“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.” ~Clare Boothe Luce
So the age old question is “can money buy you happiness?” There are a number of conflicting answers on this subject and rather than tell you exactly what I think, I thought I would share a case for both sides of the debate and then you can make your own decisions.
On the YES side:
- Statistics are in that struggles with money is one of the leading causes of arguments among couples, one of the biggest stressors for people and especially for those living in poverty greatly diminishes ones quality of life.
- Spending money is generally viewed as FUN!! When you spend extravagantly on yourself it can feel very gratifying.
- Those with money are able to turn “dreams” into “memories” and indulge in more than those without. These people tend to enjoy more family vacations, are able to provide endless opportunities for their children and can provide luxuries for their family that many of us could only dream of.
- Money opens doors. As they say “money talks” and money allows you to purchase items that most of us must think about and budget for.
On the NO side:
- Just because you have money DOES NOT imply happiness. There are many people who have lots of money and they are very unhappy. You must make your own happiness
- For many, time means much more than money. Let me explain … take for example the child with one grandmother that has lots of money and the other that does not. The grandmother with all the money “spoils” the child with lots of gifts and extravagances, whereas the grandmother without money “spoils” the child with love and spends quality one on one time with that child. For most children time is a VERY important factor and think about it, how many times have we heard parents say immediately following Christmas “they got these new toys and now they are saying they are bored.”
- A study by Psychological Health has proven that “ happiness in life has more to do with respect and influence than status or wealth.”
So now it’s up to you to decide. What do you think? Can money buy happiness?