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A Paycheck Or Happiness?

  1. richgerman profile image52
    richgermanposted 9 years ago

    How would you prefer to be paid for your work? Would you prefer cash or happiness? you cant have both so you will have to choose one. and support your answer:)

    1. profile image0
      pgrundyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Happiness, hands down. I consider the things that make me happy--writing, cooking, gardening, walking with my dog and my man--my work. The hours of my time that I sell for money, I don't know what that is--wage-slavery I think.

    2. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      What's with all these rhetorical questions? Have you got a philosophy 101 assignment to finish or something? roll

      Anyway, while we're at it, I've always wanted to know if God could make a rock so big that he can't lift it?

  2. Marisa Wright profile image100
    Marisa Wrightposted 9 years ago

    Job satisfaction is extremely important to me - I'm the kind of person who will quit a job I don't like, even if I don't have a new one in prospect. 

    However if I have to choose one or the other, then it's a no brainer - it has to be the money, otherwise I'd starve to death.  Unless, of course, I can dash out and find a rich husband to replace my current gorgeous-but-not-wealthy one...

  3. Inspirepub profile image81
    Inspirepubposted 9 years ago

    This topic is probably more appropriate for the Hangout than in the Knowledge Exchange, richgerman - this forum is for how-to information on HubPages.

    Jenny

    P.S. I can't understand how anyone generates cash while unhappy.

    1. richgerman profile image52
      richgermanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      this is just a collection of ideas:)  how one thought something for that:)

    2. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Jenny, I took his question to mean work in general - he didn't say how MUCH cash!  it's quite possible for someone to generate cash working in a dead-end job. 

      As I said, faced with the choice of sticking it out in an awful job and happiness, I choose happiness every time - but I do have to eat.

  4. Inspirepub profile image81
    Inspirepubposted 9 years ago

    Probably more an indication of my mindset, Marisa - it's not cash to me unless it's left over after all expenses.

    IME, unhappy people at any income level spend all their discretionary income on distraction, stress relief, and numbing agents, and never have any cash at all. In fact, their net worth is often negative.

    Jenny

    1. VioletSun profile image82
      VioletSunposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I would choose happiness over cash because if I am happy, I am being fulfilled at all levels, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically so there would not be any  "lack" in my life experience, or at least I wouldn't percieve "lack" even if others do.  Reminds me of a question a teacher/lecturer asked,  which my friends and I discussed a few months ago, would we choose enlightenment or a million dollars?

    2. Marisa Wright profile image100
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I see!   To me, "cash" means exactly the opposite - I rarely handle cash because I can afford a credit card and a bank account, so cash to me means the odd bit of real coins and notes that I need to cover my essential daily expenses. 

      So maybe our questioner needs to come back and clarify what he means.  If by "cash" he means profit, as you do, then certainly I'd choose happiness every time.  His title used the word "paycheck" which is perhaps why I took it differently.

      I remember a network marketer trying to sign me up once. She started out asking me what I wanted in my future. I said I wanted to be happy.  She kept asking me in different ways, and I could tell I wasn't giving them the right answer, but I didn't know what it was. Eventually she showed me a picture of a couple in front of MacMansion with a fancy car in the driveway and said, "but wouldn't you like to live like this?" 

      When I said "no, not particularly", I think she realised it wasn't going to work out...

  5. Inspirepub profile image81
    Inspirepubposted 9 years ago

    Oh, enlightenment, without a doubt.

    A million dollars doesn't go far, anyway.

    Jenny

    1. VioletSun profile image82
      VioletSunposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I also would choose enlightenment...

  6. darkside profile image82
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    Cash.

    Paying the bills makes me happy.

  7. richgerman profile image52
    richgermanposted 9 years ago

    i think its only a paycheck. whatever comes on your mind about that word:) will do so will know here whats your point of view to this:)

    1. terenceyap07 profile image60
      terenceyap07posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Hi German,

      Forgive me for asking, but I was curious why you haven't posted a single hub in 6 weeks.

      1. darkside profile image82
        darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        He does. For some reason it's not showing it in his forum stats.

        1. terenceyap07 profile image60
          terenceyap07posted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for pointing me to his online resume, Darkside. But I'm curious why this guy is not only using his hub as a resume, but also to sell his book.

  8. richgerman profile image52
    richgermanposted 9 years ago

    actually you can view my online resume through my website too:) and that could brigthen your day at the same time:)

  9. Marisa Wright profile image100
    Marisa Wrightposted 9 years ago

    What I find odd is that you seem to be adding new articles to your Hub as if it were a blog, instead of starting new Hubs.

    1. Inspirepub profile image81
      Inspirepubposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That's an indication of someone who has learned (or bought an eBook about) how to maximise Squidoo lenses.

      Jenny

  10. spuds profile image60
    spudsposted 9 years ago

    Happiness is very important. Now if I didn't have a family to support then that is what I would take over the money. The ideal is off course both.

  11. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 9 years ago

    The other thing to take into consideration is that brokegerman is trying to sell you his "happiness guaranteed" service rather than asking a genuine question. big_smile

    1. terenceyap07 profile image60
      terenceyap07posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yet another pearl of wisdom, Mark. Thanks for the reminder, sir.

      1. Elaine Hannah profile image52
        Elaine Hannahposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        My thoughts precisely.

    2. terenceyap07 profile image60
      terenceyap07posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, Mark.

  12. terenceyap07 profile image60
    terenceyap07posted 9 years ago

    German,

    Why is there a Google Adsense Advertisement entitled:

    "Law Of Attraction Scam
    Dont Buy Another Law Of Attraction Product Until You Have Seen This" ?

    And why has your forum post on Karma been copied from:

    http://www.karmadirectory.com/karma-directory.htm ? The author of this exerp is J. Finnis.

    1. bigdaddy profile image40
      bigdaddyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That is a marketing tactic used to draw attention to your pay per click ad. I think it was "
      The Rich Jerk" or Chris McNeeny in "Affiliate Project X" that started teaching this tactic. It used to be very effective but has become a bit over used.

  13. Gaget Girl profile image78
    Gaget Girlposted 9 years ago

    I would most definitely have to say happiness! smile

    After all, isn't that why most people want money? To be happy?

  14. bigdaddy profile image40
    bigdaddyposted 9 years ago

    As far as I am concerned, the amount of happiness that you have and create in your life is the greatest measure of wealth. cool

    1. terenceyap07 profile image60
      terenceyap07posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Well said, my friend. And thanks for your input on that Adsense tactic. Much obliged.

  15. mfrielin profile image53
    mfrielinposted 9 years ago

    Well, if money wasn't an issue...then happiness of course.  I guess that would probably defeat the purpose of this question. 

    Either way, I look at money as a form of exchanged energy.  You can make a living with what you love doing if you find a way to channel that energy into a cash producing activity.  We often times don't see an opportunity knocking at our door to do what we love to make a living (and often times when we do, we get the "reality check" from dream stealers).

  16. Rob Jundt profile image88
    Rob Jundtposted 9 years ago

    Money usually follows satisfaction in your work. Maybe we won't be rich, but at least we have satisfaction in doing something we enjoy while getting paid for it. I'll take the happiness over money every time.

  17. Eileen Hughes profile image87
    Eileen Hughesposted 9 years ago

    It has undoubtably got to be happiness

    Money cannot buy or give you that no matter how much you have.

    look at all the millionaire movie stars.   There are not many still happily married....unless you mention.... Paul newman...they have been married for years and still married.

    Money cant even buy your health......sure it may get you a better specialist.

    I would rather live (and have done) in an old shack or tin shed and be happy than live in a fabulous and be unhappy.

    Stuff the money.  Yeah it does help but you can live no matter how much you earn it gets to the point it is never enough.     so be happy and enjoy your life.

    Now click on my hubs and earn me some money...........JUST JOKING.

  18. profile image0
    Popular Wealthposted 9 years ago

    Happiness.

    If I'm already happy what do I need a paycheck for?

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, things like food...shelter...clothing...

      1. darkside profile image82
        darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Funny thing that, if I don't have those things I'm not very happy.

      2. terenceyap07 profile image60
        terenceyap07posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        LOLOL!!!

        Uninvited Writer, thank you for making my day. Your comment made me burst out with laughter! You are endearing beyond words.

        I am now going to check and make sure that I am a memeber of your fan club.

  19. Health Conscious profile image55
    Health Consciousposted 9 years ago

    Great question and comments.

    Happiness or Wealth, as long as it is possible to have both I will always choose both.

    I personally would tell anyone who tried to prevent me from receiving either to kiss my ---

    Without wealth, I am unable to help as many of my fellow man, without wealth I am unable to spend the time to learn how to better myself.  With wealth I can do so many things that others can only dream about. To me the endeavor to obtain wealth is a noble cause. Every individual who obtains wealth, spends that wealth thus bringing others closer to the same level.

    The only way to improve the lot of those less fortunate is to provide excess for yourself which you may then share.

    In a nutshell wealth is a reward making life easier, happiness is a state of mind. You have to work for both.

    The old saying of 'You can't buy happiness" is true as is "money sure does make happiness easier to obtain"  also true.

  20. GK16 profile image59
    GK16posted 9 years ago

    I have a serious problem. I've heard about rich & famous people committing suicide.
    It seems that some of them had millions in their bank account. But still they left everything behind. I wonder why? hmm 

    May be their money was not enough to buy something. Now what could it be roll Perhaps they felt sorry for all the poor people in the world. May be they woke up from a bad dream. It is better to stay up all 24 hours if you are that rich neutral

    1. Health Conscious profile image55
      Health Consciousposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ahh Famous is a totally different animal and drive all it's own.  I would say that fame was more of a factor than wealth. Wealth also can not buy adoring fame and I personally would not like to be saddled with even if it could.

      As far the wealthy feeling sorry for all the poor,  I personally think that feeling sorry for them is cruel and has no way of helping them. As the  old saying goes, give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats forever. It's easier to help in tangible ways if you have enough wealth to share.

      It has been said and I agree totally that harboring thoughts of distaste and disdain for the wealthy is the major roadblock to attaining it. In my book striving to attain wealth is a noble endeavor.

      Happiness is a totally different thing altogether and I choose to keep it in my heart whether I have attained wealth or not.

      And just for the record I define wealth as having more than you need to survive in the manner you choose.

  21. GK16 profile image59
    GK16posted 9 years ago

    Oh! Sorry, I am just wondering lol

  22. grumpyjacksa profile image58
    grumpyjacksaposted 9 years ago

    Offline , i am a salesman working on commission only.

    SO

    happiness is..........a positive cash flow !

 
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