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Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by Jonathan, May 31, 2009.

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  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan Well-Known Member

    Who here believes that money does not bring happiness?

    I for one would be much happier if I had a couple million in my bank account.

    Could pay off my family debts, could live a decent life and buy anything I wanted. Go on holiday's, would not have to worry, which isthe main thing; all in all.

    So why do people say that money doesn't bring hapiness?

    In every scenario I can think of, it will bring you hapiness.

    I guess it is only the moderately rich who say money doesn't bring hapiness, since they don't have enough of it?

    Help me!
  2. Brighid Moon

    Brighid Moon Member & Antiquities Friend

    I don't think money makes you happier. Point in fact my dad has quite a bit and is not happy at all, plus it brings a different type of stress. On the other hand I do think having a bit more of it might make things less stressful, otherwise - like paying bills, or if you want to go to a movie once in a while or something. Less stress helps a lot - I could use a bit more $, myself. :wink:
  3. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    "Anyone saying money can't bring happiness, doesn't know where to shop" lol

    Oh not really, I think the luck is only temporary. It's like that for me at least... I'm happy for a few minutes after I've been shopping, I get a kind of kick, but it fades quite quickly.
  4. ~Claire

    ~Claire Well-Known Member

    I don't think money would bring me happiness.

    At the end of the day I could have all the money in the world but it wouldn't get rid of my depression, my insecurities or how I generally feel on a day to day basis.

    Having more money may make your life more comfortable but it won't necessarily bring happiness.

    I wouldn't consider myself rich by any standard but I am not exactly poor either. I would rather be poor & happy instead of being rich & depressed.

    Just my opinion.
  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan Well-Known Member

    I still don't understand it.

    Money is only another thing which you can have if you of course earn or win it. It would just be an addition.

    You can still live the same life, have a crap load of money, and be happy the same way you were before however in addition to this you can do a lot more. These are a couple things I can think of:

    • Go on holiday every year/month/week/day
    • Purchase new stuff
    • Donate more money to charity.
    • Open new organisation helping less fortunate people.
    • Etc
    The list is endless.

    I think you CAN actually buy happiness, whether that be, by paying for holidays for friends to come along to etc or anything. Sure it won't necessarily bring happiness, but 9 times out of 10 it will, I mean just thinking of what you can do with a lot of money ... makes me happy.

    Maybe I've made money my idol?! As it is something I aspire to!
  6. wibble

    wibble Well-Known Member

    Money would make me happy.

    No more debts or money worries, financial security during a recession, the ability to sack off work. Whats not to love?
  7. shades

    shades Staff Alumni

    As the Beatles said, paraphrased, "Money can't buy you love". However, it can certainly bring you some financial security and alleviate some stress, thereby making you a little happier. All in all, I'd rather have it , than not!
  8. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    I have a comfortable level of cash... Not millions, but I can do what I like for the next few months. If I had more money, nothing would change. I'd still be lonely... But I'd be able to afford a house and be lonely there. Hooray.
  9. mdmefontaine

    mdmefontaine Antiquities Friend

    money :rolleyes:

    the love of which, is the root of all evil

    i've had lots, and i've had none.

    currently, none. lol

    small reserve and dwindling.

    but my happiness, has nothing to do with money.

    during the time i was the wealthiest, i was also, the most unhappy.

    currently, i am happier than i have been in a long time.
    and i am the poorest.

    having enough money to (a) eat well (b) cover your bills (c) NOT be in debt, to stay ahead a bit, and (d) have some luxuries or travel , this DOES alleviate stress.

    but lack of stress does not equate happiness
    just my opinion.

    ((note. have turned down two proposals from multi-millionaires. lol. and one near millionaire. well, he loved me but couldn't keep me. all were good men. )) money does not flip my switch. just sayin
  10. BriGuy

    BriGuy Antiquities Friend

    I know that money would certainly make my life easier and more comfortable! I am so tired of worrying every month, can we pay all the bills? I would love to be able to have all the bills paid every month, and still be able to buy things that we want, GO places, go on vacations, go visit family... and I KNOW that if I had money and could afford to go places, do things... visit people, and could DO things for people I care about... help them out too!!

    So I KNOW that money would help ME! And if I had some HELP and things were EASIER... then I would be HAPPIER... it wouldn't fix EVERYTHING... but I would be happIER!
  11. Jonathan

    Jonathan Well-Known Member

    Here, HERE! I agree with you 102%! I have the worry at the moment of not being able to pay a mortgage in 2 months time and be kicked out of the house I live in. If I had money, I could pay it and I would not be worrying, I would be happy that I could LIVE and frankly money makes the world go round!
  12. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    But you wouldn't be happy, you'd reduce one stress. I highly doubt you're on a forum for suicidal people over a mortgage payment alone.
  13. BriGuy

    BriGuy Antiquities Friend

    For me, as I put it, it wouldn't fix everything... but I would be HAPPIER... and if I didn't have THAT stress... I could relax more, and ENJOY OTHER things that should make me happy... but at the moment, I am TOO depressed to SEE!

    So again... would money make everything PERFECT? NO... but it would be a step in the right DIRECTION!

    ALSO... one more thing... to try to explain this... cuz it IS hard to explain! LOVE... when I am in love and WITH that person... my other problems don't seem to weigh me down as much... they don't seem AS significant, so I am of course HAPPIER! Just BEING with him makes ME see things differently, feel things differently! The same thing applies to money! If I didn't have to sit and WORRY about money all the time... I would SEE other things in the world differently! It brings out better things IN me... as does LOVE! Unfortunately I have neither at the moment... well, I am IN love... but I am NOT with him, I am sad, lonely, miserable... AND BROKE! Also, if I HAD money... I could afford to GO see the man I love more... and SEE if we can make this work. Unfortunately, because I am SO broke, it makes it more difficult to see him!
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  14. Anime-Zodiac

    Anime-Zodiac Well-Known Member

    I can only speak for myself, in that if I had loads of money then I would be happier. I would be able to live comfortably in a materialistic sense. But being wealthy/rich would never solve all my problems.
  15. BriGuy

    BriGuy Antiquities Friend

    Exactly... not ALL my problems... but it would be a start! For me, it is not only materialistic... it is also medical as well!
  16. cult logic

    cult logic Staff Alumni

    My family is fairly well off. I live in a $600,000 house and won't ever have to worry about paying student loans or anything for college.

    Yet miserable I remain.
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  17. BriGuy

    BriGuy Antiquities Friend

    I think it's different at your age though. You can't just take off anytime you like... USE that money to travel any old time you want to take off, get away. Your family has the money... but 'usually'... most teens don't have access to it, can't do anything they want with it. You don't see it the same at that age... I know I didn't...
    PLUS being a teen is depressing enough on it's OWN... money or no money, especially if you are going thru other issues as well!! So I can see why you'd still be miserable with or without money in the family!
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