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can money buy happiness?

  1. PeterCastle profile image64
    PeterCastleposted 7 years ago

    can money buy happiness?

    Can you buy happiness? Or happiness is something you can not buy. if it is , so how can we be happy?

  2. kiepleloi profile image59
    kiepleloiposted 7 years ago

    Money can't buy happiness but it can give us feelings that we considered happiness. Happiness cannot be bought because it is only achieve and not be bought. People tend to be less happier because money tend to bring out the greed and selfishness. Sure money can get them anything they want but it can last forever. Someone who works for their money will often be happier that someone who has money that they didn't earn.

  3. Goodpal profile image91
    Goodpalposted 7 years ago

    Thanks for a very good question.

    Money can only provide you physical comforts, assuming one is not misusing it for things like drugs or wasting it away stupidly. Happiness has more to do with your attitude, degree of contentment, fulfillment of desire (the lesser the better!), etc.

    You can be really happy (and fortunate) if you have good enough physical comforts, no pressing worries, there are trustworthy and good people around you, and have good health.

    Ironically, even if you all these things but if you are a mere slave or prisoner of your habits and desires, then I would strongly pray that god blesses you! If you are in control of your emotions, desires, and needs, you can be happy even in a prison!! Check this out:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Meditation-in-P … to-Freedom

  4. Tatjana-Mihaela profile image61
    Tatjana-Mihaelaposted 7 years ago

    Let us be realistic - it certainly can, especially to the people who used to be in financial worries and depressed because of them.

    Of course, you cannot simply go to the store and "buy happiness", but with money you can buy decent home, decent food, invest it in decent goals that can make you feel very content and happy in the long term.

    While living with very little money or in deep poverty one constantly feels deep insecurity, although can be also sometimes happy in spite of that insecurity.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

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  5. Weepraxis-SEO profile image56
    Weepraxis-SEOposted 7 years ago

    Maybe no dear , you couldn't happiness with money  because this is one feeling and everybody know that feel could not earn by money ......

    Thanks Weepraxis...

  6. micahjoy profile image56
    micahjoyposted 7 years ago

    Nope. Happiness is a state of being.  You can choose to be happy every day, every moment.

    Money certainly can aleviate financial worries that can make it difficult to "choose happiness"... but if the bills are paid and there's food on the table and you are still not happy... nothing else you can physically buy is ever going to change your state of mind.

    Its sad how we like to blame our happiness (or lack of happiness) on things we have or don't have. When you truly want to be happy, you will be.

  7. Billrrrr profile image83
    Billrrrrposted 7 years ago

    I wonder who is happier.  The rich man with several houses, half a dozen cars, the finest clothing  and  millions in the bank

    or the poor woman in a country like Haiti, who literally has to mix dirt in with her food as an extender, so there will be enough to go around for her family.

    Ask your question of that woman.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I would choose A as any logical, intelligent person would.  Only an illogical person would say that money doesn't buy happiness. NEXT!

  8. strawberryhill profile image54
    strawberryhillposted 7 years ago

    Once you've gone beyond the basics of home, food and a little entertainment (+a little saved for peace of mind) the chasing of the eternal dollar probably is a trade off from that tipping point.  There are obviously exceptions to the rule if you find something you absolutely love doing....so if anyone needs a sports car test driver - drop me a line!

  9. Vinodkpillai profile image79
    Vinodkpillaiposted 7 years ago

    Money cannot buy happiness in the way we buy groceries but obviously that is not what you had in mind when you framed the question.
    Insufficient money can definitely cause unhappiness by  depriving you of essentials or restricting options. Similarly money can ensure fulfillment of some desires or facilitate achievement of goals and thereby generate a feeling of happiness.
    The crucial point is that happiness is a state of mind that has no direct relationship with money. There are people with little or no money of their own who are happy and there are many wealthy people whose wealth fails to get them to a steady state of happiness.

  10. profile image52
    beach88bum70posted 7 years ago

    As for my belief, no money can not buy you happiness.  Yes having money can make your life easier is some aspects but we all have problems, issues, concerns, worries, etc whether we have money or not.  Money can buy you all your wishes and wants but it can not give you happiness.  Only that comes from within.

  11. C.A. Johnson profile image71
    C.A. Johnsonposted 7 years ago

    Money cannot buy happiness but it sure can make the road easier.

    True happiness starts with you and then the rest will follow.

  12. profile image0
    David99999posted 7 years ago

    The short answer is...No.  Though a certain minimum of economic resource is necessary to sustain oneself, money - alone - cannot buy happiness.  Happiness is the result of ones comfort regarding ones environment.  People make a huge difference.

  13. RealHousewife profile image77
    RealHousewifeposted 7 years ago

    I have been both - dirt poor - and now I am quite comfortable.  I was happy then and am happier now, I do admit (I don't have to worry about paying bills, I can go on vacations, shop, etc) and that makes me happy.
    When I was poor - and a single mom - I took my child to the zoo, to the parks, to the toy museum, on hikes through the katy trail - all of which were free.  We had a great time!  We were happy and she never realized we were poor.
    So its two fold - you have to find happiness and if money makes you happy go make some.  As they say - if life gives you lemons, make lemonade - then sell it:)

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      MONEY does MATTER for without it, one must take the CRUMBS of life.

  14. Darknlovely3436 profile image81
    Darknlovely3436posted 7 years ago

    yes money can buy some happiness, for those who believe it could...

  15. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago


    Of course, money and lot$ of it buy happiness.  With money, there are MORE and BETTER choices in terms of life and lifestyle.  With money, one can afford better quality food, better quality of healthcare, better quality of education for his/her children, better quality of neighborhood and housing, and better quality of eldercare for one's parents and for one's self when one becomes old.  Having money and lot$ of it means and is translatable to a higher quality of life without constant worry, struggle, and want.

    To say that money can't/doesn't buy happiness is a straw man's arguments full of fallaciousness and utter stupidity at its utmost.  Anyone foolish enough to state that money does not buy happiness should be mandated to be homeless on the streets for six months and he/she will realize that the statement made was pure idiocy.  He/she will realize that one needs money and lot$ of it to live a human and civilized existence.  In fact, the more money, the happier the person is.   In fact, the average person is 1 to 1.5 paycheck away from homelessness if he/she lose his/her job.   A wise and intelligent person who has economic savvy and foresight realizes that money is the be and end all of happiness and a high standard/quality of life.