Why are so many millionaires mean with there money and seem so unhappy all the time?
In my opinion it is because they are worrying more about their money then what matters. Money can't buy happiness, just small things to take up time.
I think that is a gross generalization. I've known several generous millionaires who are quite happy. I think you may be hanging out with the wrong millionaires.
Why are so many millionaires mean with there money?
Well, how do you think they became millionaires?
... and mean people can't be happy.
But I've met only a couple of very wealthy people who are like that. In general, I tend to agree with Rochelle.
I, too, go with Rochelle and Camlo. The only millionaires I know (owned the last one private one acre on Long Island, penthouse in Manhattan and a California cattle ranch) was also two (a married couple) of the nicest people I've known. Lots of fun, just down to earth people. Drove a 20 year old T-bird and an old beat up motorhome.
The simple answer to this question is it depends on the person, I know people without a penny to their name that are happy, and people who would complain if they hit the lottery. So money has little to do with weather a person is happy or not true happiness or nastiness comes from within the heart and soul not the wallet.
It has nothing to do with them being millionaires, it's their personality. They would just be as mean and unhappy if they weren't millionaires.
According to the IRS website there are 3.5 million--millionaires in the US. How many of them do you know, personally, that would allow you to make that kind of judgement. I suspect that all of us, regardless of where we are financially, have friends or family members who could fit your description. There is a lot of pain and suffering out there at all levels of society, especially, during these difficult times.
The millionaires i know are in England and i tend to agree with DStettler that they are more concerned with their money as to the things in life that are much more important.
It's great to have money because it allows us to fulfill our basic needs without the struggle. However, money is not a substitute for happiness because happiness comes from within. I know humans who are as poor as a mouse and are very happy, such as me for instance. I can be happy living in a mud hut. I decided many moons ago that I was going to be happy money or not. I don't mind eating rice and beans daily as long as I can smile. In response to your questions, not all millionaires are mean and unhappy. It depends on the person. In the end, anyone can be happy, rich or poor, it's all in the attitude.
I'm sorry you seem to have met some of the worst. Thomas Stanley, author of "The Millionaire Next Door," "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind," and "Stop Acting Rich," has done a lot of research on them since I think the mid-70's. He found that the greatest concentration of millionaires are plumbers that own their own business, buy used Ford Taurus's, and shop at Target. So, I'm just saying that you probably meet a lot of people everyday that you wouldn't guess are millionaires.
I think that money just gives a person more freedom to show who they really are. Those who are greedy and arrogant will flaunt it more and generous people will give more. I love what Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are doing. They've convinced a group of 40 billionaires (and counting) to give at least half of their net worth to charities of their choice.
I agree that many millionaires are mean and unhappy. But, I think more are generally happy, kind, and quietly generous - trying to avoid recognition for their giving. I hope you get to meet more of those.
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