Ask For Advice
Page 1 of 8 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 78

Thread: Money = Happiness ????

  1. #1
    becallamjr
    becallamjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Age
    32
    Posts
    513
    Gender
    Male

    Money = Happiness ????

    Can money really make you happy?

    Some would say yes and some would say no.

    All I know is, when my pockets are full and I can blow a grand in a single night and not have to worry about it, I feel pretty good. When I can basically do whatever I want and not have to worry about finances, I'm generally in a great mood.

    "Anyone who says money can't buy you happiness, doesn't have any or never had any"

    -not sure where I heard that quote, but I like it.

  2. #2
    RayKay
    Platinum Member RayKay's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Middle of Canada
    Age
    37
    Posts
    12,898
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    1
    Money buys you THINGS, not happiness - at least not in my definition of quality happiness.

    Yes, there is something good about not having to worry about finances...though sometimes those whom worry the least also are those whom end up with the biggest problems around money. People tend to live above their means, the more means they have, the more above they are. Homeless people don't just come from poor families....they come from Wall Street, layoffs, and not having a backup plan, a reserve, or having huge enormous debts they always figured they would "pay off eventually".

    It can relieve financial stresses which is definitely an advantage, however is happiness based on how much money you have? No. Some of the happiest people I have ever met were people with very little money, but a lot of family, friends, community ties. They felt they had a purpose in life and valued what they did have, and the simpler things. Can money make life a little easier - yes. But it also sometimes brings more job stress, less time with family, etc which can also negate some of that. But not having to worry financially can definitely reduce some financial worry.

    I could not just arbitrarily blow a grand in one night simply because I place a big value on what can be done without that money, if I have that much to spend in a night, I would hope I would be putting it to good use, and not just in the pursuit of superficial happiness.
    Last edited by RayKay; 03-23-2006 at 12:10 PM.

  3. #3
    mystik
    Bronze Member mystik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Age
    31
    Posts
    535
    Gender
    Female
    As superficial as it sounds, I think money can buy happiness. However, that's not to say you don't need love, good health, friends, family, etc. Money makes life a heck of a lot easier, the difference between life and death for many unfortunately. It's not so much having money that people think about, but the lack of having any - that's where the stresses of life are.

    But really, who really could say they wouldn't be more happy with more money?

    There's a big billboard by my home that says "To get the right outcome, you need the right income." I laugh everytime I drive by it...it's so true :S

  4. #4
    Shadows Light
    Platinum Member Shadows Light's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    2,473
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    1
    I think the song is..

    "Money can't buy my Love" by the Beatles...

    No it can't buy you love or happiness.. but it sure as HeII helps cushion the blow.

    Since your are floating around with a grand in your pocket looking for places to spend it.. why not send me some..!!!

  5. #5
    Dako
    Platinum Member Dako's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    SoCal
    Age
    63
    Posts
    9,175
    Gender
    Male
    Thanked
    1
    I've had my income vary widely from year to year. At one point, a maid cleaned the house and a cook put the week's meals in the fridge.
    At other times, I shopped at Goodwill and ate lots of refrieds.
    When my X dumped me, I had some bucks and have tossed some away, but it didn't help much. I dunno, as a working-class type, I enjoy my friends more than money.

    Lately, I'm going for minimalism and experiences over stuff. I've owned lots of stuff.
    Last edited by Dako; 03-23-2006 at 12:10 PM.

  6. #6
    Shadows Light
    Platinum Member Shadows Light's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    2,473
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by mystik
    "To get the right outcome, you need the right income."

    HOW FLIPPIN FUNNY.... !!!!!!

  7. #7
    shes2smart
    Platinum Member shes2smart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Shrine of Seven Stars
    Age
    52
    Posts
    6,507
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    78
    I saw an episode of 20/20 a while back where John Stossel examined the question "Does Money Buy Happiness?"

    Turns out, up to a certain point, it does. Mainly because a certain level of income provides things like a comfortable place to live, clothing, decent food and so forth.

    Past that point, more money doesn't automatically translate to more happiness.

    That point? About $50,000 a year....provided one manages it properly (not living beyond one's means). Mismanagement of any amount of money willl lead to unhappiness.

    Here's an article about a book that was discussed in the John Stossel piece on 20/20... link removed

  8. #8
    Shadows Light
    Platinum Member Shadows Light's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    2,473
    Gender
    Female
    Thanked
    1
    Shes2smart...

    HEY.. I remember seeing that report!!! and its probably true.

    If you look at Maslow's hiarchy... if all the basic needs are provided for at the bottom of that pyramid.. then I'd say more money "DOES NOT" equate to more happiness.

    But if you are with a pond scum bottom feeding parasite who is sucking you dry... I'd say it'd be an ISSUE and you'd be not to happy.

  9. #9
    NJRon
    Gold Member NJRon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    New Jersey
    Age
    45
    Posts
    3,098
    Gender
    Male
    I pretty well agree with that figure. I make much more than that and all I can say is I am not very happy at all. For years, I have been stuck in my job because my lifestyle had expanded to use up all that money. I have struggled to get my standard of living down to a managable level and am living on half my income right now.

    My plan is to find something to do that gives me a sense of purpose. Doing a job for money, and then taking that money to spend on things to make me happy because my job doesn't fulfill me has become tiresome.

    I want to unlatch the golden handcuffs, leave the rat race and find my calling. Until that happens, all money does is reduce stress... but the stress caused by living with no purpose is far greater. Now, if purpose *and* money come together, so much the better... but, afetr years of doign what I have been doing, I know what's more important to me now.

  10. #10
    becallamjr
    becallamjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Age
    32
    Posts
    513
    Gender
    Male
    I agree we all need love, health etc. As much as I make I save a lot too, if I continue on the same path I'm on, I could retire at 35. But, since I'm a workaholic, I don't see that happening. I had so many dead end jobs before I opened this business and I worked my *** off at each one to make **** for money. So, with that work history, now that I make a really nice living, I'm happier overall. Money definitely relieves a lot of other stresses in my life.

  11.  

Page 1 of 8 1234 ... LastLast
Top Threads
Potential Bullying at Work? How Do I Handle Situation?
I've recently started a new job as an assistant manager. For the most part, I love my job and do my very best. I'm not exactly new to managing as I
Need Advice - it's urgent for me
Hello Everyone, I meesed up my life and I take full responsibilty. I ned advice and what to do to remedy the situation immediately and prevent it
Boss Won't Give Me Time Off for My Stag and Doe
I've been working on a temporary contract with a company since March. I was told that after the contract was done, they like to try to keep employees
An Update
Just wanted to let you all know my job is still fantastic! I'm happy, it's going well, even had a one to one meeting and it was very positive. :) I
How do I tell my boss that I'm feeling "left out"?
Hi everyone. In December I took a new position with a hardware store called Regional Operations Team. In essence I go around our region fixing up
Fearing Bankruptcy and May not Qualify for Bankruptcy
I'm on disability after five months in the hospital and a group home place inpatient and have made it through Bipolar. However I have ten bills I
Featured Threads
Parent and relationships problems
So clearly i need help sooo i will get right into the story.....sorry its so long I am a 25 year old male who is in a relationship with my 19
My boyfriend is trying to date other woman on online dating site.
I really need help. I am so confused. My boyfriend is on online dating site. He said he wants to date other women. We were on and off relationship
My wife left me without having even a talk
Hi everybody, I wonder if this is normal just to leave a marriage of 7 years without having a proper talk before moving on? It happened to me that
Confused about FWB
Last weekend my FWB and I made plans to meet up. He drove down from his place to go to a party with friends, afterwards he was coming to spend the
Everything is just JUMBLED
I have an extremely, EXTREMELY screwed up life. At least from my point of view it is. At least I think I'm the only one that knows my own
Getting over someone to be with them again later?
Long story short, my ex broke up with me after 4 years because he said he was immature and needed to grow up without me and part of that was meeting
Need Advice - it's urgent for me
Hello Everyone, I meesed up my life and I take full responsibilty. I ned advice and what to do to remedy the situation immediately and prevent it
Ask For Advice

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •