Money does not EQUAL happiness but it does seem to make a lot of lifes situations more bearable.
I like the old saying.....'If you have your health, you have your wealth'
Money helps us obtain the things we need to be content and forms the framework of happiness. Without money, there is no guarantee of food, a roof over your head, and other basic necessities. It is difficult to be happy knowing you may not be able to provide these things for yourself and for your family.
Money is also the justification for spending a great amount of our lives working. Would you be happy if you worked 40-80 hours a week and had nothing to show for it? Not even the most simple of pleasures that requires money? Most likely not.
There will always be a few people who can be happy with nothing. And there are plenty who *think* they could, but in fact are taking things for granted and would be as miserable as the rest of us. Money does not ENSURE happiness, but if you don't have it, your existence will be much less pleasant, and it will be vastly more difficult to find happiness.
Ever seen someone frown while riding his jet ski?
It certainly feels like it does sometimes, especially when you are choosing something special in the jewellry shop for your Sweetie Pie. And though most gals will publically say it's the thought that counts, just look at the twinkle in her eye!!! Let's face it :diamonds are still a girl's best friend. If you're an incurable romantic, well, then, you want to go all out. Pretty hard to do that with a scant $100.00 in your pocket. Yes, sometimes, it would appear that $ can buy happiness!
I am happy without a lot of money. Would I like more? Yes. I would like *enough* money. I don't need to be enormously wealthy. A lot of responsibility comes with wealth which in itself can be a burden. I would like to have enough to pay for my needs, not be in debt and some of my wants. I would very much like to give more to charity, (even though we will most likely not be able to use it as a deduction), and I would enjoy some traveling and gain some of the experiences to which the Cornell professor referred. Our memories are not made of what we have, but of what we've experienced. In the final analysis, that is what makes wealth for me.
I think it can, if you don't make it the most important thing in your life. As with anything, if you focus too much on one thing, it can become a burden. But if you are smart with money, I think it can provide one with comfort, and that can be pretty satisfying!
I don't know if it EQUALS HAPPINESS, but I would be less stressed and smile more if I had more MONEY!
It's rightousness and morality that gives happiness. Money comes and goes, morality comes and grows.
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