What Happiness DOES Money Buy?

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  1. earllogjam

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    There is an old adage 'Money doesn't buy happiness' which most of us have subscribed to or have been led to believe.

    But how true is this for most folks?

    I was wondering if there are any here that perhaps this isn't the case and that you have found the contrary to be true. That money does buy happiness.

    What has been your experience.

    What happiness does money buy? Are rich people happier?
     
  2. Aitch

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    Well, I would have liked to have been able to afford ticket for the last night of Prince's recent stint at the O2 Arena in London but alas, couldnt. I'd been to a gig about a month & half before so I knew I was going to be missing something pretty spectacular & so I was rather miserable about not going but it didn't kill me.

    I think money gives one a bit more freedom to do stuff. And also, in critical situations (life saving operations etc) it provides options you wouldn't have otherwise.

    I am a low wage earner & folk say I should get something thats better paid but I enjoy my job & I get by so why sweat it? I'm not particularly materialisitic but anything I do want I can often find in charity/thrift shops or Ebay for a fraction of the full retail cost.
     
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    The retort:

    Those who think money can't buy happiness don't know where to shop.

    Money doesn't buy happiness but it can make happiness much easier to achieve. Sometimes I think people like to think that the rich don't have it so great to make themselves feel better. Like any other tool in life, money is what you make of it. You can blow it, allow it to ruin your life, or you can use it to build a wonderful life full of learning, philanthropy, travel, and security. The sad truth of the matter is that some of the happiest people I know are very rich. They have Renoirs in their living room, families who love them, and charities singing their praises. They feel a purpose in their lives freed from needing to worry about security.

    Rich or poor, satisfaction from life is derived from knowing what you want and the ambition to achieve it. That could mean a life of Wall Street finance or a life of hybridizing roses.
     
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    Money makes life easier for us poor people. Easier life means less stress. Less stress = more happiness.
     
  5. snoozan

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    I'd have to vote for security-- it's a lot easier to relax when you're not worrying if you're going to be able to pay your next mortgage bill.
     
  6. Graf

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    Once you have the safe food, safe shelter, and safe transportation covered it becomes much less important. What usually makes people happy is a sense of accomplishment. The rich people that are self made are much happier than those that inherited it. People born rich have issues, my father is a prime example, though I won't get into his psychosis right now :p. I also had issues until I moved away from my family to a place where no one knows my name. My mother pretty much ruined all of my relationships by telling me "you are a great young man, but just be sure she isn't after your money" and how can one be sure? Most people have money issues at some time in their life when they are young, but this would set off the "gold digger alarm" for me because my mother would be whispering in my ear about how a "good looking wealthy young man can never know what a woman likes about him but he can be safe in assuming its either his looks or wealth." So I had issues with women due to money.
    Also, my grandfather worked extremely hard in his career, and while it brought a lot of wealth, he had no time for anything else until he retired. So it didn't make the rest of his family particularly happy. There are lots of things to consider about money and happiness. If you get rich because your son dies of food poisoning in Burger King and you sue them for a billion dollars, that money isn't exactly going to turn everything rosey. My friend got rich when a rich woman ran him over while he was training for the olympics, and paralyzed him.
    Anyway, here is a decent article about the topic.
    Can Money Buy Happiness? - August 1, 2006
     
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  7. whatireallywant

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    Yep.. me too. I'm about to be evicted from my apartment. I got a reprieve this month because I had to ask my parents for money to pay rent. I absolutely hate this! I want security, and I want a stable job again! (I did have a stable job from 1995-2005).

    My friend in Indianapolis would at this time be cracking a joke about why would I want to work in a stable? :biggrin1: (he's like that...but then of course, I think like that too! We both are really bad for puns!)
     
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    Happiness buys security and freedom.

    The security of not having to worry where your next payment due will come from.

    Also it buys the freedom to travel.
     
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    Money equals power. The more power you have, the more paths you have.
     
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    While having stacks of cash does but some cool stuff. It doesn't guaranee happiness.
    When I moved from primary school, to secondary school, my parents moved me into private education. I fukin hated it, so after three months I was moved back into state school and I was much happier there.
    Also untill recently we hardly ever saw my mum. We got bought loads of stuff but all we wanted was a parent.
    But they are only the views of a child, and I do appreiciate the less stress = more happiness argument.
     
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    I agree. Money doesn't necessarily buy happiness but it does buy more options and more potential distractions or relief from boredom. Those might lead to more happiness.
     
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    Money doesn't buy you happiness. But it'll pay for the search.
     
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    Money doesn't equal power.
    BLACKMAILING someone with money = true power!! :biggrin1:
     
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    Money equals happiness for a lot of people as, as many before me have posted , it helps phase out some areas of your life that before caused you stress and unneeded worry because you needed money to keep them at bay. These include paying taxes, morgage, food and clothing and shelter and if you have kids their schooling, food and clothes and the list goes on and on. Having more money helps ease those burdens and allows you to become more free to enjoy the so called 'silly' parts of your life where you can forget about being an adult as it were and just be you.
     
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    Those who say money doesn`t buy you happiness are just like the ones that say penis size doesn`t matter.

    I`d rather have a $50 dollar bottle of wine than some $3 dollar thunderbird or boonze farm any day.

    Going on vacation is nice, especeially when you can afford to do stuff, like actually going on the tours, and eat somewhere besides mcdonalds.

    And it`s always nice to be able to fix your car when it breaks down, that`s a biggie.

    When your broke it`s always nice to want to believe that money doesn`t matter, i guess it`s like telling someone that you love them for who they are despite their inadequacies.

    Am i cruel, or insensitive? No, just honest about my experience, strength, and hope. I`ve been homeless without a pot to piss in, so i can appreciate what money can do, especially when it`s gained from good old fashioned hard work.

    lafever
     
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    Money doesn't buy happiness but it will buy you out of a hell of a lot of unhappiness. (Bessie Smith, I think)
    Dave
     
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    Money may not buy happiness, but it can rent happiness.
     
  18. viking1

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    Absolutely! Penis size does matter, and money can make you happy, or at least a lot less miserable!

    If I had money I wouldn't have to face the skull drudgery of going to work everyday. I wouldn't have to set around bored, sad, and lonely when I'm not working either. I could do anything I wanted to. I wouldn't have time to be sad, lonely, or lonely.

    Right now, the only thing that brings relief is when I have to concentrate very hard on something so I forget everything else. This usually only happens on the job when I'm working on a difficult problem. It only happens once in a while at that. It did happen yesterday. The hour and a half I spent trying to figure out why something wouldn't work right seemed like about ten minutes. I just love when that happens...
     
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    Money buys options. It is an innate characteristic for humans to want... options. Those options provide freedom. And, in return, that freedom provides stability and for the most part, peace of mind.

    What is happiness? I think that question should be coupled with the original to truly weigh in on perception here.
     
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    Money doesn't buy happiness, but it's much harder to be happy if you're wondering where your next meal is coming from or if you're under threat of eviction. Money isn't that important, unless you don't have any.
     
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