Can Money Buy Happiness?

@rosie_123 (6118)
July 22, 2007 10:03am CST
Yes I know a lot of people will immediately answer "no" to this question....... they will say that health and love and family are far more important, - but to be honest, when I think about this, I have to say "yes" it can! OK - having money can't stop you getting a terminal illness, but it can help pay for the best treatment and medication possible, and make your last days more comfortable. And if you love your family, surely it is better to be able to give your children the best education/medical treatment/travel opportunities/lifestyle choices etc that money can buy, rather than watch them struggle all their lives? And of course there are some very rich, sad, and mixed up people out there - but they probably had a propensity to be depressed or have an addictive personality anyway - some people are just like that - and I bet you there are more very poor, sad and mixed up people! So my answer to this question would be a resounding "yes" - what do you think?
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@brendakaya (2335)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Oh, absolutely! I believe everything you said is true, that is exactly the way that I feel. For me, there is no doubt in my mind, that money would make me happy. It is the main reason, that my husband and I argue all the time. Not yo mention, I could afford to pay people to do some of the chores, that takes up all of my time, like cleaning out my barn, kennels, and even housework. I always have so much work to do, that I hate doing simple things, like visiting my kids, and grandkids for a cookout, because I have to work hard to catch up, before I go back to work on Monday. Not to mention, I hate having to work, so there woulg go alot more of my stress, by not having to work! The only way that money wouldn't buy me happiness, is if I had to lose those that I love, in order to get it.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
Oh I hate to work too! It takes up so much precious time that should be spent on the really important things in life like family, friends and loved ones. And I agree with your last comment. Thanks for your answer.
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• United States
23 Jul 07
I have so much work to do at home, that I feel like I'm wasting my time when I'm at work. lol
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@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I don't think money can buy happiness, but I do think that if you have some money, you are probably a lot happier than if you don't have any! I know the times when I have been flat broke have been the worst for me, and I was not too happy. I wasn't happy because just paying for bills and food was a battle! When I have enough money to purchase the things I need for myself, I am so much happier. I guess it is more of a peace of mind thing for me.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
And for me too. I remember being a oiir, struggling student and not having enough money for food, and I hated it. Money means security and peace of mind for me too - we cant live on fresh air.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
And for me too. I remember being a poor, struggling student and not having enough money for food, and I hated it. Money means security and peace of mind for me too - we cant live on fresh air.
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@crickethear (1420)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I agree with you. People who say money doesnt count, aren't being honest. Granted it can't by you happiness, that comes from within. However, lets face it, to live a life where you struggle to pay bills, and can't enjoy anything in life because you don't have the money to do any of the little extras is miserable. Maybe you don't have to have tons of money, but to have enough left to do some things for yourself, and others, would be nice.
@rosie_123 (6118)
25 Jul 07
Yes I agree. Thanks for responding.
@Angela07 (202)
• United States
22 Jul 07
No money cant buy happiness , because when you have money then you get sick or have something else you have to worry about and that could be worser...Yes money buys you and your family comfort,education,etc. but people with money arent always happy...the more money you have the more problems you get ...thats what i have heard..
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@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
Well thank you for your response.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
22 Jul 07
Sweetie looking through your eyes then the answer is yes but only if the Love is strong enough to hold through it What I mean by that is that the money does not go to your Head and turns you into a Snob I would love to have enough Money to give my Kids to pay of the House and that and to pay my few Debts of and then just enough to live comfortable so yes that way it would buy Happiness as long as I am still loved for who I am not what I have got
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
Well I think the genuine people who love us,will love us rich or poor, - but it wold be nice to have enough mone to help tfem out think. Thanks for your amswer.
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• Brazil
22 Jul 07
i think you are right, the money take rappiness if you dont have money today you can't survive if you dont have money you can't be confortable having money or not you can have a good friends,you need only to now who is the real friend a good exemple is: I love horses but i can't buy une so i dont have this happiness
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
Thanks for your response.
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I don't think that it can buy happiness, but used properly I think that it can certainly help to attain it. Having money can help you get the home you want, it can help you get the education you want (or provide it for your children). Having money eliminates the worry and stress of wondering if you'll be able to pay your bills next month, which opens the door to being able to find happiness. Of course, some people get money suddenly and go on a self-destructive tear, or they let themselves be controlled by the idea that if you throw enough money at a problem it'll go away.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
I think those are very wise words. Thanks for them.
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• Philippines
22 Jul 07
yes, it can! it may not be the kind of happiness that we wanted like happiness because life is all good to you. but, it can buy you things that satisfies you which will make you happy. its a temporary happiness tho because at the end of the day, its still going to be yourself and your loneliness. as i've qouted one of the richest man in england he said when he had no money yet he thought wealthy people are the happiest people on earth, when he became rich he thought money was all it would take to make him happy and true enough he was happy- for a while! the irony of life!
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
Yes I see what you mean, but at least if you are rich and lonely you can afford to travel and go and visit people who live far away, or start obbies where you can meet other people. If you are poor and lonely you have no escape!
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• China
22 Jul 07
Well, I think I have to say "yes", too. Everything we do nees money, we need it to buy things, to pay for fees... We will be vey happy if we are satisfied with our lives, and that is to say, money is indispensable.
@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
Absolutely - I agree. Thanks for your answer.
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@anjoks (2084)
• Philippines
22 Jul 07
On a personal note, "money can't buy me love" and of course that includes happiness. What is money, good life, and everything i have in this world that can offer but i am not happy? You know what i mean? The "real" thing not the "reel". Anyway, this is my opinion. take care. (",)
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@rosie_123 (6118)
22 Jul 07
Thanks for your input.
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I think money can buy me tons of happiness- I have everything else I need- A good husband, wonderful hairy 4 legged children, family on both sides who love us and a mulitude of friends who care about us, so I wouldn't have to worry about people loving us for our money. If I had money to help pay the bills so I wouldn't have to worry all the time about how we will make it every month it would help me and make me healthier...my stress level would go down because of it and my health issues would subside (they are all stress related). And I would be able to help out family and friends if they needed it- I know my one friend may lose her house and I would be able to prevent that....oh it's nice to dream...thanks for that little trip to LA LA Land!!! LOL
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@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
That is exactly how I feel. The people I love and who love me, would not change whether I had money or not - but it would be nice to be able to do more things for them, and have more free timeto spend with them. Thanks for your answer.
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
24 Jul 07
My husband and I talk about this all the time when the lottery reaches a large amount- about how we would give money to each person and animal shelters and maybe open our ownn animal shelter- we would give money annonmously to people in real need knowing they may be to proud to accept it...oh how I wish we could do these things, so many people need help nowadays. Thanks for the BR.
2 Aug 07
Now this certainly is one to think about. I would tend to agree with your suggestion that money can buy happiness, but only to a certain point. For example, you may be the richest person in the world, but without love or friendship you probably wont be happy. On the other hand, you may have lots of friends and family, and very little money, but if you have learned to live within you means you may be very happy. The one question I would put to you is how much money is enough? The one thing i've noticed about people who do have money is that many of them spend so much time guarding it that they don't take the time to enjoy it. Others may have some money but never feel they have enough so spend all their time working to gain more and again end up being so possessive of the money that they ,ive their lives in fear of spending it. It's a tricky question you've posed here and I suppose my gut feeling is that money alone can't buy happiness, but in some circumstances it can make our lives easier.
@rosie_123 (6118)
2 Aug 07
Thanks for your very interesting response.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
Hi rosie, I tend to agree with you. Having money can mean a better life. The problems start when people hoard money,and love having it more then the things that it can buy.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
27 Jul 07
Yes I know what you mean. Thanks for your response.
@Naomi17 (624)
25 Jul 07
I have been so hard up i know what its like to really have almost nothing oh i had love and babies but i couldn't afford to eat some days, i always made sure my babies did thou! I have 4 brothers and sisters 2 our millionaires and are never satisfied and very up themselves lol, me i'm not rich but i have a home 4 children i work my socks of so we can have nice things holidays etc Without money your stuck in a big hole of debt and i never want to be in that situation again! Money is for enjoying it certainly makes life better, when hubby was made redundant out of work for 3 years i worked but there was no money for luxuries and i felt i was working just to survive. I like being comfortable not having to worry being able to treat those i love, going out having holidays etc so YES i think money certainly improves life gives you opportunities you wouldn't have without it! Think of your little Lily what if you hadn't been able to afford her treatment with money you have more choices you can go for the best not make do.
23 Jul 07
I think that in this society that money does indeed bring happiness. However if we could completely reject the society we are in and become self sufficient and suvive as happy family groups in a close community then we would be happier than now, but that isn't really possible.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
25 Jul 07
Thanks for your reply, Michelle.
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I don't recall the movie, but there was a line in a movie a while back in which one character says that money doesn't buy happiness and the other one says, "Yes, but it doesn't automatically depress me either." That's kind of how I feel about it myself. Money alone will never make a person truly happy, but the things that money can buy can help ensure security and peace of mind that can help create a more conducive atmosphere for creating happiness. I do not have to have money to be happy, but I can't imagine I would turn down great wealth either. As long as you keep your priorities straight it is possible to have money without being corrupted by it. But, that is just my opinion.
@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
And I think it is a very wise opinion.! Thanks for it.
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@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
23 Jul 07
Money can buy freedom -- freedom from having to work, freedom from stress, freedom to do whatever you want, go wherever you want, and buy whatever you want. Some people would call that happiness. So yes, money can lead to happiness. It's just that people have different ideas of what makes them happy.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
Very wise words. Thanks for them.
• Indonesia
23 Jul 07
Ehm...unfortunately I would have to say yes.,wouldn't you be happy if you could afford to give your children the best in life,.best school, best dress, best shoes,..wouldn't you be happy to be able to have vacation around the world with your loved ones? wouldn't you be happy to be able to help your family?
@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
I would agree with you. Thanks for your input.
• Philippines
23 Jul 07
I can big yes! In our present life with the new technologies, we need money for everything. Unlike before, all people can do share or exchange what they have , like food, shelter, whatever needs that can make us happy. Then, you can share smile which the best expression of happiness. Without money, we can't buy food
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@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
Great response! Thank you for it.
• United States
23 Jul 07
i say yes also.as long as it's used wisely,and not to get in trouble with it.even on my worst day with it i could always get involved with a project that would cheer me. i ever won the lottery,i know one thing for sure-i'd start a no kill shelter on this island.
@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Jul 07
Well that is a wonderful thing to do. No unwanted animals are killed if they are healthy in the UK, but I would open a home for stray, ill-treated animals to keep them protected too. Thanks for answering.
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