lets you rent happiness for a while. Short term as that may be..in the long term..money won't make you happy.

I used to hear this saying all the time when I was a kid growing up in my middle-class household. My mom and dad would tell me that...and I would just shrug it off saying...."yeah whatever."

However, as I've reached adulthood and have known many millionaires and multimillionaires...both from many different backgrounds....about the only thing in common that all of them had...yep you guest it...they were all pretty miserable. Even thinking about them now...I can honestly say that the money they had made things worse.

They had a different kind of money problem...in that they were worried about who was trying to sue them....what family member was trying to mooch from them...and how many friends were hitting them up for a loan.

On the flip side, I've met many more individuals who couldn't rub 2 nickels together....and they were so happy it would make you sick.

What are your thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author WiFi
    Studies have revealed that money does not buy happiness; however, it does buy comfortability which can be considered a form of happiness up to a certain point.
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    • Profile picture of the author danstelter
      Originally Posted by WiFi View Post

      Studies have revealed that money does not buy happiness; however, it does buy comfortability which can be considered a form of happiness up to a certain point.
      I agree with this - it seems like money can make you happy up to a certain point. I.E. if I were broke, homeless, and unable to afford food or clothing, I'd be pretty unhappy. But, if I can now buy those things and meet my basic physical needs, I'm a little happier.

      There's definitely some end point. If I had $1 million, I don't think I'd be twice as happy with $2 million. As long as I have what I need to meet my basic needs and some left over at the end of the month, that's all that's needed.

      It's definitely short-term, not long-term, in most cases.

      Unfortunately, we have to spend a ton of time pursuing it to make or basic needs in this day and age
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    • Profile picture of the author hireava
      Originally Posted by WiFi View Post

      Studies have revealed that money does not buy happiness; however, it does buy comfortability which can be considered a form of happiness up to a certain point.
      I totally agree! Most of the people would say that money can't buy happiness...it is priceless. But having a comfortable living is one factor that makes a person happy. And if you want to have a comfortable life, then you have to have money for you to achieve it.
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      • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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        Originally Posted by hireava View Post

        I totally agree! Most of the people would say that money can't buy happiness...it is priceless. But having a comfortable living is one factor that makes a person happy. And if you want to have a comfortable life, then you have to have money for you to achieve it.
        The question is does Money buy happiness. If you need money for anything then the answer is yes. You answered the question beautifully. The man that lives in the cave who says he don't need money and living off the land is actually living off of others who go to work bring home food which he digs out the garbage to eat. Somebodies money making him happy.

        This reminds me of the 1st or second episode of the new 2 and 1/2 men. When a couple came to see charlie sheens mansion (since he died) to see if they were going to buy it. The husband said, "this house is a bit too expensive". The wife replied, "oh honey the universe will take care of it". The husband then rebutts, " the universe aint paying for this house I am". LOL.

        Naysayers: Don't give me that BULL*^%# that money don't buy happiness. Give me yours and I will surely show you what happiness is.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dimagiba
      Originally Posted by WiFi View Post

      Studies have revealed that money does not buy happiness; however, it does buy comfortability which can be considered a form of happiness up to a certain point.
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    • Profile picture of the author creaver1
      Originally Posted by WiFi View Post

      Studies have revealed that money does not buy happiness; however, it does buy comfortability which can be considered a form of happiness up to a certain point.
      Actually, it may be better to reframe this. It is not so much that money can buy happiness, but more that not having money takes away from happiness. The research you mention suggests that around $40,000 is a cutoff point. Having more than that doesn't add happiness, but having less decreases happiness.

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      • Profile picture of the author ERPLeadsWriter
        Originally Posted by creaver1 View Post

        Actually, it may be better to reframe this. It is not so much that money can buy happiness, but more that not having money takes away from happiness. The research you mention suggests that around $40,000 is a cutoff point. Having more than that doesn't add happiness, but having less decreases happiness.

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        I've heard of these studies myself but I keep having trouble finding the links. I think maybe we should put them here for the benefit of everyone reading this thread.

        I for one wouldn't mind sending that research to a lot of my friends who think it's nice showing off how much money you have and thinking how being a cheap-skate makes for a restrictive lifestyle. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisChandra
    Money doesn't buy happiness. We want money because we imagine the things we could do with it, the problems we could solve, the comfort we can create, but once money starts rolling we get distracted and lose touch with our original purpose. At least that's what I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoampsteve
    I have a different question..... how much money you are talking about ...... kidding...

    Definitely there are things which money can't buy ..... but for most of the problems we face the only remedy we are left with is money....
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Gomez
    Money buys me choices..........and if you work it right this can lead to happiness.

    Whether thats being with your loved ones or hitting another deal, its much harder when you can't choose what you want to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Money does not buy happiness, however, if you are already happy, money makes this a lot easier and better. If you are not happy, money will not make you so on its own.

    However, I know many millionaires and 1 billionaire and they are happy.

    There are happy rich people, middle class people and poor people.

    There are also unhappy rich, middle class and poor people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roan
    It can be a tool to create a situation for you where you actually can be happy in.
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    • Profile picture of the author cyberdenizen
      Originally Posted by Roan View Post

      It can be a tool to create a situation for you where you actually can be happy in.
      I agree. Money is just a tool. It is not an end, but a means to create a better quality of life. While money may not be the most important thing in the world, it does affect the things that are most important to you. The lack of money affects one's health, relationships, security and well-being.
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  • Profile picture of the author ultimatebest
    Money is my inspiration. There are many things that I dream about having and that just doesn't include "love" per say. I enjoy having a nice expensive meal sometimes without wondering if my bank account will be in the red the next day. Sometimes, I like to get my hair nicely cut without stressing out about how am I going to afford tipping the hair stylist without my bank account going in the red. No, money will not buy me happiness but it allows me to have simple pleasures in life that not only relaxes me but also makes me feel good. However, if you feel bad having money then donate it to charity Either way - it can make you feel good that you had the money to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rankx
    Money doesn't buy happiness but can contribute. It all depends on what comes with the money. With the increase of money some people just get more problems. They become a target of others. So its all relative.
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    • Profile picture of the author Phoenixfk
      Originally Posted by Rankx View Post

      Money doesn't buy happiness but can contribute. It all depends on what comes with the money. With the increase of money some people just get more problems. They become a target of others. So its all relative.
      I'll say what my dad says: money isn't everything but it is important. If you do not have money to buy your 10 year old son some ice-cream definately won't fill you with happiness. However if you are rich and you fail to put in time with family, then you shall be miserable in your deathbed when you look around and see nobody there to 'see you off'. It depends on what you use money for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnus Koenig
    Money is a thing that can be use to buy what we desire to have and from that, it will make us happy. But in a certain point of life, money is not the only thing that can make us happy because there are a lot of things money can't buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greenfatman
    I think money can buy the sadness ...
    Hey guys money can buy nearly everything, it can help you be comfortable and it can save your life too.
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      I read somewhere it's what you spend it on that matters.

      If you have $10,000 and you spend it on a TV and a garden sculpture to impress your neighbors, you're probably not going to be much happier from that in six months than if you had kept your old TV and had no statue.

      If you have $10,000 and you spend it on a trip to Florida to hang out with your grandpa before he dies, six months later, you'll be very happy you spent that bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author feliciayapsl
    Whether you have lots of money, and no money, they have their own problems.

    Having money can buy you things that you want on top of what you already need. You do not have to worry about where your next meal is going to come, your bills due tomorrow, etc.

    However, having lots of money can change one's character completely. I've seen enough stories of family broken up because of money, family lawsuits of who gets the inheritance, etc. Are all these necessary? It is very sad if things have to turn out this way.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaggyjay
    Happiness is a choice. A famous fellow once said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - I'm sure it was Abe Lincoln Thus, being happy is quite up to you.

    Money, on the other hand, is just a tool. You can do lot's with it... or not. It can bring your best... or your worst. But whatever it brings out, was already within you.
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  • Profile picture of the author clarentino
    yeah, money does not buy happiness but try being poor and not having enough cash to feed your kids.

    I would choose being rich any time of the day.
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    • Profile picture of the author Techono
      Originally Posted by clarentino View Post

      yeah, money does not buy happiness but try being poor and not having enough cash to feed your kids.

      I would choose being rich any time of the day.
      That's for sure. I'd rather be financially well off ANY day.
      Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a good time.
      (and a house, Car, motorbike, education, holidays, help others and so on,
      but not in that order).
      You can still be happy as well...
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    • Profile picture of the author businessmatt
      Originally Posted by clarentino View Post

      yeah, money does not buy happiness but try being poor and not having enough cash to feed your kids.

      I would choose being rich any time of the day.
      x2. I don't buy the "money can't buy happiness" line. It's a partial truth. It buys freedom and the ability to make ends meet. When you have neither of those 2 things it is very difficult to be happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author uppergrade
    money cant buy happiness but happiness comes from our fullfilled desires and YES money can fullfill our desires. A big house, a new car little bank balance . these things make me and my family happy. when i have no burden to earn for survive then i can spend more time with my family and friends. on other hand we can say that money can buy happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneyraiser
    I think in some way money can buy you happiness. For example your family needs are fulfilled and you don't need to worry about paying bills, etc. I don't think that your family would be very happy if day to day you must think about how to pay for car and house, how to pay for kids needs and so on. What about vacations and running away from routine for few days... Money can give you that you cannot afford when you do not have them. And it is very important.

    In other hand, yes, money cannot buy you good relationship with your family, or money cannot buy you physic income, but it depends from us, we can improve this.

    I think that people can combine material and physic happiness and people who say that that people who are rich are very unhappy, I think they are fool and do not like their life. They never make their dreams come true. That's sad and you would be amazed how many people are depressed because of routine and life's monotony.

    To sum up, try to have money and improve at your physic income, combine them and your life will be very beatiful.
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  • Profile picture of the author rojkoserghei
    Money can not buy health and family! But this is the most important in life...
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    • Profile picture of the author jameswatson2002
      Originally Posted by Michael Milken View Post

      Actually, money can buy health. With more money, you have access to top of the line healthcare and access to the components that makes for a healthy life. Eating the right foods, cleansing the body regularly, etc. all cost money. Unless of course you grow your own food.

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      Yes, few people think about it, but this is correct, money=health in many cases.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    I think attitude and being content with what you have in life is the only way to truly be happy in this world. Just being thankful.
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    • Profile picture of the author sq201
      Originally Posted by perfectlovehere View Post

      I think attitude and being content with what you have in life is the only way to truly be happy in this world. Just being thankful.

      I agree, your attitude and outlook on life can give you more happiness than money. Otherwise how would you explain all the rich people who are not content and happy with their lives?
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerjaysen
    Originally Posted by Michael Milken View Post


    Phrases like "money doesn't buy happiness" and "money is the root of all evil" are typically used by people trying to justify being broke. Love and happiness are both important but I can't use neither to pay any bills or invest for bigger returns.

    Not the real Michael Milken..right? I loved your story back in the 80's with the junk bonds bro....a true real-life Gordon Gecko...

    Yeah I agree with you on the "money is the root of all evil" being spoken usually by broke people. Or "do you think money grows on trees"....quote too. These are usually said by people that have the scarcity mindset and will always be broke.

    And yeah love and happiness can't pay the bills....but my point in the thread was not really....having zero money to pay bills....but rather having alot of money...or more than enough to pay your bills....the excess of too much money often leads those that have it to ponder....ruminate...on what it is exactly that will make them "happy".

    Which is why you see billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet giving all their fortunes away to charity....and convincing other billionaires like FB founder Zuckerburg to follow in their footsteps.

    It reminds me of the movie "Citizen Cane" when Orson talks about how "I could've been someone if I hadn't inherited all this money." In other words, his character wasn't happy at all from having a ton of dough. So on his death bed....he utters "Rosebud" which is the name of his snow sled that he remembered made him the most happiest of his life...when he was a kid before all the money entered his life.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxBounty
    I have to agree with the PPs who said that money doesn't necessarily buy happiness but it sure helps.

    Having money means not worrying about where your next meal comes from, how long you can keep the roof over your head, etc. Not stressing about having enough to survive surely leaves a personal happier in general.

    If you are lucky enough to have lots of money (more than you need to take care of basics), then you have even more freedom to find happiness. Maybe this means you can afford to take a trip to learn about new cultures, take time away from working to spend more time with a new baby (bliss), or explore new hobbies or career options.

    On the flip side, I have seen people with a lot of money that are unhappy. But this is usually not because of the money. These are the type of people that are never satisfied, no matter how much they have. Usually because they are always comparing themselves to others - never winning because there will always be someone richer than they are (with a newer car, bigger house, better suit, whatever).
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  • Profile picture of the author Smiling1
    money is helpful but definitely not the key to happiness
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  • Profile picture of the author aeri
    Tying in with a lot of people's comments about this, money can do these things:

    1. Make you happy
    2. Make you miserable
    3. Make you a target to smooch off of
    4. Lessen your worries about the future (for the most part)
    5. Allow you to spend time with your loved one and children (if you have this option)

    It really just depends. For me and myself only, I guesstimate that 30k per year is more than enough to fulfill my monetary needs (any future rent, bills, food, insurance possibly if I need anymore, etc.), so yes, it would vary by individuals. I believe it depends on how you value money and how you use it for your future.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeskola
    Of course it can.. It will allow you the freedom to do what you want. But be careful what you wish for... Having a large sum thrust upon you with no hard work to get it will usually turn out for the worst... But if you work for it, I believe it can.

    Read this recently and made me laugh... Hard.

    5 Reasons Money Can Buy Happiness | Cracked.com
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Monster
    I'm not sure money can buy happiness. However the lack of money/poverty is known to lead to depression, divorce, neglect, and social deficiency's.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    I've been rich, I've been poor.

    Rich is better.

    Seriously, however, while money does not buy happiness, it gives you the ability to choose the means in which you live. And if you live below your means, and pass on great values to your kids, and don't have to worry about their education, and have enough money left over to buy moose leashes, etc.....

    Money is pretty good.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    In one sense this saying is as silly as would be "your computer doesn't love you, you know". Your laptop is not meant to be the source of love, it's a tool you can use.

    But, on the other hand, what people usually search for when passionately wishing to become rich is happiness. This is of course a completely stupid thing to do, since the source of happiness is inside, it is dependent on your own thoughts and feelings. The ONLY thing that can bought in this matter is a book or a coatching program that would lead the person to have the right thoughts so that by these thoughts and feelings he could turn himself to that perfect frequency - already there, all the time, as a radio station - where he is happy.

    Of course, it's quite natural that people think happiness can be bought with that new car or a bigger house - ads around us continuously shout this on all of us. They think if they have those things they will be approved (loved) more. But they will not be, usually envy creates just the opposite (an advise: rent a luxury sports car for a day and you'll see how mean those people around you in the traffic become, especially in poorer neighbourhoods). They think they will be more secure but all of a sudden, when they do become rich, they need better security systems for their house and cars; they need to more watch out for their kids not to become victims of a kidnapping; they may feel the need to take a shooting course etc. Disapproval, insecurity and being out of control remained even with having the money - that is if nothing is changed inside. In fact, as money is an amplifier, those problems may actually even grow bigger.

    The positive side of this is that you may be happy even with those added tensions, added responsibilities - if you are on the right frequency inside. But you can tune into it regardless of being rich or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnhasland
    Money buys Freedom, then its up to you how to make yourself happy! If you cannot do it with money, then you have problems!
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    • Profile picture of the author ggg55555
      It may not buy happiness but it can help create great memories.
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    • Profile picture of the author philhunter
      Originally Posted by Johnhasland View Post

      Money buys Freedom, then its up to you how to make yourself happy! If you cannot do it with money, then you have problems!
      Yep I agree, money just buys freedom. I have been poor and also relatively rich and money just gives me the freedom to do what I want when I want rather than having to be tied to a 9-5 with someone ordering me what to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    The United States is the wealthiest country in the world but far from being the happiest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Professor G
    I remember reading a book years back that discussed how a lady doctor was visiting a small village in a developing country. Most lived in small shacks and had no running water. No real jobs in the area and the village had to work together to grow food and scrape together provisions any way they could. When not finding food, they spent most of their days sitting in chairs, talking and watching their children play. But, they all seemed extremely happy.

    The doctor was talking to several women and expressed her sympathy about how bad their living conditions were and that she was impressed with how they kept their spirits up despite.

    The women looked perplexed and said that it was they who felt sorry for her. The doctor was confused and asked why. They said..."well, you and the West spend all of your time working and no real time with your family or friends. You get up and leave your kids with babysitters. You miss most of their childhoods. We get to spend our whole day with our children and all of our friends and family. Every day we create memories and we live. We wouldn't trade that for all of the money in the world."

    Now I'm not saying that I could just sit there and be happy, but it does underscore the point that it depend on your perspective and what true happiness means to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author beakbane
    Originally Posted by tylerjaysen View Post

    You know the older I get, the more that I believe that to be true...."Money doesn't buy you happiness."

    Although money lets you rent happiness for a while. Short term as that may be..in the long term..money won't make you happy.

    I used to hear this saying all the time when I was a kid growing up in my middle-class household. My mom and dad would tell me that...and I would just shrug it off saying...."yeah whatever."

    However, as I've reached adulthood and have known many millionaires and multimillionaires...both from many different backgrounds....about the only thing in common that all of them had...yep you guest it...they were all pretty miserable. Even thinking about them now...I can honestly say that the money they had made things worse.

    They had a different kind of money problem...in that they were worried about who was trying to sue them....what family member was trying to mooch from them...and how many friends were hitting them up for a loan.

    On the flip side, I've met many more individuals who couldn't rub 2 nickels together....and they were so happy it would make you sick.

    What are your thoughts?
    It may not make you happy but try giving it away to so many people who need some and I know they will be happy! Regards.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      Money is not the determining factor in happiness. Although a lack of money is a heavy contributor to unhappiness.

      One thing that a lot of people from middle or lower class incomes do not easily grasp is the fact that money can buy time. Once you are able to start buying time, life takes on entirely new dimensions.

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  • Profile picture of the author WakondaMarketing
    For me, yes it does. Though money is not the ONLY source of happiness. Money frees us from any financial worries and burdens. So, whether we like it or not, money can make a person happy in one point or another.
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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Originally Posted by WakondaMarketing View Post

      For me, yes it does. Though money is not the ONLY source of happiness. Money frees us from any financial worries and burdens. So, whether we like it or not, money can make a person happy in one point or another.
      Isn't it something like "dentists make me happy"? If you have a big toothache for a day or two (and no painkillers), and you then go to your dentist, and the pain goes away, for a while you must be the happiest person, right? But you see, for such happiness, the first requirement is the problem. If one day you would have no more money problems (which in the process of going away makes you happy), there would be no happiness any more.
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  • Profile picture of the author whyeyeschoice
    Money Can not buy you happiness but I am sure My Level of Happiness goes up everytime I get More of it. Money may not buy happiness but it sure get you a little closer to happiness when your money increases.
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  • Profile picture of the author JingQuimPo
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    "Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable"...Anonymous
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  • Profile picture of the author Royce Space
    Money CAN'T buy happiness. But MONEY can buy THINGS that can make people happy.
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    • Profile picture of the author adsense786
      Originally Posted by Iamroyce View Post

      Money CAN'T buy happiness. But MONEY can buy THINGS that can make people happy.

      exactly
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  • Profile picture of the author mwright
    Money may not buy happiness, but it doesn't really have to.

    According to some psychologist, there are 6 basic needs:

    1. Certainty/Comfort
    2. Variety
    3. Significance
    4. Connection/Love
    5. Growth
    6. Contribution

    Having one or more of those needs met is what makes us happy; money can help us meet those needs.

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Money can make your unhappiness easier to bear but I don't believe it buys true happiness.
    However, I wouldn't object if I had a few spare million.
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Thanks for the post…
    Here are my observations about money:
    1. You can be happy with or without money…
    2. Money is a byproduct of doing something for humanity. Providing a service, product or solving a problem for people. It is the process that needs to make you happy not the bank balance...
    3. If you acquire money in the right way( that is according to little 1910 booklet Science of Getting Rich ) you cannot fail to be happy.
    4. Most of the populace hates rich people; they are jealousy of them. Therefore the moment you are rich, you will have very few true friends. In fact, most people will consider you greedy, insensitive, aloof or untrustworthy.
    5. Money gives you choices and comforts in life.

    Overall, I would rather be RICH and unhappy than be a poor but happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Whoever is unhappy with having lots of money please send it to me
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    • Profile picture of the author james7
      Money can't buy happiness. It can use to buy the things which makes your life more comfortable.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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        Originally Posted by stufftheme View Post

        money can't buy happiness but can comfort your loved ones with its power
        Originally Posted by james7 View Post

        Money can't buy happiness. It can use to buy the things which makes your life more comfortable.
        Well doesn't that mean that it creates happiness? Just because you substituted in the word comfort doesn't mean it doesn't hold true.
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    • Profile picture of the author lwatkins
      Money doesn't buy happiness, but it can help you pursue those things that help to make one happy. It allows one to participate in hobbies one enjoys. More money allows one to serve more people and serving others is a key to happiness I believe.

      Bottom line, it's a tool that can be used to help create happiness, but it isn't the source of one's happiness. That comes from inside and ones view of what the money is and what it represents, as well as how one chooses to use the money.

      I too know many millionaires, and a billionaire that are happy. One of them told me, "Money doesn't buy happiness. But it doesn't hurt. I've been happy poor and I've been happy rich. I'd much rather be happy rich."
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    • Profile picture of the author Professor G
      Originally Posted by danlew View Post

      Whoever is unhappy with having lots of money please send it to me

      I'll second that one! Too funny.
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    • Originally Posted by danlew View Post

      Whoever is unhappy with having lots of money please send it to me
      Do you think they will consider your statement. Immediately they started to scold you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Bucker
      The fact that happiness is relative make the fact that money buying it is relative also.
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    • Profile picture of the author Simon Nugam
      I value this conversation because I value awareness, choice and responsibility.

      I appreciate the clarity in which you have presented your points, abugah.

      I want to stress your first and fifth points:
      "1. You can be happy with or without money..."
      "5. Money gives you choices and comforts in life."

      I myself have experienced being happy when not having money or owning really anything. And I have experienced having money and not being happy.

      Money, as a form of energy and means of trade, can allow us to meet our needs in easeful ways and provide us comfort.

      Though comfort doesn't necessarily provide us with the circumstances that bring about our greatest potential as they may hinder us from challenges and hardships that we would otherwise experience.

      And, saying all of this... Gimme the money!

      As I value having the freedom and ease of choice to meet people I admire, even though they live in different parts of the world, or to help out a friend in need, to support a charity I believe in and to live a healthy lifestyle, being able to have my basic needs met easily, to use money for my own and other people benefit and realization of purpose.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesSmith2099
      I think money can buy everything but not Happyiness.................
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    • Profile picture of the author nickhale
      As someone once said, "Money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you a great big boat so you can sail in to the marina and pull up next to it!
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    • Profile picture of the author MaxwellB
      If happiness for one involves things that only money can buy, then yes money buys happiness for THEM.

      Some people are content living, even happy living in a lower middle class setting because the things they enjoy and the things that make them happy do not involve money.

      It honestly depends on your outlook, many people both rich and poor find happiness in Jesus Christ or whatever religion they subscribe to and are happy even though they are poor because of their outlook.

      But no one can say money does not buy happiness or that it always does.

      MOVIE TRIVIA: What's the movie?!

      "Anyone that says money is the root of all evil, doesn't f****** have any"

      Great movie.
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      • Profile picture of the author aderra
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        Money can help you achieve peace of mind. That's very close to contentment which, in my opinon, is one brand of happiness. If you don't have a certain amount of money, you will be miserable. Without any money at all, you aren't going to survive unless the government takes care of you. To look at it from the other direction, you can't be happy unless you have at least enough money to survive.
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      • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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        Originally Posted by MaxwellB View Post

        If happiness for one involves things that only money can buy, then yes money buys happiness for THEM.

        Some people are content living, even happy living in a lower middle class setting because the things they enjoy and the things that make them happy do not involve money.

        It honestly depends on your outlook, many people both rich and poor find happiness in Jesus Christ or whatever religion they subscribe to and are happy even though they are poor because of their outlook.

        But no one can say money does not buy happiness or that it always does.

        MOVIE TRIVIA: What's the movie?!

        "Anyone that says money is the root of all evil, doesn't f****** have any"

        Great movie.
        First of all thanks for writing this. I gotten an epiphany reading and learned something about myself. Lastly, the movie is below...

        Originally Posted by golf69 View Post

        quote from movie Boiler Room...

        "Whoever said money can't buy happiness never f*&^ing had any"
        Originally Posted by Jager View Post

        I'm sure all of you are thinking the obvious now:

        What does Ben Affleck think of all this?



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  • Profile picture of the author golf69
    quote from movie Boiler Room...

    "Whoever said money can't buy happiness never f*&^ing had any"
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    I would say that money can probably make you happier, I know whenever I get a nice upswing on my ClickBank account I feel a little more jolly, superficial? Maybe.

    I do know that lack of money seems to cause a fair amount of unhappiness
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexRyan
    No. I think that's a huge misconception. Money can't fix the problems in your life, like family problems or depression or low self-esteem. Plus, money can be a major source of stress.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Physical money doesn't buy happiness it's what you do with the money that can bring you happiness. If you go and spend that money wisely and live on a nice beach with no debt worries in the world then of course you will be happy especially if you compare it to what you had.

    You need to also first appreciate the money you made before you become happy, it's a stepping block, that's why few over night successor's are not totally satisfied because to them it's like gambling, they are always hungry for more and more, so this kind of mentality will always never be happy.

    I'ts almost like a drug addiction they need an extra fix, they need an extra level of cash so they are constantly never happy cause they are playing a game with their minds to be bigger and bigger with no end.

    You need to take a deep breath and learn how to be happy without this addiction and craziness, with enjoying every possible moment even if its a slow and steady road or even at times a painful process.

    Once you accept that life is not easy then you be ok with this game, that's why the old saying goes the bigger you are the harder you fall, try to remember slow and steady wins the race. I don't mean you need to be totally slow but consistency is the key.

    Build a consistent profitable business and you will be happy knowing tomorrow when you wake up you don't have people chasing you for money or the police knocking on your door. That's the key my friends.

    Be true to yourself and to others and making money and endless streams of it will be the most enjoyable feeling you have ever had.
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  • money is useful especially to buy things those you want if you are rich ...but cannot buy happiness....
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcook2003
    The happiness depends on small things in life that we share with others, like with our family members and friends. It is easier to be unhappy when you have money than when you don't. There is a minimum level of subsistence that we need to alleviate poverty and it's natural to want to establish a level of comfort so we don't have to worry about access to good health, education.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    5 Reasons Money Can Buy Happiness

    From a comedy site I know; but still pretty damn accurate.
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  • Profile picture of the author stufftheme
    money can't buy happiness but can comfort your loved ones with its power
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    The is a complex question...

    Money does BUY happiness to a large extent....it depends on how you obtained your money and how much you actually have of it. There are always going to be sharks, but, if you got the means, you can circumvent, and, reverse the situation on those who try and cross you. It is a chess match and you need the right team to play to the hilt.
    If you need help with your psych to deal with handling money you can hire someone to help you in your counsel...if you can't deal with it then maybe being rich isn't for you. Much like being a champion athlete isn't for all players(hence: the "clutch gene").
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  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    You are right Tyler. Money DOES NOT buy happiness, it's simply a different thing.

    Happiness is an emotion. Money is also an emotion. Both are different types of emotions. You cannot replace one with another. You do not need to have money to be happy, all you have to do is just to REMEMBER to be happy.

    Money is important, but happiness brings a MEANING to what's important in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertvo
    Originally Posted by tylerjaysen View Post

    On the flip side, I've met many more individuals who couldn't rub 2 nickels together....and they were so happy it would make you sick.
    Interesting... If you look at a typical marriage the lack of money is one of the major stressors that leads often to a divorce. It's not the lack of money directly but it's the fights it causes.

    I guess a person can be really happy without money (totally broke) in current society only if they are born with a good happiness gene :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Boxer123
    My friend once said if your a happy person, you'll be happy always, and if your an unhappy person or a negative person, you'll be unhappy, even with money in the equation. Of course money can solve a lot of problems, but in general people will be who they are.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkwarrior
    You should take it from Jim Carey and Manilyn Monroe
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  • Profile picture of the author Harutyun
    Not always but they do.
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  • Profile picture of the author howimakemony
    give me $1.000.000 and i will let you know if i am not happy
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  • Profile picture of the author guptasandeep
    money doesn't buy happiness however if you are happy already it may increase the level of happiness but it's not sure every time.
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  • Profile picture of the author faceblogger
    Money can't buy happiness. It's your mind that makes you happy and sad, if you have less desires and more satisfaction you can be very happy. Money comes next.
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  • Profile picture of the author AG Hohwald
    Money is nothing more or less than a tool for social leverage.

    And like all tools for social leverage, its use is up to the person wielding it. It CAN buy happiness, as sure as status, charisma, reputation, and any other tool can.

    Most people, alas, do not use their tools in pursuit of this particular end. Why not is one of the great mysteries of the human condition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jager
    Originally Posted by tylerjaysen View Post

    You know the older I get, the more that I believe that to be true...."Money doesn't buy you happiness."

    Although money lets you rent happiness for a while. Short term as that may be..in the long term..money won't make you happy.
    Money alone isn't gonna make you a happy person. If you're a grinch without money then being rich will probably only make you worse. It won't buy you a family, a home, a love of life.... but it can give you an awesome spontaneous trip to the Bahamas(true story).

    On the flip side, money can change people. It's sad but true, and if you're weak enough it almost definitely will. In an interview with Walter Isaacson Steve Jobs said he lived modestly because he saw how money changed people. After Apple's IPO he saw friends suddenly talk only about money, buy big homes they didn't even necessarily want and have their wives get plastic surgery. Who wants that for themselves?

    On the flip side, I've met many more individuals who couldn't rub 2 nickels together....and they were so happy it would make you sick.

    What are your thoughts?
    I think you may have hit the nail on the head here in the sense that, happiness itself is a choice. Money can make you happier in a superficial way(more toys and vacations and status) but real happiness comes from having a purpose, sticking to your values, having close companions to share your experiences with....

    I think that if you spend money on what you love, and not what on what you think will make others love you, you will be going in the right direction.

    (PS: Studies show that technically money does buy happiness to a certain extent. Everyone is happier than poor people, but the rich aren't that much happier in general than middle-class people. Tell that to Richard Branson though, lol.)

    (PSS: Giving will make you happy )
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    • Profile picture of the author Jager
      I'm sure all of you are thinking the obvious now:

      What does Ben Affleck think of all this?



      Here's your answer:

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      • Profile picture of the author JohnWiz
        I'd say money can buy pleasure.

        But it can never buy inner peace.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Can money buy happiness? Goddamn right it can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Incoan
    Yeah, I like this quote
    Money doesn't buy happiness. But it doesn't hurt. I've been happy poor and I've been happy rich. I'd much rather be happy rich
    Heh.
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    May I paint a picture for you?

    Before you wake up there is a door bell ring. A butler answers the door and lets someone in. This mystery person walks up the stairs where you are and there is a knock on the bedroom door. This person rushes in and yells at you to get up, you got 20 minutes! This mystery person is Cindy Crawford waking you up for your morning yoga. Cindy waits for you to get up and get ready. She has a stop watch and a regular watch looking at them both while your in the bathroom washing your face putting on your clothes.

    Once you step out the bathroom breakfast is by your bed. You eat a hearty breakfast with Cindy...your food digest a bit then you and Cindy starts yoga....

    Once yoga is done your second mystery guest comes in...it's, it's, Robert Huizenga, M.D., along with Jillian Michaels to set you up on your weight training regimen....

    Spontaneously you start thinking about what you would like for dinner and the restuarant of your choosing is in Spain. You will be going to spain for dinner, so, you will need to have your assistant (former runner up in miss america pageant) to make arrangements to get a private jet today!

    Once plans are made and you are at this five star restuarant you realize they don't have freshly squeezed orange juice, but, no worries. You have a second assistant whose sole job is to carry fresh fruit in a large heavy bag, along, with a hand made juicer,( in case you cannot be accommodated at your every whim). This assistant starts juicing at the table while you are waiting on your meal.

    Money is the sweetest hangover...

    The more you have the more you control your world and many things in it....no need to plan for stuff. You can just do it!!!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Just a good quote I found in the book I'm reading at the moment (Creative Abundance, by Prophet):

      Money or happiness: which is more valuable?...If you happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. --Lao Tzu
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  • Profile picture of the author unknowncat
    I've heard that money can buy a pill that will make you happy...
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  • Profile picture of the author A8ch
    The best kind of "happiness" you can expect to get with money
    is a temporary, crude, inferior knockoff!

    Happiness is not a commodity that can be purchased in the marketplace.
    It does not require external circumstances or things to make it happen.
    True happiness is an attitude that is sparked from within simply by intending it!

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  • Profile picture of the author fathobbitsss
    Money won't buy you happiness.

    Happiness is a natural state.

    But money will buy you anything else in life
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  • Profile picture of the author russkampmann
    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    I've had money and lost it. I've not had money and made it. When I'm least concerned about money, then I have serenity, clarity and vision. It's when I make money my master, that I am least comfortable with myself.

    Money? A mere means to an end.
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    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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      Originally Posted by russkampmann View Post

      I've had money and lost it. I've not had money and made it. When I'm least concerned about money, then I have serenity, clarity and vision. It's when I make money my master, that I am least comfortable with myself.

      Money? A mere means to an end.
      Are you saying you would rather not have money because it makes you uncomfortable?
      Solution: see a top psychologist that deals with CEO types, (if you get back in position of course)
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Money Can't Buy Happiness...Money is only related to happiness up to the point where basic needs are met.
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  • Profile picture of the author markgranados
    Money CAN'T buy happiness. But MONEY can buy THINGS that can make people happy.
    i agree to this statement....
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    Money doesn't intrinsically bring happiness: what you do with it may.

    I would love to be able to purchase all the photography and take all of the vacations I want. Now, photography is very expensive if you want hordes of pro level equipment and vacations can be as cheap or expensive as you want. I don't need to be wealthy for either, but I do need to be at a certain level of "rich" (how ever one wants to define "rich" and "wealthy" -- I like Chris Rock's definition, for what it's worth).

    That said, I'm an achiever. I'm also obsessive. I usually don't even care about competing. I just want to keep doing better and better myself. If I made $100 today, why can't it be $150? If it's $150, then why not $200 and so forth. That can lead to lots of money through effort and persistence. At some point it's not even about what one can do with the money, but not much higher the nominal amount can become.
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  • Profile picture of the author keniskandar
    wont make you happy, but sure will eliminate unnecessary sadness, frustrations and heartaches from our lives
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Money answerth everything, so it is written in the bible. Money is everything but there certain things that can not be bought.
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  • Profile picture of the author NickSway
    In the words of Daniel Tosh, "Money doesn't buy happiness? Uh, do you live in America? 'Cause it buys a WaveRunner."
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  • Profile picture of the author aldentan
    Money can't buy, but can rent happiness. I think you nailed it perfectly!

    I think there's just more to life than material aspects in life..

    Money is still a necessity though. It's a mere survival tool for ourselves today, can't deny that. Happiness? It's up to the individual.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheTruth2011
    Only if you convince yourself it does which is very easy to do in this day and age
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  • Profile picture of the author Inside Edge
    I don't think it buys happiness, but I'm sure it can't hurt to try it out for awhile.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    Money is always a problem. If there's anyone who told you that money is ain't a problem - they're probably bull-crapping you.

    1) Problem of having too much money:
    -Always have to find a place to secure or hide your money (as we all know banks is no longer secured)
    - Raise spoiled brats
    - Not sure if your friends are authentic and genuine or just want your cash
    - And many more

    2) Problems of NOT having enough money
    - Stress, have to go back to work everyday
    - Can't buy your favourite toys, cars, houses - stress again
    - No money and time to go for on a holiday - stress again
    - And many more

    scientific has proven that the people who falls under the category of having too MUCH money are generally HAPPIER than people who doesn't have NOT enough money.

    Which money problems do you want? Your choice - all i know is Internet Marketing can bring you both problems

    God Bless,
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  • Profile picture of the author webworm
    Someone has defined money as "Money is everything but nothing" and i like the genius who defined this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Money Facilitates Happiness
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    If money is acquired and used the right way, it could lead to happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author WelshWarrior
    I've been rich and i've been poor, Happiness is a state of mind
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  • Profile picture of the author OO
    More money does not necessarily buy more happiness, but less money is associated with emotional pain
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  • Profile picture of the author Yara
    All I know is that without money, I would be unhappy. end.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnkerAugust
    Yes, but not more than blesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author AJ Smith44
    Interesting Thread....

    I assume that Tony Robbins hit the nail on the the head with this one.

    If I can recall, it depends on an individual's blueprint. If someone believes money = happiness it can make someone happy; however, will money + happiness = longevity happiness? That is another question. Basically, you change your blueprint or change the "money" goal in order to obtain happiness. Usually, the problem is people change the amount of money they want so much, until they never get to experience the "so called happiness it buys." Example: "I earned 5 Million now I want 10 Million.... on and on....." It is like a dog chasing its tail.

    Again, good thread.

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  • Profile picture of the author conanedo
    "Money doesn't buy you happiness." BUT when we poor you can not buy anything :p
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  • Profile picture of the author sq201
    Money doesn't buy happiness. It can help, yes, especially if you are too poor to afford necessities for you and your children.
    But, for the most part it doesn't buy happiness. And this can be seen from so many poor, or at least not rich, people all over who are happy and content with their lives.
    If you are happy with what you have and remember to give thanks to God and just appreciate everything, then you don't need a lot of money to be happy
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumdor
    Money matters but happiness is not a consumer goods! Z
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  • Profile picture of the author kathyflynn
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    but if i don't have money, i really not happy
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    • Profile picture of the author BanningNanette31
      Its true now days money is first and last important fact of life.
      Every one struggling for it.
      But on the other hand it is also true happiness cannot be buy by money.

      Money is only source to buy the things by which we can make happy to ourself for particular time.:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    Money gives me freedom to do thing which I truly enjoy.. Helping others, writing a book etc! (I'm referring to passive incomes)

    With that being said: If I were to work everyday for 8 hours to make a lot of money (Trading my freedom for money) - I dont think that would bring me happiness..

    May God bless you,
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    It sure as hell pays for a lot of things that make you happy. I think "money doesn't by happiness, " if you're not careful, can become a cop out to stay broke.
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    • Profile picture of the author skyzeda
      Having money only solves the problems that not having money creates.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeacefulCalamity
    Money distracts you enough for a while to not address the lack of whatever it is that's not making you happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lind
    I think that money can buy happiness, but only up to certain point. If you want to reach further than that point you need to love and be loved.
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  • Profile picture of the author mimi k
    Money can buy you freedom, which usually leads to happiness. It's possible, but much more difficult to be happy when you are not able to do what you want, live your dream, and follow your passions. I think we are all put on this earth to fulfill a purpose and it you are slaving away for a living and don't have time to be with your family and do what you love, then that is hard to fulfill that purpose because you are so busy just surviving.
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  • money can some what help but at the end of the day no matter how much money you have it wont make you happy if your not happy with your self
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  • Profile picture of the author rondeeb
    Money gives us more choices in Life. That's how I see money. If I want more choices then I better have more money.
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  • Profile picture of the author elijahjudd
    Money can let you live comfortably but it cannot give you total happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author stemich
    This is a very philosophical question! i definitely think that money can buy happiness, but only up to a certain point. It also depends on how you manage your money...and there's a difference between a high-income producing and high net-worth person, although one can be both. Money magnifies the traits of a person..it makes a generous person more generous, and it makes a miser more miserly.
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  • Profile picture of the author ERPLeadsWriter
    Absolutely not. Money is just like any other resource. It can provide for your basic needs. It can give you something to satisfy you. However, how long or significant that satisfaction can be will always, always, depend on you as a person.

    Though from my more personal perspective, I find life easier when I make myself be more content with my lot. You can chalk that up to me having friends who like to present themselves as wealthy (and at times, very haughtily) but when you look at their lives and how spoiled their behavior can be... it makes me wonder if getting all that money is really worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nickdamodda
    Yep I agree, the happiness only lasts for so long. A lot of millionaires I know are quite bored with their life and seem to have no interests compared to middle class people. Being able to buy whatever you want doesn't make it as fun, and a lot of them sacrificed their social life's, families,etc so now they're stuck by themselves. Wealth isn't that great tbh.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    No but it sure does help lol
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  • Nope, but if you're being covered in bills and other nonsense, it can sure make life easier for you.

    If you're not happy with yourself, you will never be happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeimSummer42
    Money Can Buy Happiness but money cannot buy peace of mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author SineChristel
    Finding happiness is like finding yourself. You don't find happiness, you make happiness. You choose happiness. Self-actualization is a process of discovering who you are, who you want to be and paving the way to happiness by doing what brings YOU the most meaning and contentment to your life over the long run.


    Money might have a small, direct effect on happiness but the relationship is not as simple as we thing. So its true Money Can Buy Happiness but money cannot buy peace of mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    I do agree that money doesn't buy happiness at all. We had lots of choices to use our money for something else, but make sure that we do it the right way.
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  • Profile picture of the author MariaFrolova
    yes on the one hand...
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Skinner
    More Money will only make you More of what you already are. If you are miserable jerk, hate life, people and always see the bad in everything, then you'll be a bigger jerk.

    If you are happy, content and positive... ditto.


    Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure does give you more options while you are searching for it!....
    :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author creaver1
    The specific research refers to a Gallup study directed by Daniel Kahneman. Here is one reference:

    Behavioral Finance’s Kahneman: Happiness costs $75,000 « Portfolio Investing Blog: Portfolioist

    There they refer to $75,000 household income, which is why I used $40K, giving a somewhat high estimate of per capita income. Kahneman states that after the $75K amount life satisfaction "flat lines." There is little or no additional "happiness" with additional $'s.

    I have not been able to find references to the original data, but haven't tried that hard. The main point is pretty clear.

    Actually, happiness research, from what I can tell hasn't been done that well, because it has focused on "features" rather than "systems." The most enduring happiness comes from living in and belonging to a community where self-interest and community interest are the same. The happiness research doesn't seem to measure that very well.

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    • Profile picture of the author ERPLeadsWriter
      Originally Posted by creaver1 View Post

      The specific research refers to a Gallup study directed by Daniel Kahneman. Here is one reference:

      Behavioral Finance’s Kahneman: Happiness costs $75,000 « Portfolio Investing Blog: Portfolioist

      There they refer to $75,000 household income, which is why I used $40K, giving a somewhat high estimate of per capita income. Kahneman states that after the $75K amount life satisfaction "flat lines." There is little or no additional "happiness" with additional $'s.

      I have not been able to find references to the original data, but haven't tried that hard. The main point is pretty clear.
      Okay thanks, definitely forwarding this some time. 75k sounds a bit too much for me right now but I'll read further.

      Originally Posted by creaver1 View Post

      Actually, happiness research, from what I can tell hasn't been done that well, because it has focused on "features" rather than "systems." The most enduring happiness comes from living in and belonging to a community where self-interest and community interest are the same. The happiness research doesn't seem to measure that very well.
      Well that's something I haven't heard of but I think I know where you're getting at.
      Then again, a lot would argue that the very nature of the term 'happiness' would make any sort of quantifying research highly difficult.

      It's pretty clear that money (or even material possessions as a whole) aren't always the end-all to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sidenote
    IMHO having the security of financial freedom only helps to illuminate the type of person you truly are. Having unlimited restrictions with money, and what the money can be used for, merely reflects the person you truly are. If you were a miserable selfish SOB before you obtain wealth and power, you are likely to be a miserable selfish SOB who has wealth, and abuses power. Contrary, if you are a good nature person, having wealth and power will only allow you to express these qualities even more and for more people.

    So, no money does not buy happiness. Money only allows you to express your true nature on even greater levels!!
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  • Profile picture of the author puneet tyagi
    money is not everything but u need money for everything even if u r going on road u need money to wear slippers
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeatLondon
    Working with passion and developing some business of my own and products that brings me real happiness the money are just a bonus for a job well done.



    The bad side is that a lot of people now a days ''go crazy'' when they make money /especially if the money didn't come with hard work and years of sacrifices just to make it/ That's why they are miserable when they become rich, become the spiritual and the material are not on the same level in there life and they feel empty inside, That's why not everyone is prepared to become rich /they may say that there ready but in reality there not/


    And also I think the other reason some rich people are unhappy is because some of them don't do business because that's their passion they do it because there only after the money, and one's you get it you realise that your empty inside and surrounded by useless material junk.
    That's why every time I go in business I don't go after the money I go after my happiness and my passion to do the thing I do and you will become successful every time.
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  • Profile picture of the author TommyVicknair83
    Its big question Why some people even wonder whether money can generate happiness?
    As we know that Money provides comfort and opportunities.
    With money we can improve other people's lives, which can bring sense of joy.
    Money should be used as a tool in making life around us better.
    But Its big question around us wheather it can buy happiness, relief or peace of mind?
    We might therefore be better off not connecting material wealth with happiness, just as we don't equate food, oxygen with that word.
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  • Profile picture of the author EduardoPrange601
    What is money? Answers of this questions is money means power, control, security, comfort, happiness, satisfaction, enrichment, etc. In reality, money itself is a means of exchange, and nothing more!


    With the help of money most of us have televisions, radios, cars, and other modern conveniences so that we can live a comfortable life style.

    "Riches, feeling of enrichment, being rich, rich people; abundance, having an abundance of money!"


    According to this definition, we can see that wealth depends upon the money; however, it also makes reference to abundance and enrichment.

    Money does not equal happiness!. Happiness is the experience or moments you create for yourself, whether you actually use money or not. Happiness is not a destination; it is an ongoing journey, which sometimes, but not always, requires money!
    "Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open!" John Barrymore
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  • Profile picture of the author CoreyKnupp24
    Does money buy happiness, or does happiness come indirectly from the higher rank in society that money brings? When God died, GDP took over and economists became the new high priests. However, raising the incomes of all does not increase the happiness of all. In some countries, there is even some evidence that economic growth can create unhappiness. Its still big question......
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    • Profile picture of the author ERPLeadsWriter
      Originally Posted by CoreyKnupp24 View Post

      Does money buy happiness, or does happiness come indirectly from the higher rank in society that money brings? When God died, GDP took over and economists became the new high priests. However, raising the incomes of all does not increase the happiness of all. In some countries, there is even some evidence that economic growth can create unhappiness. Its still big question......
      I normally disagree with statements like this but you do have a point somewhere when you read about how countries like Japan have a high suicide rate. Singapore too. I was there for a vacation with some of my family and one of my aunt's friends told us the situation was similar.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Samuel Jackson said "Those who said money can't buy happiness never had any money..." But when someone is sick to the point of dying or when someone they love dies, definitely no amount of money can make them happy...
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  • Profile picture of the author SwensenArtie
    Money can buy costumes but not beauty
    Money can buy idols but not devotion
    Money can buy books but not wisdom and knowledge
    Money can buy bed but not rest and sleep
    Money can buy medicines but not health
    Money can buy wealth but not health
    Money can buy clothes but not shame
    Money can buy food but not hunger
    Money can buy flowers but not freshness and fragrance
    Money can buy land but not home (made of human hearts)
    Money can buy honey but not sweetness
    Money can buy some things but not everything
    Money can buy luxuries but not happiness.


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  • Profile picture of the author DeltaForce
    Money doesn't buy happiness directly, but there are lots of things that can be bought and because you have them it can help you live more happier...
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    If you have lots of money you should be happy, unless there is something wrong for example suffering from a serious illness. If you have lots of money, have everything that you want and enjoy perfect health but still are not happy then you should get yourself checked ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author jade69
      Nice quote.

      Money cannot buy happiness.

      But money can create the conditions for happiness to occur.
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  • Profile picture of the author MariaFrolova
    It depends upon where your happiness lies
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  • Profile picture of the author Pamellalovely
    Originally Posted by tylerjaysen View Post

    You know the older I get, the more that I believe that to be true...."Money doesn't buy you happiness."

    Although money lets you rent happiness for a while. Short term as that may be..in the long term..money won't make you happy.

    I used to hear this saying all the time when I was a kid growing up in my middle-class household. My mom and dad would tell me that...and I would just shrug it off saying...."yeah whatever."

    However, as I've reached adulthood and have known many millionaires and multimillionaires...both from many different backgrounds....about the only thing in common that all of them had...yep you guest it...they were all pretty miserable. Even thinking about them now...I can honestly say that the money they had made things worse.

    They had a different kind of money problem...in that they were worried about who was trying to sue them....what family member was trying to mooch from them...and how many friends were hitting them up for a loan.

    On the flip side, I've met many more individuals who couldn't rub 2 nickels together....and they were so happy it would make you sick.

    What are your thoughts?
    Yes, this is right sentences money does not but happiness actually happines is belong to your character and older always says right...
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    • Profile picture of the author revekaye
      It's all about perspective and current situations in life, in my opinion. I think it can buy happiness or at least help elevate stress when it comes to financial problems. Stress alone can cause all types of negative things that can damage someone's health (emotionally and physically) without having money. What if you don't have enough money to pay debts or to live without starving? I've been there and it's not a happy place to be. I think having money helps in that regard so you don't have financial worries. A life without any financial debts would make me very happy.

      If you didn't need money to survive or money didn't have so much impact on having things that you need and want, then it wouldn't be a question that money doesn't buy happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author GilAlcera
    The question on whether money does buy happiness lies in each and every person. Money can be considered as a tool for happiness. Money per se is not happiness but there are people scattered all over the world that uses money to make them happy. Let us say for instance you are the type of person that hasn't experienced traveling all over the world but it has been your dream to do so when you were young.

    The reason for not being able to do so in the past could be attributed to lack of money and now that you have the money, you always look forward to your next international travel to learn different cultures worldwide.

    Again, money can serve as a tool to reach the happiness that you envision in your life and there is nothing better than having more than enough for yourself. We live only once in this world so we might as well enjoy what we have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Velant
    I believe money can't buy happiness, but absense of money - can seriously jeopardize happiness ))
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    I read two different topics on money and happiness. One said that people are happy based on who their friends are. The other article said those with $1.75 million in investible assets started to feel rich.

    First, I suppose if you have the best of friends that seriously support your likes and you love your life, then for you, money is not as important. I don't have those kind of friends, so, that scenario wont work for me.

    Secondly, $1.75 mill would make me feel piss poor. 4% of that is somewhere around $80,000 a year.

    No maids, no butlers, no chefs, no nice car. DISGUSTING!!!!!
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  • Money and lots of it is the most important factor in making us feel content. On the otherhand it is true that that happiness levels correlate with the amount of wealth a person accumulates. And, in contrast to popular belief, it does not level off when the assets reach a certain threshold.
    The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money
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  • Profile picture of the author WorldIR
    money buy freedom, freedom means happiness...
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Kim
    what is happiness? what things make you happy? Of course a home, a car, luxury life style and most of all your family. I can make my family hapy if i can fullfill thier needs in time. if i can save their future in money matters if i provide daily needs to my family members and no doubt i cam make this with money. so, money can buy things which make me and my family happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Absolute Logo
    I don't think it does directly.. But think about this..
    1. Your mom/dad/child is dying.. you have no money and they die you are unhappy.. your mom/dad/child is dying.. you have money and you can save their life, you are then happy.

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  • Profile picture of the author Cara Tan
    Depending on the life situation and economic situation of an individual, probably money can buy happiness, especially to those who are totally poor. However, that happiness that money can buy, perhaps lasts only for a short period of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author guy99
    No money cant buy happiness ...i have personally felt...
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  • Profile picture of the author SumikoW
    Money does not buy happiness but does make the road easier..
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  • Interesting question,

    I have always said, money does not buy happiness, but it buys everything else. Now whether or not those things make you happy, this is depenedent on the person. lol

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  • Profile picture of the author Superlearner
    it buys it if everything bought is packaged with love...
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  • Profile picture of the author Cleberl1
    Money is not the most important stuff in the world, the love is... that's why I love so much my money!

    Ok, it's a nice joke, however from my 21 years of life I discovered that hapiness is a state of spirit that money can't purchase. But imagine if you'll be happy with a stressfull job and earning not enough to pay your bills or having to take a bus everyday to get in you job. I would never be a happy guy in this situation.

    Money can contribute to make us happier, however you'll have to maintain a balanced life, if you become rich and the most important you should NEVER forget the simple things in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author tunbridgeangus
    Money can't buy happiness, it is a sin. We can normally live a simple life..Having enough money in everyday life can be easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author blackbelt
    Yep same here. I know many multi millionaires most are unhappy. The few I know and have anything to do with, use their riches to make other people happy, which in turn make them happy. In fact they used to have a program on TV about it. Money is a tool use it like one.
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  • Profile picture of the author melahi
    Money cannot buy happiness but ice cream can!
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    I think money CAN buy happiness, but only for fleeting moments. It is not a long term solution and should not be used as a short term solution, either.

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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    Money can't buy happiness, but happiness doesn't pay the bills.

    We all know that having money doesn't equal happiness. However the mistake we make is thinking that money doesn't help with happiness.

    I once read a book from a rich guy. He said he had been 'poor and happy', 'poor and unhappy', 'rich and unhappy' as well as 'rich and happy'.

    He said that having money always made things better (so if he was unhappy, he would rather be of the rich kind).

    That is how I view it.

    We shouldn't disown the idea of being rich just because we think the money itself is going to make us unhappy.

    -Simon
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  • Profile picture of the author MattOwen
    tyler has a good point in that I also know that many many of the richest people seem to be the most unhappy. I have yet to piece together exactly why that is but I think you touched on a few that strike home. They wanted the money all along and now that that have it they are terrified of someone taking it from them. (suing, mooching, loaning) as you put it.

    money doesn't buy happiness. Think about the best days of your life, I guarantee you were sharing them with someone special. Without that person in your life it wouldn't have been the same. Now that said, money can let you do awesome stuff with said people.

    food for thought: if money can't buy happiness, why have you ever seen anyone frown on a wave runner?...
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Paul Allen was worth an estimated $40 billion by some reports when Microsoft went public. What could you do with $40 billion and retired from microsoft? I could feel mighty blissful with that kind of money, plus all the free time money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
    Think about what money really is. It is energy- and we have created mediums that enable us to exchange this energy- in whatever form we have manifested it, and we use symbols (dollars, etc.) to represent and accomplish this.

    It's more about right use of this energy exchange that we call money, which determines whether or not we will be happy.

    The old saying "money is the root of all evil" is a mis-quote from the bible. What it really says in the bible is, "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil". And in context, what they are referring to is a distortion or misuse of this energy.

    Think misers that horde, don't share, and deprive themselves and others of the good that can come from money.
    Think the abuse of power that can come with the misuse of large sums of money, etc.

    Money itself is neutral. It's how we view it, and what we do with it, that matters.
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  • Profile picture of the author heronakamura
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    no it just rent you happiness
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Shat
    Right man.Money can buy comfort but not happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Can't buy me loooove!

    Can't buy me loooove!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bigfoot1
    Nope money can't buy happiness, but it can help you achieve the things that truly result in happiness.

    Family, friends, relationships, health, satisfaction, and freedom are what make you happy.

    Money is simply a way to allow me to do what I want when I want. IT also makes sure I can take care of my family if anything bad happens. Thats whats truly important. Money in itself is just tree bark.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryK
    Money can buy peace of mind, in as much as rent/mortgage all the necessities of life can be easily taken care off. But true happiness can only come from within. Having said that, I do prefer having money to being broke.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rally Writer
    Just to make this simple.

    Can you buy unhapiness? No I think not and no one wants to.

    I usually think that a person had done something wrong which resulted his unhapiness...therefore, DO SOMETHING right to make you happy!

    Money is just a medium to achieve desire
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  • Profile picture of the author Annie15
    Money cannot buy happiness, but we cannot do anything without money in life
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  • Profile picture of the author Traffic Master
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    Those preachers that are all "Money can't buy happiness", is just being too sarcastic. Money can't buy happiness of course, because it is happiness.
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    • Profile picture of the author phpPro
      i think its an incomplete question which is where the problem lies!

      Can money buy happiness => no, money can buy extreme happiness!

      Can money buy true happiness => no, but then who exactly has true happiness in the world of today?

      to end it all, i rather be sad in my ferrari then be happy on the sidewalk!
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    I agree! Money does not buy happiness. Happiness comes within yourself. It is the way how you live your life and how treat people around you. Happiness also comes by helping other people, making them smile.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
    What is happiness? What is money? Simple questions, but it's vital to understand the answers. I've been very comfortable before, yet I was miserable inside. I had money. I was working in a Bank, driving a BMW, had a lovely wardrobe...but I felt like I was in the wrong place...and my spirit was famished. I was not happy. Being poor would not make you happy. Being rich would not.

    Only yesterday, I was conversing with a guy who seem to have it all. And he was not happy because he found it difficult to find/know true love! For me, it's vital to separate pleasures/sensations based on external stimuli, from an almost ineffable, yet real perception of inexplicable joy that comes from doing ''what is right.''
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    • Profile picture of the author victoriaB
      According to a Marist poll released Tuesday, most Americans from households that make less than $50,000 a year are "not very happy," and they fear becoming a burden to loved ones. However, those who come from households that earn more than $50,000 annually reported a far greater level of happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author debratorveny
    Happiness is always a choice, you can be happy despite economic pressures, there are a lot of reasons that we should be happy for, I mean, usually things that can make us happy are usually for free.
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  • Money is important to people but also diminished, yes lots of fun because all you want you can buy but it is only momentary satisfaction.
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  • Profile picture of the author SkinnyBuffGuy
    As far as some people being super happy even though they can't rub two nickels together.. I believe that's possible, but highly unlikely, if it is in an industrialized country which requires a certain cost of living to survive. If needs are being met I believe happiness and health can be met. Wealth definitely goes beyond monetary value.
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  • Profile picture of the author QuelThalas
    i know what you feel and i had living in 2 situations.
    and i know the differences between that 2 life.
    BUT if you can put the money on the right time, you still can be happy like what you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Japles
    Helping and giving things to people is what makes me happy. To do this though, you sometimes need a little startup capital.

    The more money I have, the more I can give.

    Therefore, money makes me happy. But only indirectly.
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  • Profile picture of the author maricar
    Originally Posted by tylerjaysen View Post

    You know the older I get, the more that I believe that to be true...."Money doesn't buy you happiness."

    Although money lets you rent happiness for a while. Short term as that may be..in the long term..money won't make you happy.

    I used to hear this saying all the time when I was a kid growing up in my middle-class household. My mom and dad would tell me that...and I would just shrug it off saying...."yeah whatever."

    However, as I've reached adulthood and have known many millionaires and multimillionaires...both from many different backgrounds....about the only thing in common that all of them had...yep you guest it...they were all pretty miserable. Even thinking about them now...I can honestly say that the money they had made things worse.

    They had a different kind of money problem...in that they were worried about who was trying to sue them....what family member was trying to mooch from them...and how many friends were hitting them up for a loan.

    On the flip side, I've met many more individuals who couldn't rub 2 nickels together....and they were so happy it would make you sick.

    What are your thoughts?
    Money can buy happiness short term. If you have to work hard and your body says stop, I can't keep going like this, you really wish you won the lottery to get you out of the hole, especially if your loved one was working along side you.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeaverJ972
    Money is merely a tool, and it is amoral, it is a tool for amplification. Whatever you are without money, you will be ever so much more of that with money. If you are a person that thinks the world is out to get them and you suddenly come into a large sum of money, you will most likely become a recluse, continually in fear that your friends and family are trying to take the money from you. If you are a person who has always felt oppressed and you come into money (i.e. the balance of power shifts in your favor), you will become the oppressor and cause as much suffering as you can.

    On the other hand, if you are a giving human being, who is loving and is loved by all, you will become even more generous. If you are kind-hearted, you will become more so.

    The Bible says "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24). It really doesn't matter whether you believe the Bible or not, because you can see the truth of this illustrated all around you. The OP talked about the millionaires and multimillionaires that he has known who are always miserable, I would bet that if you looked at their personal lives, they are very greedy people who do not give what they should.

    The reason that many people who do not have two nickles to rub together are so happy is that they are often the most generous people that you will ever meet. They give freely of what they have and they grow all the richer, perhaps not in material possessions, but they are happier than most people who have all the material possessions that most of us could ever imagine.

    'Rich' people are miserable because they are not generous, 'poor' people are happy because they are generous; money doesn't make one happy or miserable, rather it amplifies the emotions that are already present in an individual.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steelshep
    Money probably does not buy happiness. However money lets me live in a good neighborhood with low crime, and lets me send my kids to a good school. It lets me provide a nice place for my family to live and spend weekends on our boat on a large lake. Providing this for my family makes me happy. That being said, I can absolutely
    say money is also the source of my greatest stress. Just my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Knowles
    Money gives you more options more probability of obtaining happiness through having less stress as to where the next dollar is coming from to pay the rent. I would rather have the stress of having money than the stress of having none.

    I know many have said that happiness comes from within and that is true but in our western civilization money is needed to survive, and society judges us by how much apparent wealth we have.
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  • Money can buy happiness but only temporary happiness perhaps. Still, you will realize that there are things that are hard to find and are priceless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Agree money does not buy happiness.. But i prefer being an unhappy rich than an unhappy poor

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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    I would totally agree that money does not buy us happiness.
    Money can't buy love and since love is the source of ultimate happiness therefore it can't buy happiness. True there are things money can replace but it cannot buy love. Things are temporary and the more we invest in temporary things the more we waste our money into them.

    Just spend time with your family, run charity organization, be generous to someone or somebody.
    Do something with your money that can change the world for the better even if it is just small at least your money has done something for the better.
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  • Money relieves the stress and unpleasantness that comes with not having any.

    While it may not create natural and lasting "happiness", it certainly is a commodity that one does much better with than without.

    Money buys the joy of having rather than the sorrow of want.

    LLS
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  • Profile picture of the author hayfj2
    Start collecting "experiences" not assets
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  • Profile picture of the author dash0205
    Money can never buy happiness. In fact, to attract success... you have to be happy and have that inner joy first!...its just my one cent.
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  • Profile picture of the author mileagedriver
    Money can't buy happiness thats true but it allows(makes) you to be happier whenever possible...
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  • Profile picture of the author AL Hummel
    Money is a life giving energy that provides security, safety, and self sustainability. It allows you to do more for yourself and for others in need. Giving provides a truly loving most feeling. Money also makes a person feel much more confident. Feeling Joy brings more money and having more money brings more Joy.... love and money go hand and hand in my opinion. Money is Good!
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  • Profile picture of the author webgeek247
    Getting what you need/want is what makes you happy. Money is needed for that 9/10 unfortunately.
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  • Profile picture of the author jw22777
    Money can grant you a happiness to a certain degree, as it can pay your bills, but true happiness comes from the content and the joy that you have in yourself.
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