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Money Can Not Buy Happiness

A lot of people think that being rich will make them happy. The most obvious and biggest advantage of being rich is not needing a job. Yet, the few rich people that I know, that are jobless, are still not happy… at least not openly happy. Even if they are happy, it is not because their money made them happy.

Sure, there are a lot of people who enjoy earning money, yet they might not have much money or not be happy with their money that they already earned. I have a particular greedy friend who fits this description perfectly. I noticed that these types of people have much more satisfaction talking about how much money they earned, overtime hours collected, or money saved; rather than just being happy with their money. As a result, I think that the happiness from greed of wealth is very temporary, because greedy people can never have enough money.

There are other types of people who are very materialistic. I have several friends that continuously buy new toys (such as a new car, computer, camera, electronics, etc.) and lavish entertainment expenses (such as vacations, dinner at expensive restaurants, etc.) way more often than their actual needs or long term affordability. These people always appear to thoroughly enjoy their new toys yet continuously have little or no savings. Unfortunately, their new toys quickly become not so new any more, and a new toy is needed to feel temporarily happy again. In actuality, this is more of a distraction from the really important things in life, and not true happiness or contentment.

Therefore, money can not buy happiness. True happiness is what people do with their life, their family, their friends, and everyone’s health. Money is a means to do more and live longer, yet quantity is seldom better than quality.

Money can buy many things. It can buy toys, entertainment, security, peace of mind, status, pride, and medicine. However, none of these things will give happiness. Money can not buy happiness.

by Phil for Humanity
on 03/15/2007

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