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Does money bring you happiness?
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:15:05 AM »
If you (or a very close friend  ;D) are a person of means, does your money bring you more happiness or more headaches?

(I am not referring to people who are 'comfortable')

The way I see it the enormous amount of downsides that wealth brings, is in no way compensated for by the only positive - a false sense of security.

Additionally, a lot of my satisfaction in life comes from working hard to support my family. If I had a huge savings account I would not feel that my daily grind is necessary which would leave me pretty depressed, frustrated and bored.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 01:21:55 AM »
Money doesn't make you happy.
But it's still better to unhappy and wealthy than unhappy and poor!
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 01:24:42 AM »
IME points and miles does:-)

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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 01:25:07 AM »
Money doesn't bring happiness, but money brings beer and beer sure brings happiness!!

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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 01:26:20 AM »
IME points and miles does:-)
True.  There's that giddy feeling you get when you fly in $20K suites and stay in 5 star hotels all for the cost of churning a credit card or 2 :D
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 01:27:19 AM »
Money doesn't make you happy.
But it's still better to unhappy and wealthy than unhappy and poor!

I think having money makes you miserable. Being poor also makes you miserable. Who's to say which one is better?
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 01:29:10 AM »
I think having money makes you miserable. Being poor also makes you miserable. Who's to say which one is better?
Having money does not make you miserable, a bad, unhealthy outlook on life makes you miserable. Such a person will likely be miserable whether poor or rich, but in only one of those situations are you worried about whether you will be evicted from your house/apt the next day.  Thus, better to be miserable (aka depressed) with money than without.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 01:34:31 AM »
You listed the worries that a poor person has. How about listing the rich man's worries? And there are plenty.

Responsibilities, safety fears, isolation, resentment from others, strife, trusting issues, emptiness... I bet you'll find that very wealthy people have higher depression/suicide rates than the very poor.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 01:36:32 AM »
What's the point of this? If you're looking for problems, you can find them wherever you go.
Being happy with little or no money is a virtue. OTOH money can be used for lot's of good things, most importantly, living a comfortable life. So it will add to happiness if the owner knows how to live with happy attitude.

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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 01:37:33 AM »
I bet you'll find that very wealthy people have higher depression/suicide rates than the very poor.
I'm not so sure about that, care to back that up?

Also what do you consider "rich" exactly? There's a whole lot of leeway there.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2013, 01:37:52 AM »
money doesn't help you find happiness, but it does help you look in more places.

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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 01:38:01 AM »
What's the point of this? If you're looking for problems, you can find them wherever you go.
+1, nobody lives problem-free.  Life is what you make of it.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2013, 01:38:55 AM »
Yes, money brings happiness. Its that simple.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2013, 01:39:41 AM »
Yes, money brings happiness. Its that simple.
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Re: Does money bring you happiness?
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2013, 01:40:28 AM »
miles doesn't help you find happiness, but it does help you look in more places.
ftfy :D

Yes, money brings happiness. Its that simple.
That's what someone who's poor and miserable convinces himself.
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