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    Smile Money Can't Buy Happiness; Do You Agree?

    Some people say that money can't buy happiness. Well, there are certain things that money can't buy, but in some ways, money can provide happiness. Admit it or not, we all need money to live a normal life or a luxurious one. We work hard for it and I'm not a hypocrite to say that I don't want it. I believe that money can't buy happiness if you mean buying non-tangible things like love or a person to love you and care for you. What I believe is that money can buy things that can make people happy. For instance, if you buy your dad a car, for sure he'll be happy. If you bought your mom a house, she'll surely be thankful and happy, give your family a round trip all over the world I bet they would be so happy. Well you didn't literally bought happiness for your parents/family but you use that money to buy things that can make them happy

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    Money ≠ true happiness. I've never, ever, ever known, seen, or even heard of a wealthy person whose life ambition is seeking monetary riches one day go, "yeah, ya know? I think I'm good, [x] amount of dollars is enough for me."

    We all need money, but I like the ol' saying "the love of money is the root of all evil" because there's much truth to that. Not to go on an unrelated tangent-turned-rant, but it's one of the core reasons my country (U.S.) is so fucked right now and probably only going to get worse: avarice is as old as the hills, of course, and it's not exclusive to America, but here particularly ever since the 1980s, when the Boomers turned 180 degrees away from preceding generations' frugality towards the "greed is good/fuck everyone else I'm gonna' get mine" mentality, we've had frequent booms, bubble, burst, rinse, repeat cycles that only manage to kick the can, pass the buck, farther on down the line and royally fucking over succeeding generations.

    But economic ramifications aside, back to the basic topic: happiness. Are millionaires happy--or, perhaps a better word, content or satisfied--with that? Nope. They gotta' earn more...and it's a never-ending chain of, "If only I got [this amount], THEN I'd be happy." (This intense consumerism has put our economy on steroids, buuuut...when you're on a high, what happens when you come down? When you're flying high, what happens when you run out of fuel? When you're roarin' down the track, what happens when you reach the end of the line?)

    Average Joe: "If only I were a millionaire, then I'd be happy."

    Millionaire: "If only I were a multi-millionaire, then I'd be happy."

    Multi-millionaire: "If only I were a billionaire, then I'd be happy."

    And on, and on, and on.

    My subjective belief is there's nothing inherently wrong with buying nice things for yourself or someone and enjoying them, but don't rely on materialism for happiness. It's good to strive for more, in a general sense, but learning to be happy with where you're at and what you've got is some crazy stupidly simple yet deceptively difficult mental jujitsu that, once mastered, will give you peace of mind like you wouldn't believe...because remember, "the grass is always greener on the other side" no matter which side you're on.
    No one's gonna' give you a map. You've gotta' walk your own path.
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    Well it really depends on what makes you happy. Loving money isn't good, but you still need it. For me, I do not love money, but I do want to have lots of it. Yes, money can't buy happiness , but it pays the internet connection I am using and if I do have a lot, I can upgrade my PC into a gaming rig. Fill my fridge with tons of food and hire someone to cook, do the laundry, clean the house and manage my business, I would call that happy. So in that way, money helped me reach the kind of happiness that I want, but money alone won't really make you happy, it's what you do with it. Putting up an orphanage if I have a lot of money would really make me happy since it's one of the things I really want to do if ever I get filthy rich.

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    Mo money mo problems

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    I think it's a myth, or at least to a good extent. It's always working class or working-middle class people I see saying this. I suppose it might give them some solace and the belief that despite their low wages they're just as well off as those who are very wealthy. And don't get me wrong as I'm not insulting anybody for having that attitude. I come from a working class family and my parents have always had low-wage blue-collar jobs. When I actually read about the lives of those wealthy and those on YouTube as well I don't usually see them any more upset than working class people would be. Usually they're much happier, because while money itself doesn't buy us happiness it gives us the means to get what makes us happy.

    It's quite ironic really. There are lots of TV shows—pure fiction—that cover this kind of topic. I remember watching one when I was a teenager. Of course, it was a common plot: family wins the lottery and soon after becomes miserable. There's a difference though. Those who gain a very large sum of money from a lottery will have their lives changed drastically instantly. On the other hand, those who earn their fortune are more likely to be much happier with it. When I said it's ironic, I meant how these shows that almost shame the wealthy are usually bought by the poor, yet watching these is fattening people's wallets. It's funny.

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    Yes and no.

    If you want to live a comfortable life style and juggle bills/mortages/school fees etc. the only way to do that is with money. If you can get a good income going, then you wont have to be super concerned about getting decent food without having to sacrifice other expenses, don't have to worry about not having enough to support your loved ones or just to be able to enjoy certain things in life. Some of the best things in life aren't free.

    With that being said, money can make people do crazy things. Hitting it big isn't enough. They want more so they can do ridiculous shit like owning castles, owning private islands, bringing in your personal chef to a restaurant to make you food that the establishment doesn't serve among other stuff. They go so hogwild with it that they just think about themselves, the poor be damned. Further more, it can lead to some unsavory circumstances. Just take a look at some of the folks who win the lottery. It's not uncommon to hear them getting family members or others who didn't care for them out of the blue acting friendly towards them or they blow their money without any thought and they go back to square one. And this is something that can happen to me, to the people who come to this board or anyone on this planet. It's easy to laugh at these stories and think "I would never do that.". We'd like to think we know better but saying it is one thing but not actually giving into temptation is another when the big bucks is given to you.

    Basically, it comes down to discipline. It's OK to strive to make more money to want a better life but there comes a point where you need to appreciate and enjoy the things that you do have.

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    I like the saying "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy you the misery you prefer!" The truth of the matter is that even though money is not the route to happiness, poverty isn't the route to happiness either, and take it from someone who knows - I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better! I think that people need to stop thinking of money as money but rather as a means to enhance our life experiences. If you're a good person, money will help you do more good on a grander scale. If you're a miserable person money will only serve to enhance your misery and so on.

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    That is so true, Tyrell. I've had times in my past where I've been broke, too and even though right now I wouldn't call myself 'rich' I feel that I'm hundreds of times better off than I was those days and I would never want to live like that again. Money isn't everything, but we do need it to live full and productive lives.

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    Money is like a vehicle. If you have enough of it, it can take you places.

    More life experiences, more enjoyment, more opportunities. So money CAN bring happiness.


    But of course, every vehicle needs a driver. That driver is you. Your decisions, regardless of what money you have, play a big role in your happiness or lack thereof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrell View Post
    I like the saying "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy you the misery you prefer!" The truth of the matter is that even though money is not the route to happiness, poverty isn't the route to happiness either, and take it from someone who knows - I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better! I think that people need to stop thinking of money as money but rather as a means to enhance our life experiences. If you're a good person, money will help you do more good on a grander scale. If you're a miserable person money will only serve to enhance your misery and so on.
    Well said! My man! LOL! I remember a friend of mine who has quite a lot than most of us who are close to him. He used to tell me that having problems is normal for both poor and rich, and he said "money won't solve problems, but at least I cry about my problems in my Ferrari."

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