Does Money Bring Happiness?

This often quoted phrase is so overused and jaded that even though we know that it is true, we tend to ignore it. We want to believe that there is an easy way out of being unhappy and believe me overcoming your emotions and teaching yourself to be happy can be more difficult that earning some bucks!

All of us have at some point in time or another seen extremely rich, wealthy and famous people unhappier than what we would expect them to be, given the amount of material benefits that they have. It is surprising that a large number of wealthy people do not seem to experience the happiness that one would expect goes with so much money and riches. A study conducted by University of Illinois indicated that more than 30 percent of the richest people in America were not as happy as the person who earned a modest income.

Have you ever noticed that most of the sulking, miserable people that you meet in everyday life are rich people? The misery that these people go through is not because they don’t have enough money to by two square meals. It occurs due to the fact that everyone seems to have more expectations from money. Money cannot buy you everything but in the minds of people who give up everything for money, it is difficult to accept that they strove so hard to achieve partial success.

So if you are unhappy and think that money is the answer to your problems – think again! Even if you were to win a lottery tomorrow, the pleasure that accompanies it wont last long. Pretty soon, you’ll be back to your original self. There is a saying that “if you are not happy here and now, you never will be” There is a lot of depth behind this statement. A penniless child drenched in the rain can be happy at the prospect of a real shower after days of scorching heat while a rich man may view the same rain from his window reminiscing why he had lost his lady love. The idea is to understand that happiness cannot be achieved by anything external irrespective of whether it is money or any other material things. Happiness is something that is inside of you and not outside, and accessing it just requires a little bit of training.

Of course money IS important to help us live our life to the fullest. But at the same time, an increase in its inflow does not bring proportional happiness with it. You need to be aware of this.

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  1. Bharat Singla says:

    one should not be mad for money. everyone should wish to have sufficient money to earn his households and to buy all neccesary for his life. that’s all the formula of happy and tense free life. stay cool and satisfied

  2. Personally I don’t think that starving will make you happy, besides by having money you can have a better life and a healthier life, if you’re ill you can buy medicine plus if you have money you won’t have tou worry about not having enough money to pay your bills. beside it gives you the oportunity of traveling and that kind of opens your mind and gives you knowledge…. so money in many ways does bring you happiness

  3. Money is the power .Power is the money .without money you are nothing .with money you have all respect .i guess it is not being rich but living alaise .

    we must use the money well because it is money and something precious that everyone would like to avoir.Ces parts could achieve our dreams and desires and we transported either in hell or heaven …. The money contributes to the happiness of one who knows how to use and the bane of those who let themselves be ruled by greed or stupidity.

    NTw

  4. money can change ur life to a better one .. but nobody knows if ur heart gonna live in dis life
    we all seek for money and we all have diffirent amounts of money .
    Does Happiness require both ????

  5. we cant ignore money completly i think money is thing but its not every thing when you wanna to see you rich or no count the thing you have and you cant buy it by money this is my opinion

  6. “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
    ~Matthew 6:31-33

  7. “If you have Jesus in your life, and then have money there will be happiness in you”

    Did that in a past life. Guess what? I’m still here.

  8. Asein ifijeh Godfrey says:

    The only source of happiness and peace of mind is salvation (freedom from sin), not money. If you have Jesus in your life, and then have money there will be happiness in you. Matthew 6:33; proverb 16:7,8

  9. not only money brings happiness i think if our frnds n relatives r happy then we r also happpy

  10. “You simply represent majority of those who don’t have an idea of the difference between happiness and pleasure. Or simply put, you have not experienced real happiness in your life. Your 5-star dining, soft bed, etc. etc. are all sensual pleasures and does not define happiness by any means.”

    Here’s a monkey wrench on the above … would a Tibetan monk be better off to meditate in the Canadian Rockies w/ stable govt, no political oppression, etc, vs living in Tibet where the P.R.C. govt is actively suppressing all activities related to Tibetan Buddhism?

    Well … guess what? Someone has to pay for that permanent visa to Canada and again, someone has to pay for that plot of land, building, and taxes in British Columbia or Alberta, for that retreat center. All and all, the argument comes full circle. Money is the primary proponent of happiness or let’s say… the pursuit of happiness, if happiness is a path then an end goal.

  11. Vishal, I do not understand your argument against either money or the ‘Realist’.

    Giving to others is fine, I do it all the time but guess what? … I don’t have to worry about a roof over my head or where my next meal will come from. Thus, I don’t see the connection?

    You’re making a type of moral judgement, based upon someone traveling 1st class vs coach, due to some experiential difference of the latter. Personally, I’d rather fly 1st class from Asia to America because it’s more comfortable than being cramped for 15 hours and I can read, sleep, enjoy the scenery, eat a “real” meal, or get my work done so that the journey is a pleasant experience. Now, whether or not that detracts from the temporary bonding experiences of being around others, in cramped seating areas, is a value call, as to maximizing a less than optimal journey. Well, I’ve done both and personally, 1st class still comes out ahead.

  12. My point is, did you give your last penny to the child? If so then that’s very admirable, if not then money does mean something to you. ‘Charity is not a bone to the dog, it’s sharing the bone when you’re as hungry as the dog’ Jack London – On the road.

    • I feel sorry for you. You simply represent majority of those who don’t have an idea of the difference between happiness and pleasure. Or simply put, you have not experienced real happiness in your life. Your 5-star dining, soft bed, etc. etc. are all sensual pleasures and does not define happiness by any means. Happiness is the inner joy you get when you meet someone you love after a long time; when you see the smile on your child’s face; when you feed someone who is very hungry; when you are of assistance to someone very needy; ….

      ‘Charity is not a bone to the dog, it’s sharing the bone when you’re as hungry as the dog’ Jack London

      I don’t know who this Jack London is, but I would rather give something to someone needy now than wait till I become as needy as the other person.

      Yes, money does mean something to me. But the point is, it is not my means to happiness. It is to make my life comfortable. And comfortable is not equal to happiness. A person traveling by first class may be comfortable, but he may not be happy. Whereas a person traveling by second class may not be that comfortable as the person traveling first class, but he may be happy chatting around with people or watching the beautiful scenery.

  13. Thanks for wishing me good luck – but where’s the cheque?

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