Does Money Buy Happiness?

You’d never want to rob my house. I’m being absolutely serious here. You could enter our front door, have a look around, see nothing you like, then go straight over to the house across the road. At least, that’s what my husband and I usually have a big laugh about. Our house isn’t flashy, not on the outside or on the inside. We don’t have comfortable leather seats from La-Z-Boy, we don’t have TVs so large they could almost blind your eyes, or extravagant clothes you’d see on a runway. But we are incredibly grateful for what we do have, and for what we can provide for our 3 children. The fact is, though, that money is a part of life and sometimes it’s hard to be happy with what you only have.

Struggling to make ends meet

I read an article on Huffington Post today that almost had me in tears. A woman had written in about how her financial situation had affected her personal and professional life; and what it meant for her husband and two children. She felt as though she’d failed as a parent, because she couldn’t afford to give her kids the life she wanted for them. This article really hit home for me; because despite how much our family saves, the money left over never seems to be enough.

Both our financial situations probably ring a bell for you. If you’re an American, you’ll know that the US economy is trying to get back on track after the Great Recession. And if you’re an Australian like me, you’ll know that an Australian recession is tipped to be just right around the corner.

All of us; no matter where we live, who we are, and whether we are raising a family – is doing it tough. As much as anyone tries to reduce the money spent on nights out, the luxuries they buy for themselves or their children, the types of recipes they are cooking – sometimes these changes alone are not enough.

This ends up leaving you feeling helpless, depressed, and stressed. It’s hard to keep a smile on your face when the bills continue to pour in and your stress levels go up even further.

Does money buy happiness?

It’s easy for a person to say, ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’, when they haven’t had to starve until their next meal, haven’t had to tell their children why it’ll be the same Monday night dinner for the sixth week in a row, when they don’t remember the last time they bought something for themselves, when their marriage isn’t suffering because of it.

Having enough money to fulfil our cost of living, does lessen the stress of everyday life. It takes the pressure off. It means you don’t have to spend almost every waking hour wondering what you’re going to do about your financial situation. It means smiling and genuinely feeling the emotion behind it.

Fact is, having money is a part of life and there is absolutely no denying it.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does make life a lot easier

But money alone does not guarantee happiness. It won’t keep you warm at night. It won’t make you feel less lonely. It won’t make you feel complete. It doesn’t fix all the other issues in your life.

And that is where the problem lies.

The media has brainwashed us into believing that you need the hottest car to be happy, that you need those $500 pair of shoes to look attractive, that your income alone reflects the value that you bring to society.

But that’s not true at all.

As much as money provides emotional and physical comfort, it doesn’t define our whole sense of ‘happiness’. It doesn’t make us feel good the way our accomplishments do, it doesn’t make us smile the way our family and friends do, it doesn’t give us purpose to life.

So rather than believing that money alone ‘buys’ happiness, think of it as a means of leading a happier life. It may be the source of your food and drink, but don’t let it take over your life. Don’t let the material objects that you purchase, define whether you are truly happy or not.

Money can bring so much good to your life. Just don’t let it rule every other aspect.


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SweetLady PoeticStoryteller
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nope

Maria La Selva Vogt
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Yes, it does. lol

NYC Talking
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Maria, I won’t argue that it definitely would have me living a little easier.

The way I look at it is, I’m gonna have the same emotional b.s that I carry now, so why not carry that, but not have to worry about money? LOL.

Maria La Selva Vogt
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EXACTLY. I have lived both with lots of money and without any. I can honestly say I was much much happier with money. Just sayin. 😉

Maria La Selva Vogt
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That being said. I understand that money can’t fix emotions. Well, maybe temporarily when you splurge on that massage or something. But no, it can’t make you less lonely or less hurt or whatever..but it is a great pacifier.

insidea_mm
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Does Money Buy Happiness? http://t.co/OET9ewTIXT #Family #Huffington #Marriage #Divorce

NYC Talking
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Agreed. Thuy makes some great points in the post, and I agree with it. But given the option of “Mentally jacked and broke”, or “Mentally jacked with money”, I think I will go with the latter. LOL.

Maria La Selva Vogt
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hahaha I’m right there with you!

Thuy Yau
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Haha great points, guys. Yes, it is easier to have emotional pain with money, than without. But true happiness cannot come from money alone. Happiness is derived from all different aspects of our lives.

NYC Talking
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I’m still waiting for that music career to kick in. Hey we gonna be facked up regardless, may as well do it in style. LOL. Give me my cheddar nikka….

Maria La Selva Vogt
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haha that is tooo funny! 😉

Thuy Yau
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Haha!

NYC Talking
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There’s a reason I’m up at 1am writing music, blog posts, and going through hundreds of beats in search of the next great stupid dance for the internet. LOL… A nikka wanna get paid.

Maria La Selva Vogt
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haha check out my daughter

Maria La Selva Vogt
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daughters latest dance song lol sorry hit enter by accident http://www.reverbnation.com/elenavogt/song/14546841-breathe-slow–dj-drewg-brian-cua

Maria La Selva Vogt
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Her song Taste of You on this playlist she wrote at 19 and it got picked by Heineken and Microsoft for some promotional stuff…pretty cool. Would love to hear yours too!

Thuy Yau
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I know what you mean, Angel. Money may not solve all our problems but it most certainly helps 🙂

NYC Talking
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As requested, I am checking out your daughter.

NYC Talking
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Uhm, I mean her new song. LOL…

Maria La Selva Vogt
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haha!

Thuy Yau
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Haha sure, Angel!

NYC Talking
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Sounds really good. Catchy tunes. That’s the key. Being catchy and infectious. I like the song selection. Maria, my work is on http://www.arod.org

Maria La Selva Vogt
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Awesome will check it out!

NYC Talking
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What are the odds that your daughter is in the music scene, and so am I, and we meet on a site about NYCTalking. LOL. Coincidence or more. Hmmmmm….. LOL…

NYC Talking
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By the way, a few people write for the site, but you are talking with Angel right now. 🙂

Maria La Selva Vogt
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Cool page…I went to it and clicked on play but my computer is being weird and is not playing the songs…I am going to keep trying!

Nelsy Ramos
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no

Maria La Selva Vogt
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great coincidence especially given the topic…Hi Angel, nice to meet you 😉

Maria La Selva Vogt
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I saved your page in my browser…I will go to it tomorrow and listen from another browser! Have a good night and may you wake up RICH, LOL

apsy202
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Does Money Buy Happiness? http://t.co/w2XbSOLkiM

apsy202
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RT @insidea_mm: Does Money Buy Happiness? http://t.co/OET9ewTIXT #Family #Huffington #Marriage #Divorce

NYC Talking
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Everyday we wake up again, we wake up rich. 🙂 Word.

Thuy Yau
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Haha what about me, Maria! I never said money didn’t buy a little happiness :p

Maria La Selva Vogt
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hey I like that. Good saying. 😉 Peace.

apsy202
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I don’t think so, Thuy. RT @insidea_mm: Does Money Buy Happiness? http://t.co/w2XbSOLkiM #Family #Huffington #Marriage #Divorce

Olivia Villa Young
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it doesnt buy happiness but it does buy alot of shit to make you comfortable

Phil
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Terrific post. Money does not buy happiness, but it does ensure a way to attain much of it. There is a saying that goes “whoever said money does not buy happiness is shopping in the wrong store”. I do believe that is partially true. I have been on the end when totally broke, and now on the end making a good salary. Yes, I am happier with money. Yet, I have never been one to buy based on trends and labels. I don’t let it define me. Live life to the fullest and don’t worry about buying expensive things. Friends… Read more »

Thuy Yau
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Excellent comment, Phil. I agree, when we have more money, other parts of our lives do benefit in a positive way. It’s just a matter of realising that money itself will not fix all our problems and it won’t always keep us feeling happy forever. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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