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The myth that money cannot buy happiness

Over here is a post where the ‘money cannot buy happiness’ myth is debunked.  I just wanted to quote a few things from it which I believe in myself, and I thought I’d put it to you for discussion.

…money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy lots of things that contribute mightily to happiness.

…money contributes to happiness mostly in the negative; the lack of it brings much more unhappiness than possessing it brings happiness.

…money can help you boost your happiness. For example, philosophers and scientists agree that having strong ties to other people is the KEY to happiness, and money can pay for a plane ticket to visit your sister, a babysitter for a date night with your sweetheart, or pizza and beer for a Super Bowl Party with friends. Novelty and challenge will make you happier, and money can pay for a trip to France, for a drawing class, for a mountain bike.

After a recent discussion on my blog over at Getting rich – everyone has a right to it, I made a comment:

Oh, I just thought of something. To all those who say money is the root to all evil, and you can’t find happiness through money, then stop working. Right now. Stop working.

Show me how happy you can be with no money. Show me how you can survive without it. Show me that you can be all that you could possibly be with no job, and no money.

When you can do that, then you have the right to tell everyone else they should stop seeking more money in their lives.

Go on, prove to us that you don’t need money.

No one replied.  🙂

A lot of people try to offer advice and suggestions on how money isn’t the path to happiness, but how would they know? They’re all earning a job. They have money, they have investments, they have a future. If they think that they know what the path to happiness is, and it doesn’t rely on money, then why are they working? Why are they earning money?

I think that anyone who tells you that money is the root of all evil, or that it’s not what will make you happy, should take a good, long look at themselves. Are they earning money?

If you’re spending a third of your life chasing money in a job, career or business, then you have no right to tell others to stop chasing money for themselves.

Money is one of the paths to happiness – it’s why so many people pursue it.

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