If money cannot buy happiness, can you ever be truly happy with no money?
No, poverty is not a virtue.
Whether we like it or not at some point (we need money) for basic products and services, keeping a roof over our heads, food to eat, utilities, clothes on our back, medicines if needed and so on.
The only people who don't require money are locked up in prison.
All of the aforementioned items are provided by the government.
However in a "free society" money is a (tool) used to help provide comfort in our lives. I've yet to meet a homeless person who was "truly happy". Even people living paycheck to paycheck are unhappy!
No one celebrates having a life of "just getting by".
No poor nor impoverished person is ever happy. People who are poor &/or impoverished are living a life of constant & uphill struggle. They do not know when & if their basic needs will ever been satisfied. They are always on the lookout if they will become completely penurious & homeless.
Poor &/or impoverished people do not have the means to live a qualitative life. They have to do with inferior, substandard quality of food, clothing, health & medical care not only for themselves but for their families. They oftentimes have to go without the basics. Some have to depend upon charities, relatives, the government& other outside sources to keep them socioeconomically afloat.
Let me add, that poor &/or impoverished children will suffer the most. Such children live in conditions which will adversely impact them mentally, physically, emotionally, academically, & psychologically. They are more likely to be health impairments later in life.
The statement that money cannot buy happiness is a statement which is beyond ludicrous going into the utterly inane. This statement is fallacious & illogical in scope. Money does buy happiness. It is buys a better, qualitative life in terms of food, clothing, health, & medical care It means living a cultivated civilized life beyond the primitive rudiments. It affords one far more & better lifestyle options. It means more opportunities to develop & use one's human potential & to make a sizable contribution to the world. Money means financial independence which translates to other types of independence. When a person has no money, h/she exists at the behest of others.
If more rich commit suicide than poor then that kind of goes against your reasoning; doesn't it?
Who says that the more rich commit suicide? That is pure hyperbole. Don't believe everything you read. Rich people are happier than poor people. If poor people were happy, why do more of them commit crimes? Answer THAT.
I suppose Paris Hilton is happier than me? She has no idea what happiness is and no one does that thinks money can buy it. They usually find out in a very sad way. http://business.time.com/2012/11/08/why … eighborhoo
Thank you Express. The rich have no reason to commit suicide but the poor do-they have nothing to look forward to socioeconomically. There are also many pathologies associated w/ being poor. Why don't people see that?! YES, Ms. Hilton is happier!
Amen! So many issues, worries, and stresses occur when there is not enough money. These problems can manifest in so many detrimental ways, physical, mental, or both.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to ascertain that there are so many pathologies & dysfunctions relating to poverty. Poverty isn't a normal condition. It is a pathological condition. Abundance is normal, lack isn't!
The poor have something the rich never will; but then you wouldn't know anything about that.
They CERTAINLY DO- bad health, little/no life options/choices, dead end life, subpar housing, poor nutrition, stunted intellectual growth, diseases, crime, no medical/health care, & a very short life.Poverty does that to ya! Wouldn't want to be p
Of course not. Money affords you so many things that can immediately provide happiness or lead to happiness. I've always found that those who are poor and claim money doesn't buy happiness are simply mentally defeated in their attempts to gain it and take the "sour grapes" attitude, claiming they don't need it or want it because they haven't figured out a way to gain an abundance of it. And of few the rich people who say this, they are denying the happiness that having money affords them yet it's ironic that they NEVER would give it all away
Those who purport that money doesn't buy happiness come from wealthier backgrounds. They have the deluded dream that money corrupts; however, a poor person wants THAT AFFLUENCE! I have NEVER heard a poor person says that money doesn't buy happiness!
My experience has been totally opposite of yours. The vast majority of people who've told me money doesn't buy happiness are poor people who have resigned themselves to being poor, not making an effort towards earning abundance.
You can buy gratifications but not happiness. Big difference.
I disagree. Money affords many things & opportunities that provide or lead to happiness. When people get a job, start a business, or get paid they're happy with what they can do/buy with the money. Having money is some security, not pleasure.
Money INCREASES options & choices. More options & choices = MORE HAPPINESS. Having less money DECREASES options & choices. It is simple mathematics! Thank you Express for elucidating the point at hand!
Happy is fleeting. It comes and it goes just like most states of mind. Happiness as a status can change with conditions. Having money is a condition, yet it is only one. So, yes you can be happy because of having money with its power. Its inverse is also true. So, firstly what a person determines for the conditions to be Happy is a variable.
For instance right now I am happy and I am on fixed income. Yes, I have money, but realistically it is spent, so essentially I have not money. It belongs to someone or some entity. A paradox? A conundrum? Possibly is so. Could we then ask is it power that causes us to be happy and money is only a source for it? At least for this moment I am happy :-)
I think it is a true statement that money cannot buy happiness and since more rich commit suicide I think that proves the statement. Of course we must have money and so many possessions but not nearly as much as we have and perhaps these rich that choose death over being rich should try helping out the poor? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/0 … 02777.html
If you do not have enough money to provide for your basic needs, that will, obviously, interfere with your ability to be happy. Once you are able to afford food, clothing and shelter, additional income provides diminishing amounts of happiness. The ulta rich are not measurably happier than the middle class.
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