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Does Being Rich Make You A Happier Person

Updated on December 3, 2012






First, I must tell you I am not rich by any means, but does being rich make you a happier person? There are so many people in our world that are rich, but do you think they are truly happy with there lives?

Many of us are rich in others ways, such as being in love with that one special person in your life. Something such as being in true love is worth more than any amount of money to me. To have someone love you the way you love them is the richness so many people have and that includes myself and my wife. Rich in love I call it. Others may think differently, but as for me I am happy just chugging along in life and trying to be a happy person.

As we all know, money is not everything. I know plenty of rich people and a majority of them are not the happiest people in the world. Why is that you may ask? There seems to be something missing in their life. Although they have financial security and all the money in the world, that one thing is still missing. If I ask them what is wrong, they seem to not have a answer. Something lies deep within that they can't really explain or doesn't want to explain.

I think, and maybe I am wrong, but what could a person so rich want or need that they don't already have in their life? They have plenty of money, but still very unhappy. They continue to make more money and then more money. You can only spend so much and buy only so many things and sooner or later there is nothing else that you can buy except to upgrade what you already have.

No one that is rich can take that money with you when you die. The upside is that their families will benefit from his/her achievements and richness, although that is not a good thing either. The reason being, if you were left tons of money from your parents and you are still young, the child or children will not grow and develop the way they should. What I mean by that is that they will not know how to work for a living as we all do because they were handed their money out of the goodness of others and won't learn responsibility in their life. Things become too easy for them and in my personal opinion that is not a good thing.

A sadder thing is that those children that inherit financial security may blow the hard earned money that was left to them within a few years and wind up with nothing if they are not careful.

PLEASE don't get me wrong. I am not downing any one that is rich. I look up to them for their achievements in life. I am not felling sorry for myself because I am not rich. They worked hard to get where they are and to have financial security. Years ago I wished that I were rich, but now being older I have found even if I were rich I wouldn't be any happier than I am now, in fact I might be very unhappy. That sounds odd to say, but in my case I believe it would be true and many other people may think the same. If you have everything in life and all the finest of things money can buy what is there to look forward to in your future years, besides making more money?

Life to me is about being happy, loving others, helping others and just enjoying life in general. It does't cost any money to smile, laugh or just be a happy person.

The point I am trying to make here is that you don't need to be rich in order to be a happy person. Being rich is wonderful to those that are, but if you ask a rich person what their life is like having so much money, they just may say to you, " I am rich , but not a happy person even though I am rich."




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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      herman- Thank you for your comment and you really hit the nail on the head in many ways. Like- you will become destructive, you wont be challenging yourself, socializing meeting NEW people that count.. you will be wondering who your real friends are. All that is so true. As long as we have our families and are healthy that is worth more than any money in the world.

      Thanks again !

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      5 years ago

      Most Certainly not. money buys you cars, houses , clothes and fake friends, and false family and betrayal, it is certainly the route od all evil.. anyone that tells you money buys happiness is seriously unhappy and does not have a clue how to be happy and what happiness is.. Money is good, because it can mean we don't have to struggle in a world that NEEDS money.. but it doesn't buy you happiness... for example if you were rich and didn't have to work, that sounds great... and it is for a year or 2, they you willl become bored, you will lose imagination, you will become detructive, you wont be challenging yourself, socialising meeting NEW people that count.. you will be wondering who your real friends are.. you will be wondering if the one you fall in love with only wants your money.. plus what is 1 billion dollars if you are ill and unhealthy, or depressed and unhappy!! don't let ANYBODY tell you money buys happiness, it does for a short period and it is not real happiness.. anyone that tells you money buys happiness either doesn't have a heart.. or are seriously unhappy people deep down... it is a lie.. people think about things like, holidays, and big house, nice cars,, that doesn't buy happiness, people imagine it will because they haven't got a big house and think, if i had a big house i will be happy.. but if you are rich a big house means nothing,, and you will be unhappy with your currrent big house and want a EVEN BIGGER ONE.... which = you being unhappy...

      genuine happiness is from within, it is having and sharing life experiences with friends and family, it is challenging yourself and becoming a better person, it is doing nice things for others, loving people and living life as God intended.. that is TRUE happiness... anyone that tells you otherwise haven't got a CLUE... believe me.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Sanxuary Thanks for reading and your comment. Happy Holidays to you.

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      6 years ago

      I do not think happier is the question we should be asking. A socio path for example is happy when they manipulate people and with no conscience you can be happy with just about anything at the moment. The question is, does money make you a better person and does it improve your life. If you buy the right tools to become a better person and it makes you sufficient then you have spent your money wisely. If you spend it on creating sanctuary for you, your family and the places you go, it well be well invested. When you die you can take that with you because your money will not be leaving Earth, ask the Pharaoh.

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      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Kelly - Hello my friend!! Thank you for your comment! i too have had the same life as you, meaning I worked very hard for what I (we) have and nothing has ever been handed to me. I started my work career at age 13, picking string beans for $.80 per bushel basket and have not stopped working since Very interesting what you said about bankruptcy and divorce. Now that you have said that I know some that this has happened. Yes they blame each other for their hardships. I glad you are doing well Kelly with your business. Money is nice to have BUT I rather have my health and happiness living here at the Jersey Shore. That is worth more than any thing money can buy :) God Bless you and yours Kelly!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm not rich but I'm very comfortable, lets say. It makes me happy and yes I worked very hard for it.

      One difference may be that I did NOT inherit a penny. I even paid for my own college! Second is my husband and I made it together as a team. We were poor together and rich in love you could say. Neither of us came from back grounds where anything was given to us. We had to work for our possessions.

      Here's the thing that interests me about this topic our business we run reports for banks re: financial history and credit history. After more than 20,000 files here is one HUGE common factor. When you see a married couple file for bankruptcy you will usually see a divorce that precedes it or directly follows it. I swear almost every time.

      I pointed it out to my husband and he noticed it too!

      Our theory is that once the money runs out people ditch each other. The finger of blame starts working I guess!

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      jini nelushi desi 

      6 years ago

      i agree with you.because my parents are very rich and i am still living with them.i have everything i need and want,but i don't have happiness and freedom.some people thinks being rich means perfect but life is not perfect.i know it because i am from a rich day i want to have a normal life.because i am sick of been rich

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      tipstoretireearly Thanks for reading and your comment.You are so right. Many people just don't how to relax and live simple. Trust me I don't have lots of money, in fact I live in a double wide mobile home in a 55+ community and that beach and those chairs are right up the street from me for my wife and I to enjoy. My days of painting that cottage are over and just living a simple life and being happy :)

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      6 years ago from New York

      Sitting in those chairs overlooking the ocean looks wonderful! Nice that you and your wife have your priorities in order.

      Now, I imagine it does take some money to be sitting in those chairs, so having some money makes it easier to be happy. On the other hand, many rich people would also own a big cottage behind those sand dunes, in which case they'd spend their time painting that cottage instead of sitting in those chairs. So I guess the key is to have enough money to enjoy sitting in those chairs, but not so much that you're too busy painting the cottage.

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      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Crazy Mags, Thank you for reading and your comment. I do feel that money makes thing easier in live, such as vacations, new carsetc. but when wqe really sit down and think about it those things are tempary such as the vacation and the car will wear out sooner or later, but as you said to have true happiness and love in your heart will never go away.It is something that no money in the world can give us. Thank you and nice to have met you as well.

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      Crazy Mags 

      6 years ago

      I am not rich. I admit that I do wish I were rich and actually say in my profile that I dream of winning the lottery. (I say that party in jest because I do not buy lottery tickets regularly.) In my opinion, having financial wealth and security would bring some comfort and security -- fewer worries about how ends will be met-- and provide time to travel and experience life and even engage in philanthropy. But, ultimately, I agree with you. Money cannot make someone truly happy. Material goods, including money, only bring short term feelings of happiness. True happiness has to come from within and is founded in love, faith and peace with oneself. Just my opinion.... :-)


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