Money buys happiness when you spend in on other people!

@winterose (39921)
Canada
March 22, 2008 2:04pm CST
New study shows that people who have money and like to spend it on others are much happier, that will concur with the old expression, it is better to give than to take, does it make you happy to buy things for other people or do you do it because you are expected to, like buy a relative a birthday gift when you would rather not, or you are going to a baby shower so you know you have to buy something but you wished you didn't have to. do you buy the cheapest thing that you can find when you really do not wan to buy something for somebody else, or do you still put thought and buy something you will know that they will like? Do you something go out of budget and buy something more than you can afford but you know that is what they really wanted?
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
23 Mar 08
Yes, especially when money can be used to resolve problems. I do not mind paying to buy something if the item purchased can enhance friendship. If the item is well above budget, at most I take the extra effort to gather extra heads to chip in and we share the purchase. It is a win-win for all.
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
sounds like a good solution for a high ticket item
@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Mar 08
If I had much money I would love to buy things for my son and my best friend and donate to some pet causes of mine. I also feelgood when I have bought something for my friends that I know they will enjoy.
@beaniecat (329)
• United States
23 Mar 08
All of the above at one time or another.
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@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I always splurge on people at traditional present times. I spend more on folks than I should. I love buying presents, particially because I could never afford it before this year (when I become employed).
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I buy things for my husband and my daughter because I want to and they need and have to have things and they deserve it. I do not do birthday and other gifts anymore because I just cannot afford that. We are lucky to buy the things we need and have to have in our own household. If I could, I would still put thought in whatever I bought. I never go out of my budget to buy things. We cannot afford to take on more debt. the economy is not getting any better any time soon.
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@ellie333 (21029)
22 Mar 08
Oh I love giving so guess thas why I am so happy but recently been on the receiving end too which at first I found difficult but now believe it is because I deserve, karma perhaps coming back from all the giving I have done and still do do. I always try to put a lot of thought into what I get for someone, even if I am on a tight budget. Last Christmas funds were really low so I made homemade jam for one friend, I made a big sweet jar up for another, I made a photo album of happy memories for another so even though cost was low the thought was there for what each particular frined would like and appreciate! I even gave one a tin of Spam because she loves it and her partner is alsways moaning about the cost as a joke stocking pressie. I also give practical help where I can rather than a gift eg: a friend without transport wanted to take their son to the zoo so I provided the transport so they could give them this treat. Ellie :D
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• Canada
22 Mar 08
"It is better to give than to take". Of course, those who can afford to give is in a much better financial shape. So often I just give gift cards if it is an obligation. For example, buying Xmas gift for a youngster. I really don't know what they really want.
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I agree. When I pay for meals and other things for family members, I experience a deep satisfaction. After all, I know and love them. My sister and 90-year-old aunt are examples. And even if money was a little tight, I'd still go out of my way to buy things for them. When my dad was alive, I tried to pay for the meals that we ate at a local diner and managed to pay for a few. But my dad never seemed to be happy. He tolerated my generosity. I think that he was the one who looked forward to making someone happy by paying for meals and felt cheated when I paid for them. Oh well. He passed away nearly two years ago, but at least I know that expressed my gratitude in little ways.
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@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I try to always buy something nice. It's just the way I am... I want the person to enjoy what I have gotten for them-- and I try to think about what they would really want and then buy that-- if I can. I also like to buy myself things too though!
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I love to buy gifts for others. I try to buy gifts that people can use. I do spend more on those that I care for more. There is also people I don't buy for because think don't appreciate it.
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@maxsee212 (799)
• United States
23 Mar 08
if you want to make yourself happy, share your money with me so i'll be happy too.
@winterose (39921)
• Canada
23 Mar 08
the question was does buy things for other people make you happy,