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Do you think money can buy happiness?”

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  • I would like to try! When we were younger we used to make fun of the 'nouveau riche'-- now we would just like the chance to try it ourselves.

    My husband and I have been through so much together, and there have been times when we have had absolutely no money and, worse, the time the economy crashed and we lost all of our life savings. We've been through scary illnesses and family deaths. We are very happy together. Now that things have eased up a bit and we have some money, it is just icing on the cake. We are so grateful to have each other.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KatieK on 21st August 2007

  • Money can't make you happy, but lack of money - serious, severe, REAL lack of money, not the inability to have a luxury or two - can make you miserable. Money buys freedom from the constant, grinding worry of 'will I make the mortgage next month?', 'will I have housing next month?' 'how can the kids possibly go to university?', 'if I can't pay all the bills, which can I let go for this month?'

    Money buys ease. Money buys freedom from worry. All of which contribute to potential happiness in a big way.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 8th August 2007

  • I don't know if money can by true happiness, because some people will be miserable to no matter how much money they have. On the other hand, the lack of money is certainly a source of stress and unhappiness in many families...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kristie McNealy on 1st August 2007

  • I'm not sure that my answer here will add much new to the discussion, but money is a tool. It changes your life situation, which may change how you look at the world, how you relate to others, and what you value - but it's the SITUATION that changed, and you changed with it. Money is just the tool that brought about that change. It has no inherent value - its value is based on what you can do with it. And it literally can't buy anything that has no price, so it can't buy a commodity called "happiness." But you can use it in ways that will help you be happy; you just have to know for yourself what those ways are.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Florinda Pendley Vasquez on 1st August 2007

  • I think money can buy you time.When you work 80 hours a week and still can't make ends meet.. its hard to find time to be happy. If you have to choose between fooding your kids or paying the power bill, its hard to be happy.

    I think having enough money can help you make room for happy. But being able to recognize what "enough" really means, is important.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Trudi Evans on 1st August 2007

  • I think so a large extent that money CAN buy happiness. Most of the small joys that we are talking about-- time with our families, true love, watching our children grow-- are luxuries that we have because we don't have to work three jobs or because we have good educations and can get jobs that don't wear us out and take us away from our families all the time. I think there is a privilege that comes with living above the poverty line that brings happiness that most of us are persistently unaware of-- so yes, I think money CAN bring happiness. Or at least set the ducks in a row so that people are ABLE to chase happiness. It's a very Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs kind of thing.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jen Creer on 1st August 2007

  • You know, I think about this a lot. I grew up in a country where nobody had any money then came to America, where the disparity of incomes is huge. I think a lot of issues and unhappiness that people attribute to money is really about comparing yourself to people around you.

    I've read a bunch of research about things that make people happy - friends, relationships, satisfying jobs always come up, money does not. I think I read somewhere that after $40k in income, money does not really contribute to happiness factor in a significant way. That makes sense to me.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 1st August 2007

  • Money can't buy true happiness. Not the jaw dropping ache I feel at the thought of my children going to school soon. Not the flutters of true love, or the firmness of long term love.

    But money could make things easier.

    Most couples argue about one thing-the ever loving dollar. We don't have this, we need that, you spent what on this ugly thing? It's the one constant, the one thing that many of us don't have enough of. But it's not an end all and be all.

    Currently, i work full time and my husband part time, and together we still likely make less than many of you here make on your own in a year. But we're happy. We have eachother. Would we love to have a spare million or ten around? Um, YES. It would mean travelling with our children, a life free of mortgages and concerns about the cost of groceries. It would mean I could have that organic herb farm and all those tattoos I want. But it wouldn't make us better PEOPLE. It might even make us worse.

    I'll take my thrift store chic life for now. In the long run, it's so much less stressful.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Thordora on 31st July 2007