Does money make you happy?
August 19, 2016 8:03am CST
Does money make me happy? I want to say no. But really, there are times when the answer is "yes". When does money make me happy? - When I got paid for a job well done. - When I can spend it on the things I want. Outside these two remits, I can't say it does anything more for me. So I always hope I will get paid for the work I do and I'll always be able to afford the things I want. How about you? Does money make you happy?
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I don't believe that money can buy you happiness but it can make your life a lot easier. As long as I have enough money to get by then I am happy with that. I don't need a whole lot of money and the best of everything. Happiness comes from within. I try not to stress to much about money. I can stretch a dollar along way if I have to. What truly makes me happy is my family and the love for each other. Money can't buy that!
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@Happy2BeMe I don't think money can "buy" happiness, but it fulfils the following functions that lead to happiness: i) as a reward/recognition of good work. ii) as a tool to help you & people your love to solve materialistic problems. If money can solve a problem, then it's not a real problem. - someone wise once said. iii) it represents security and freedom for quite a few people out there. I think oftentimes we leap to apply money's purchasing power to happiness.. but in reality, it's not that makes us happy.
• Manchester, England
As the old saying goes, money doesn't make you happy but I'd love the chance to find out. I'm honestly not bothered about money! Maybe 25 years ago it was all about the money. I always thought having more money would make me happier. I've learned the hard way that the more money you earn the more money you spend and not always wisely. Now I'm planning an early retirement based on a minimal lifestyle requiring a minimal amount of money. As another saying goes, happiness isn't about getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got. Time makes me happy these days, not money!
Money in and of itself...no, because it's something we create and place value on. Money as a means to and end...it's a needful thing in order to get things we need to live on...and some of those things are detrimental to our physical and emotional well being...that is, simply a reality...even if one were to take a minimalist approach to how one lived, it's still a reality.
• Anniston, Alabama
Yes. I love getting paid for my hard work. I love to buy clothes for people that need them and see the smile on there face. I love buying the new fencing so the animals are happy. I love feeling safe in a good car. But do I worship money? No. God gives me what he wants me to have and that makes me happy.
absolutely! I think the joy one receives from spiritual and relationship activities are not the same as one get from able to pay the bills and so on. the 2 doesn't necessarily need to conflict as long as they are given the appropriate priorities. I feel often times, we are told to take a 0/1 stance against money, and that is somewhat extreme and not necessarily good.
• Hebei, China
It reminds me of the Debate we often have in our middle school:LOVE OR MONEY.? In the debate, they often quote the sayings such as :Money talks, Money is not everything. Money is the root of all evil, and so on. so I think these sayings in some way tell us the answer.
to be honest, I always find these debates odd, why must I choose between Love or Money? In reality, I've found the two complement each other in the right order. e.g. I love my work, I enjoy it, I do a good job so when I get money for it, I am happy. The reverse is also true, i.e. I hate my work, I don't want to do it, I do the bare minimum.. when I look at my paycheck, I wonder if the money I receive is worth it? so, you see how money in this relationship Love & Money actually goes hand in hand. Is Money the root of all evil, no. But greed is the root of all evil, greed encompasses more than just money. I guess ultimately money is a tool.. it is important but not to be worshipped