Money vs Happy. Which one is more important?

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  1. heohongtham profile image60
    heohongthamposted 12 years ago

    What do you think about it? Money can make you happy? Or Happy help you make money?

    1. Cagsil profile image76
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Equally important. wink

      1. daniel0365 profile image56
        daniel0365posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        yeah! yeah! i totally agree! lol

    2. prettydarkhorse profile image57
      prettydarkhorseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Basic needs is met is ok, Money helps in your happiness, to some extent

      However if you cant even meet your basic needs, then you will not be happy,

      After meeting basic needs money, I choose happiness

      and choose to be satiable

    3. profile image0
      Contriceposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Someone once told me "He who thinks money can buy happiness is a fool.  He who thinks that money can not buy happiness is also a fool!"  Money can not may you happy if you do not have the mental and emotional balance that comes with it.  However, the lack of money can make you unhappy and cause a great deal of stress in a persons life.  It's not really the money that provides happiness, it the easy that the money provides (if you know how to handle it) and the doors/options is opens in life.

  2. Flightkeeper profile image67
    Flightkeeperposted 12 years ago

    Money. You can use money to help make you happy.

    1. double_frick profile image61
      double_frickposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      ideally, right?!

      but the happiest people i ever met were in a dirt poor city in costa rica.

      money *can* make you happpy...or can at least lessen the stress that contributes to unhappiness.

      but happiness comes from inside, just as true unhappiness comes from inside. and so can not be cured with anything outside of the self...including and maybe especially money.

      one can be happy without money.

      one can be happy with money, too.

      but the rich are not always happy...and the poor are not always unhappy.
      so on that token its safe to say that money only seems like part of the equation...its a separate issue in and of itself.

  3. Good Guy profile image84
    Good Guyposted 12 years ago

    Money is very important.  Without money most things cannot be done.  Just imagine, how do we feed ourselves?  Without food, what can we achieve?  An adequate amount of money is definitely essential for our worldly happiness.  However, money is not a guarantee for happiness.  This is a well-known fact.

    1. Cagsil profile image76
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Good Guy, Do you know why? (just curious)

      1. Good Guy profile image84
        Good Guyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You mean why money is no guarantee for happiness?

        Answer:  If you don't have the wisdom to be contented, you will be a slave  trying to satisfy unquenchable sensual and material desires for all things.  In the end you become victim to the "good life" either succumbing to  sickness or gone bankrupt or both!

        1. Cagsil profile image76
          Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Interesting answer. Thank you for answering my question. Much appreciated. smile

  4. Daniel Carter profile image66
    Daniel Carterposted 12 years ago

    Rich people are not necessarily happy. Look at the tabloids.

    Being at peace with yourself, accepting yourself, is the only way to understand what happiness can be. Otherwise, it's always fleeting and circumstantial. However, being in a good place with yourself, and add money to that, and you have a fine elixir.

    I'm good with having both.

  5. Rafini profile image72
    Rafiniposted 12 years ago

    I can be happy without money but money can't make me happy. 

    I choose happiness but struggle with the world telling me nothing is as important as money because money can buy anything.

    1. Misha profile image64
      Mishaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Not anything, mind you smile A lot, granted - but not anything, Happiness for example smile

      As for the original question - I think money can't make you happy, yet a certain amount helps most people, including myself. Probably there are those advanced souls who can be happy without money, but I did not meet any of them yet. smile

      1. Rafini profile image72
        Rafiniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        smile  there are some who believe money can buy anything - including happiness.  so far with each increase in the amount of money I make I've been less happy.  merely a coincidence?  or would it prove you can be happy without money?  I think it's a matter of perspective and what you choose to be happy about.

  6. rebekahELLE profile image84
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    what's money without happiness?  mere existence.

    as long as basic needs are met, money is seen as what it is.

    I think true happiness lies within.  smile

    and look how fast money disappears.

  7. _cheryl_ profile image83
    _cheryl_posted 12 years ago

    I agree with Cagsil. They are equally important. It's all relative. You can be poor with a positive attitude that opens the door for happiness in your world regardless of a difficult money situation, or you can be rich with a poor negative attitude never allowing any true happiness regardless of your wealth. It's when people put more emphasis on one or the other that gets them in trouble. Money vs. Happiness.... I think it's all about balance. Both can be attained and should be given equal amount of energy put towards it. smile

  8. kephrira profile image60
    kephriraposted 12 years ago

    The only reason to want money is if it makes you happy, so happiness must be more important.

    On the other hand, whilst money can't buy you happiness, as the saying goes, a lack of money can certainly make you unhappy.

  9. megs78 profile image62
    megs78posted 12 years ago

    Well, I would have to say that it is difficult to feel truly happy without money.  Just look at the stats with divorce.  Financial stress contributes hugely to the dissolution of marriages.  Of course we can be happy if our basic needs are met, and you are the kind of person who can budget for anything, but a little extra moolah never hurts either.

  10. profile image0
    DoorMattnomoreposted 12 years ago

    some money sure would make me happy right now.

  11. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 12 years ago


    It is dumb to pursue anything else in hopes that it will make you happy.  Pursue happiness directly.

  12. CYBERSUPE profile image61
    CYBERSUPEposted 12 years ago

    Money will not and can not buy you real happiness.

    1. Cagsil profile image76
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      And YOUR definition of "real" happiness is exclusive to you. wink

  13. Greek One profile image63
    Greek Oneposted 12 years ago

    Being 'Happy" is the end goal.. money at best is just a means to help you get there

  14. Ben Evans profile image68
    Ben Evansposted 12 years ago

    There is an old Eagles song that says:

    You can spend all your time making money
    You can spend all your love making time

    The actual answer is once you find happiness you are there.  I have spent all my time making money and chasing the dollar.  It did not make me happy.  I am not super wealthy by any means. The irony of it all.

    I will change the lyrics a little and say that I have spent a lot of my happiness making time.

    A person who is happy is surely reached the pinnacle in life.

  15. lxxy profile image60
    lxxyposted 12 years ago

    Being happy.

    Money is a means to an end. Once you discover what'll actually make you happy, there's a million ways to secure it without money, anyway. wink

  16. tonks21 profile image61
    tonks21posted 12 years ago

    i can make good money but i spend 10 hours a day doing it. that doesn't make me happy. spending time with my hubby and daughter is what truly makes me happy.

  17. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    There was a time in my life that I was spending money on 'stuff'...not thinking, just spending...I realize now, I was unhappy and would get some sort of 'high' for a moment...and really, only for a moment.  That phase or whatever it was is over now luckily. 

    Simple things make me happy they did before...I'm moving myself back to the simpler times.


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