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So You Thought That Money Can Buy Everything --Think Again

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Self improvement is an ongoing process throughout the journey of life. Chitrangada likes to share her beliefs and experiences to help others

Money is important but it cannot buy cordial relationships.
Money is important but it cannot buy cordial relationships. | Source

Money Is Important In Life~~But Can It Buy Everything!

© Chitrangada Sharan, October 2015

All Rights Reserved.

  • An interesting debate was going on among a group of young friends while I was travelling in the Delhi Metro.
  • Fresh graduates just out of their college and in search of jobs with so many dreams in their mind and some experience of life, which 'they' thought was 'lot of experience.'
  • The subject of discussion was of course, how to earn big--big amount of salary and be wealthy and happy.'
  • With no offence to the young minds, it made me think---'Why don't they understand that money cannot buy everything?'
  • It is only when we reach a certain age, like mine that we realize that the whole of life has been spent upon earning money, more money and spending even more money than we have earned.
  • But perhaps happiness is still far away from us.

Money can't buy happiness
Money can't buy happiness | Source

Money Can Provide Security But That Is No Guarantee For Happiness!

When I say this that does not mean, one should not make effort to earn lot of money.

After all who wants to be poor!

Poverty is a curse and no one should be deprived of the basic necessities of life that is food, shelter and clothing.

Many World leaders and celebrities have grown up in poor households with great hardships. But given a choice, would they want to go back to their past life experiences?

Obviously not!

Many people who are financially sound today have worked hard to achieve whatever success they have to accumulate money. But the main purpose of life should not be to accumulate money.

We should have enough money needed for our survival.

Can money buy happiness?
Can money buy happiness? | Source

There Are Certain Things That Money Cannot Buy:

♣ Love And Affection:


Have you heard of some old folk stories where a king lived in a grand, majestic palace but was so lonely, because there were no loved ones to shower love and affection to him.

These stories are not uncommon even today. I have seen both young and old alike longing for that affectionate hug, a supporting pat on the back from a loved one.

They may be living in big magnificent bungalows and expensive houses but they may be deprived of the love and affection of some close family or friends.

Can money provide them these pleasures of life?

♣ Mental Peace and Emotional Calmness:

Peace is something that cannot be bought by money.

Peace can be cultivated through your own effort, through your own thought process.

We must accept the good and the bad happenings of our lives and think in a positive way and that is the only way to achieve mental peace and emotional stability.

We may spend vast amount of money as individuals and organisations in the name of “peace”. But there is no evidence that these vast sums of money have been able to achieve “peace."

Can money buy time?
Can money buy time? | Source

Money Cannot Buy Time!

♣ Time:

How many times have you wished, 'I wish I had more time!:

The countdown of our life begins from the moment we are born.

Can money change this ?

Can we buy some more days to live?

Can we turn the clock backwards to change some of the unpleasant moments of our life?

No, we cannot do any of these things even if we were millionaires.

No amount of money can extend life in spite of so many advanced medical treatments and discoveries.

The richest people may spend countless amount of money for their health issues but they can only delay and not avoid the end of life.

You cannot buy everything by money!

Health And Prevention From Disease:

We often say that "Health is wealth"!

This implies that we must maintain and take care of our natural health by means of healthy lifestyle, proper and healthy food and adequate physical activities, exercises and Yoga so that we do not fall ill or suffer from diseases.

While it is true that it is the money that can buy expensive medicines, healthcare or health insurance, it cannot replace natural good health.

Remember natural healthcare does not cost you anything!

♣ Intelligence and Knowledge and Talent:


There are many examples of great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and learned men who were not rich enough to pursue even their studies. But they had the talent and earned further knowledge with whatever means they had. In this way they set examples for mankind.

Spending money on education is important and parents do their best to educate their children. But the information that the children accumulate, the elements of their intelligence and their wisdom cannot be purchased with money.

The abilities that we possess in our mind and body may be called natural talent. Money can certainly help to develop or fine tune a talent, it cannot buy a talent.

Some people are born with certain skills and some can be nurtured but skills cannot be bought with money.

Money cannot buy everything
Money cannot buy everything | Source

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To Sum up this discussion:

  • Many might disagree with the above discussion that money cannot buy everything.
  • Even I believe that money is important and we must have enough money to live a comfortable life.
  • We must understand that while money can help you buy a house but you yourself can make it a happy home with your love and care for all your loved ones.
  • It is your behaviour in that house that can build strong and affectionate relationships to last for a lifetime.
  • Similarly money can buy a clock for you but you have to learn time management and be organised in your life.
  • We must value time and fulfil our Worldly responsibilities to attain mental peace and a feeling of satisfaction that cannot be bought with money.
  • We must keep in mind that we are not here forever.
  • We can buy books but we have to work hard to earn knowledge and education so that later on you are able to achieve a position and respect for yourself and be useful to the society.
  • Therefore money is necessary to make us happy, to feel safe and secure financially but it is not everything one should desire for.

© Chitrangada Sharan, 30th October, 2015

All Rights Reserved.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Thelma, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article!

      I am glad you liked the subject and the content of this hub. You are right, being rich and famous doesn’t mean they are happy.

      Thanks again!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 months ago from Germany

      So true. We heard about those rich and famous people who commited suicide. They had everything except happiness in life. Money is not everything in life indeed.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Dianna for your wonderful comments!

      I agree with your last line and this thought comes to many in the later phase of life.

      Many thanks for appreciation and your continued support. Have a blessed day!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      12 months ago

      Wise words on the money attitude. You cannot buy peace and happiness with it, although some would argue differently. In the end, how we lived our purpose to help others is what matters. Blessings, dear lady!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Peg for reading and commenting on this article!

      I am glad you agree with the thoughts mentioned in this hub.

      Appreciate your kind visit and wise words.

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      Peg Cole 

      12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      All these are good points that we learn with maturity and age if we pay attention. Money can't buy happiness, that's so true. And money sure can't buy love. It can't buy us more time when our life is over.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Rajan Ji for reading and commenting!

      I agree with your views. It's important to be happy and keep others happy. To be content and satisfied can lead to happiness! The sooner we realise this the better.

      Thank You!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      16 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very true. Materialism is having a field day today but being healthy, having peace of mind, a loving family and good friends is more important than lots of money which sadly can't buy you these.

      Unfortunately, for many this realization comes after a lot has been lost.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rajan ji, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I am glad you found it useful. I agree with your opinion.

      Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You are very right. Money can never buy peace, time ,health and a lot many other things. True, it is important to have enough to deal with one's needs but should not be thought of as the be all and end all of everything.

      Useful hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you word55, for your kind words of appreciation! Glad you liked the hub!

      God bless you and have a great day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MarleneB, for your kind words of wisdom! I agree with you that those who have love and happiness in their lives are the richest persons.

      Glad you liked the message! Thanks and have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you vespawoolf, for your kind visit and valuable comments! Glad you liked the hub.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      2 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent hub CS! Thank you!

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I absolutely agree with you. While money can buy a lot of things, it can't buy the things that people want and desire the most, like love and happiness.

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      vespawoolf 

      2 years ago from Peru, South America

      It's true that we need miney to live, but money dosn't buy happiness. Thank you for this reminder!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peggy W, for your kind visit and appreciation! Your comments say it all . Well said! Thanks and have a good day!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Once basic necessities are met plus a little for insurance...life is so much more than just focusing on making money. The older I get the more I realize that the best memories often have little to do with money. You did a good job with handling this subject.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MsDora, for reading and sharing your valuable opinion! I am glad you liked the subject of this hub.

      Sometimes people living in expensive homes with huge bank balance are the most depressed people while those not so fortunate to have all the luxuries of life are the happy ones.

      Thank you again for commenting!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      So true! We need to be reminded of this quite often because we tend to get distracted from the things that really matter and run after things that we can show off. Your article shows that sometimes what's in the wallet is useless.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Deb!

      What a wonderful positive comment! Being grateful for the life is most important . And to think what more can we contribute on our part, to the society is even more important.

      Thank you for reading this hub and sharing your thoughts. Have a great day!

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have a place to live, food, clothing, and my health. I require nothing more. My wealth and joys are in nature, teaching others about same, and I reap the bounty of this. Through teaching, the Keystone XL will not come through the area, at least in this administration. Much has also been fostered in the wildlife arenas, and people are gaining wisdom daily. There is still much to be done, and we are certainly on our way. For being a part of this, I am most grateful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you manatita, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

      I am glad you liked the hub. As you say it, there is no end to desires.

      Have a great day!

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Yes, Chitrangada, there is no end to desires, and one attempts to use money to buy everything. Until we begin to speak of Yoga philosophy, that is. The school for this invaluable course is different and can only be reached with inner longing.

      Nice Hub and your approach to creating awareness. Have a great weekend.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for your insightful comments!

      Going by your writings, I am sure you truly understand and agree with the subject matter of this hub.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes I think that I am as happy as I can be. Then my wife tells me to get to work because she isn't. LoL Wonderful article of a absolute truth.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Missy Smith, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I am glad you liked the hub.

      And thank you for adding your valuable opinion with regard to this topic.

      Have a good day!

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      You are right Chitrangada, it is with time that we learn these lessons. I think most of us do, anyway. Some still remain greedy sadly, but if you mature the right way, your brain matures along with you, right?

      This was a very good article, and made many valid points. Good Job!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachari ji, for your kind comments!

      You are so right that it is the human values that make us happy and content. Money is important for the needs of life but it cannot buy happiness and pleasures of life.

      Thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dana Tate, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Wise words from you on this subject. When I read about certain list about the 'World's richest persons' and lists similar to that, I wonder how do they manage! In any case no one is going to carry all the money when we leave this World. Better to do something for the needy and poor, if we have surplus and that sure will make us happy and peaceful.

      Thank you so much for your support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you PAINTDRIPS, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

      My views are very much similar to yours. I want to have only that much that I can manage and handle.

      Thank you again and have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for sharing your thoughts!

      I agree that money is a necessity and we do need money to lead a respectable life. But we should avoid obsession of money.

      Thank you for your comment and support as always.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Your writings express your experiences quite effectively and I believe those who have been at both ends, value money like no one else.

      Thanks for your kind words of appreciation and support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Buildreps, for your kind visit and valuable thoughts!

      I completely agree with you that education is the basic necessity of life to attain consciousness and understand who we really are and what is the purpose of life. And that is why we need money. Money is good till it is 'need' but it should not become 'want' or 'desire.'

      Loved your quote as well. Thank you so much for commenting!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for reading and commenting on this hub! Glad you liked the subject and the message. As you say money can make life easier but cannot ensure happiness.

      Thank you for your constant support!

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very much informative and educative article. Money is important in life, but it can not be everything for your goals. There are so many more important values and relationships of life which should be treasured also.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful message.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      We are taught to chase money from the time we are old enough to understand the value of it. We don't know the truth that sometimes more money brings more problems. Money is a wonderful thing to have; but it can be burdensome if there is no wisdom behind it.

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      Denise McGill 

      2 years ago from Fresno CA

      I have found when we had more we worried more, had more bills to pay and hustled more to keep it all together. Now we have less and worry less and are free to stroll through our day. I'm happier. Thanks.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Money is a necessity and I always state that money can't buy love, happiness and health. A well-thought of hub.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've been on both ends of the financial spectrum and I know without a doubt I was happier when I didn't have money. Wonderful words here, my friend, and great truths.

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      Buildreps 

      2 years ago from Europe

      Nicely written article on this issue. Money cannot buy everything. Anyone who claims otherwise is in a state of absolute unconsciousness. You stated it perfectly that we afterall only need food (and water), shelter and clothing. I would like to add education. Everything on top of that won't really contribute to consciousness of what we really are, and why we are here. Like Teilhard du Chardin said so perfectly: "We are no human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful hub, with a very important message. Money does make life easier but it doesn't ensure happiness and can't buy immortality. Love the videos too. Thanks for sharing.

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