Can money buy happiness? (5mins)


If you want happiness for an hour
— take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day —go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year —Inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime
— help someone else.
-Chinese Proverbs

A friend of mine would often say:
Money may not buy you happiness. But at least it keeps you miserable in comfort. Ask anyone who’s broke! Of course, that is only one point of view.

In 2010, the New York Times published an article about consumption and how it relates
to happiness. In the article a professor discussed a study
that identified the number one category to be positively related to happiness. Surprisingly the top category wasn’t cars, home improvements or even a shiny new
piece necklace from Tiffany’s. The number one category was leisure activities: vacations, entertainment, sports and equipment used to enhance an experience such as golf clubs, yoga mats or a surf board. Thus, buying authentic memorable
experiences should be our primary focus when looking to optimize our lives using a pay cheque.

I agree that more money makes life look happier but why is it that all the time, we do see people who have the money they want, but never seem to enjoy it the
way they’re supposed to?

Naturally, we all have basic needs – who would opt for a life on the pavement or choose to be hungry, or even dirty?
Interestingly, there are studies that say that cash can buy a certain amount of satisfaction with life. But enjoyment? Not so much.
Cash can get you security, but happiness is a whole new ballgame. Ultimately, joy and gratitude my dears, is not for sale.

So – lets look at what we can list as life’s basic needs. For some this could be a roof over the head – regardless of the type of roof, a roof, running water even if it is cold and enough food so they don’t go hungry. For others, it can go a step further and imply air conditioning.

Nonetheless, it is a matter of individual perception then.
Even so, some things are the same for everyone. These include:
The desire to be treated with respect. Who wouldn’t want that?
The desire to be surrounded by people who love us.
The desire to learn new things
The desire to be involved in what we are good at. Can we put a price tag on those things? I guess not.

There’s no spending limit when it comes to spending time with family For guaranteed return on investments, buy flowers
Isn’t That awesome?
Finally, it all boils down to love, relationships and people.
Still, one cannot deny that it feels good to have the cash to do the things we want to do.
For me, I’d like money to survive, and also support the charities I am involved in. I’d like to have the money when a friend is in need so I can share. I’d like money for when I have a medical emergency. And of course, for lot and lots of tea!
But never so much that it slips over to the greed category.

What do you think?
What are your views on this?
Do you think money can buy you happiness?

And just so you know, money bought me a brand new pair of shoes recently and that directly translates to happiness for me. Just sayin’!
Thanks for reading


20 thoughts on “Can money buy happiness? (5mins)

  1. To get a meaningful answer to the question “Can money buy happiness?”, there has to be some accepted standard of happiness which is acknowledged by all. This is highly unlikely to exist, and so the person answering must qualify their answer with their own definition of happiness.

    I imagine most thinking people will agree that money can buy happiness, but it is only a short-term happiness. A longer term happiness (i.e. life long happiness) is much more complex and may be possible without any money whatsoever. It all depends on what happiness means to the individual.

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    1. Well you’re right. You’ve got a point there. It kinda depends on what happiness means to us individually. This means it can only buy short-term happiness not long term.
      Thanks for your amazing comment. You rock! ☺
      Much love, George.

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  2. Happiness that comes from money is unsustainable. Let’s say, I was happy after getting a raise at work, but within a month, I was back to feeling unsatisfied and underappreciated. The problem with money for me is that it cannot buy me the things that bring me happiness and it cannot displace my need for them, such as strong relationships and support, meaningful work, and the joy of learning. Currently, I am even trying to declutter my life of accumulating possessions and mentally it is quite liberating. It is a fine balance to use money for the comfort of life versus just letting it take over.

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    1. Hey Mol, it’s amazing to know how liberating that could be. 😉 I get what you mean but do you believe money could buy short-term happiness and to an extent long-term for some people?


      1. I guess for some people it can. I try not to value things like that. A rich person may be happy today but the money is not guaranteed to last and would take it all away. Also, it never seems sufficient for many people. A cycle of wanting more and more.

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        1. That’s just it. When we’ve got the money we need, we still look for more and as you did point out, the cycle (of wanting more) never appear to end.

          Just as someone did put, it could by pleasure but not happiness.
          BTW, i don’t think pleasure and happiness are different though. What do you think, are they?


    2. You’re absolutely right. Often time, we just don’t know when we allow money take over but realizing it soon and working to be in control is something we will get to do one time in our life.


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