Does money make you happy?

@Drosophila (16952)
Ireland
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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@Happy2BeMe (40559)
• Canada
19 Aug
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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@louievill (12422)
• Philippines
19 Aug
Money is a blessing, it's a material blessing
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
@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.
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@WorDazza (7193)
• Manchester, England
19 Aug
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!
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
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@Happy2BeMe (40559)
• Canada
19 Aug
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
@WorDazza The keyword here is "got" xD If you got nada nil naught..might be an issue there.
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@skysnap (17383)
19 Aug
These days only money and food makes me happy :D
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
@skysnap I am so with you 110% on food there!
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@JohnRoberts (20349)
• Los Angeles, California
19 Aug
Yes!!!! A life without financial stress and affording the best possible health care? You bet.
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
@JohnRoberts, I bet, you're right.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
@JohnRoberts no stress in general is good! so ya, definitely don't want to stress about money.. I do well to stress about other things.
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@sol_cee (9572)
• Japan
19 Aug
No money, no honey.
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
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@cacay1 (22710)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Aug
that is true.
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@dodo19 (21178)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
19 Aug
I will admit that having enough to pay the bills and feed my family does make me happy. It is a good feeling knowing this.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
I know what you mean. It's good to sleep without worrying about consolidation of debts
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@dodo19 (21178)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
19 Aug
@Drosophila it really is. Not being able to make ends meet can add a lot of stress.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
20 Aug
@dodo19 absolutely. truth be told, I prefer to worry about something else
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Aug
Yes it makes me happy because it saves me from financial problems. Money can also help my soul because if I have too much money I can do charity work.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
21 Aug
HAHAHHAA I like the charity one! You is right
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• Calgary, Alberta
22 Aug
@Drosophila Also if I have money, I can look as ugly as Donald Trump but I will still be able to have a hot wife.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
22 Aug
@CaptAlbertWhisker hahaha.. hey its not the money... she's after his erm diplomacy!!!
@just4him (62605)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Aug
Only when I can do what is necessary - like pay bills on time and yes, get the things I want and need. Otherwise no, money does not make me happy.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
oh ya definitely able to sleep without thinking about money troubles is a plus!
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@just4him (62605)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Aug
@Drosophila Yes it is.
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@marsha32 (5875)
• United States
20 Aug
It doesn't buy true happiness, but I'm sure not very happy when I don't have any! I never have much that is my own money as I don't earn much myself. I feel happier when I do have a few dollars in my wallet.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
21 Aug
Indeed, I think joy is different from happiness, one is long term, one is short. :)
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@EddieHands (26690)
• United States
19 Aug
Yes it does! Money buys me toys, cherry pie, and candy. I love money !
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
you forget pizza!
@CRK109 (10495)
• United States
21 Aug
I have a love/hate relationship with money. I wish I didn't need it at all.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
22 Aug
Absolutely, I did go through a tough patch and totally know what you mean
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@CRK109 (10495)
• United States
22 Aug
@Drosophila the line that best comes to mind is "money is the root of all evil". And I do believe that.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
22 Aug
@CRK109 I guess it's the love of money aye! I need to really re-read the parable of the rich fool a few times, as I have a propensity to get too $$$ focused
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@LoriAMoore (10407)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Aug
Nope, it's just a means to an end.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
22 Aug
Indeed, I do prefer not to have to lay awake at night and worrying about it
@marie42 (988)
• Shreveport, Louisiana
20 Aug
I will be happy if I could just pay my bills every month.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
20 Aug
Amen to that
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• Canada
20 Aug
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.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
20 Aug
Absolutely! I must admit one of my happiest days was when I paid off all of my students debts. :D
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@LeaPea2417 (8507)
• Toccoa, Georgia
19 Aug
It makes me happy when I have enough to pay the bills.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
That's definitely a major one
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• United States
19 Aug
Money makes me happy in the way it allows me to live a comfortable life and not worry about pennies.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
I concur! so true!
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@andriaperry (9907)
• Anniston, Alabama
19 Aug
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.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
19 Aug
That is indeed very very true.. Money is important but not that important. I used to worry about it a lot more, now I've found God, I'm more chilled. :)
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@SIMPLYD (67492)
• Philippines
22 Aug
Yes, because i can buy my necessities with it and we can be comfortable with the things i can buy with it . Though , it's not that happiness we feel when we are with the family and with praying .
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
22 Aug
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.
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@SIMPLYD (67492)
• Philippines
23 Aug
@Drosophila Yes, they give us different kinds of happiness.
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@efanxing (51)
• Hebei, China
20 Aug
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.
@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
20 Aug
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
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• Hebei, China
20 Aug
@Drosophila couldnt agree more.
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@trivia79 (7975)
• El Segundo, California
20 Aug
money does makes me happy on a moderate level.
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@Drosophila (16952)
• Ireland
20 Aug
Glad to hear it, yes, not having to worry about debts is good
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@trivia79 (7975)
• El Segundo, California
27 Aug
@Drosophila yep. because too much can lead to bad things.