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Can money buy happiness? Why or why not?Thanks, this is for essay help.
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Money can only buy things; it's up to you to decide if things will make you happy. Lots of things that we "want" turn out to be disappointments ... baggage that doesn't satisfy us (past the few initial moments of possession).
On the other hand, there are some things that money does/can buy that are necessities for life ... food, clothing, lodging, the absence of which makes happiness much harder to acquire (although people can do it).
I often think of Thoreau's "Simplify! Simplify!" and think that in our possession crazed world, it's advice that we could all benefit from.
Posted by timbrady on March 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM (Answer #2)
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Some of my unhappiest times seem to have been when I was most financially secure, so money isn't a guarantee for happiness. As the previous poster noted, money buys things. If you buy things that make you happy, then money can indeed help out. But love and friendship really don't relate to money, and they are two things that most make people happy.
Posted by bullgatortail on March 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM (Answer #3)
Of course money can't buy happiness, but it sure beats not having money, in my opinion.
I have had a nice stable life, married since I was 20 (reaching our 20th anniversary in June). We've been together when we had no money and now when we do have money. I guarantee you I'm happier with.
Money buys security. Security buys not having to worry about the future. I feel much better on a day to day basis now than I did when my wife and I wondered if we'd ever be able to have a house or be able to afford having kids, etc.
Posted by pohnpei397 on March 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM (Answer #4)
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Happiness is so undefinable it's difficult to even rationally discuss it. And I don't believe there is a yes or no answer to this question. Whatever happiness is, it is in large part due to a person's personality. But can a person be happy when he/she is starving or freezing? Maybe one in a million with a view to something larger.
Posted by dstuva on March 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM (Answer #5)
No money cannot buy happiness, just as we cannot buy the feeling of satisfaction we get from eating when hungry. But we can definitely by food that will satisfy your hunger. Similarly we can definitely buy thing that provide us with means to bring happiness in our lives.
The happiness is not determined completely by the amount of such products we buy or get from any other means. Another important ingredients of happiness is our own conduct and attitude towards life.
The Happiness of a person who is dying of hunger because he has no money to buy food, can perhaps be substantially increased by providing him with money. But as we have more and more of such products, our dependence on them for increasing happiness further decreases. As a matter of fact those products may cease to hold much attraction once our basic needs are meant. In such condition the true happiness comes from internal feeling of being worthy and having becoming what we are capable of becoming. Then happiness is more related to what we are rather than what we have.
Posted by krishna-agrawala on March 31, 2010 at 4:08 AM (Answer #7)
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Money can certainly make life more comfortable, but happiness is such a subjective issue, I don’t think we can realistically say that money can buy happiness. True happiness seems to be found within one’s own self--our personal philosophy, our own self identity, our feelings of success. While money can enhance these elements it cannot provide them.
Posted by ask996 on April 3, 2010 at 7:38 AM (Answer #8)
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Money and happiness are the opposite poles of life .The value of money lies in maintaining livelyhood .But if one is possessed with the idea of hoarding money , and he runs after to that end , he would certainly be unhappy .Again happiness comes from mental peace , and peace springs from silplicity of life and control of cravings .Once again the more a man gets himself purified , the more he becomes happy .More over , through suffering man grows wise .Poverty has always proved to be the source of happiness .It helps to enhance the soul .The last but not the least is that , happiness is one's own choice of life .Hencs it is proportionate to the laws of causitility .
Posted by subrataray on April 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM (Answer #9)
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Happiness is something that you can’t put a monetary value on. People get happiness from things that are constant or complete their lives like families and being passionate about living life.
Posted by ajw88 on April 4, 2010 at 6:53 PM (Answer #10)
@ask996 ... good answer.
We live in the 'pursuit of happiness'. Nothing guarantees the right to be happy. It is not 'written in the stars'. You might be born disabled or stupid or jealous or just plain boring.
Happiness is not something that evolution cares about. So it is not something that has been refined.
We pursue happiness as best we can.
In the mean time, money can provide security. And security is very desirable.
It is a sad sad sad truth... money provides its owner with many desirable things. Not happiness neccessarily, but power, influence, security, popularity, kudos, etc.
As a very cool rockstar once said, when asked by a TV host, "what is the difference between Laid Back and Boring?"
He said, quite rightly, "about one million dollars"
Posted by frizzyperm on April 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM (Answer #11)
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I really can't answer this question because I've never had enough money to buy myself any happiness. I sure would like to give it a try! Seriously, I think the stress of not having enough money can cause a lot of unhappiness, but I'm not sure it works the other way around.
Posted by linda-allen on April 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM (Answer #12)
It would depend on the definition of happiness I suppose. Being financially secure is better than struggling but it would depend on how you make your money too. If you make a good income but your job is unpleasant or unethical then this could lead to a great deal of unhappiness possibly. Money sure can make you happy in the short term - fuel the ego and so forth but it is generally those with money who really ask this question. The luxury of affluence! I find it very interesting that in our society, with all the things we have and the things we can get, that many people seem quite unhappy. We have a very high rate of depression and mental illness. Certainly the haves and have nots are seperated and force class divisions which could be highly limiting to a varied and happy life.
Posted by treedreamer on April 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM (Answer #13)
Not always money can bring happiness. Everything in human life can not be bought by cash. I'll share a personal experience as evidence. This weekend, the daughter of one of my familiars was willing to go for outing, somewhere remote; and he knew that he doesn't have enough money this week and can not afford it this week. Do you think his daughter's happiness would be buried because of this? Not at all.
What the parents did was that they ordered for pizza that weekend, spent all the evening with the child, watched her favourite cartoons and programmes sitting along with her till the night, and most importantly, both the mother and the father spent that night by watching movies and gossiping. At that night, the adults were no more adults, they became children. Whereas on the other days they can't manage time adequately for their child, so, they wanted to make the holiday special somehow. And they did it even though they didn't have enough money to go for outing. However, when I met the child recently, I asked whether how she passed her weekend, and I was amazed to hear that she considers this weekend the most enjoyable weekend in her life. The child's joyful, innocent smile clearly expressed that what she said was very true. And, as you can see, money was not essential for the happiness.
Posted by nusratfarah on April 20, 2010 at 8:13 AM (Answer #14)
Sometimes money can buy happiness. Sometimes happiness can be acquired without money. Maybe the question should be: Should we pursue money to achieve happiness? Perhaps, the question should be: Should we pursue happiness independently of money?
In the old days, they would indicate that one should find something that one likes to do (happiness?) that also allows one to earn a living (to live?).
Example: A boy sees a man working hard in making a carving, and the boy comments, "I'd never work so hard for my living!" The man's reply, "I've never worked a day in may life."
Posted by ct-bio on April 20, 2010 at 8:33 AM (Answer #15)
Values, and power of language, and how the two interact are at the heart of this question. To most of the founders of the U.S. words like 'happiness' implied at least the possibility of wealth. Yet to them, and to people long and after them, wealth was often a means to an end. For example, I might say one of my greatest values is my family. But if I ponder that, unpack it, analyze why I value my family so, I might realize that 'family' includes regular family gatherings at our grandparents 80-acre farm, and family vacations, and our annual holiday dinners. None of those would be possible, at least in the way we've experienced them, without a certain amount of cash. Can money buy happiness? It's impossible to avoid it in our society, so the question really becomes 'how can I make a distinction between money itself and the things I value that it may help me achieve?' Achieving what I believe I am meant to creates joy and contentment. That may or may not require a lot of money, but it sure saves a great deal of headache and heartache to know the difference.
Posted by whaney on May 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM (Answer #16)
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People go over the top with money. Even though it can buy heaps of things, there's still a lot of things that money can't buy. People think that money is what keeps them happy, but you hear it on lottery stories all the time. The winner ends up spending like crazy and in the end has gotten even worse than before their lottery win. People end up doing jobs they hate, just for the sake of the money, working unbelievable hours and doing something they have no interest in.
For me, money can't buy happiness, unless you've been living really rough. The most important thing is your health because you only have one life to live...
Posted by kim-c on May 14, 2010 at 1:29 AM (Answer #17)
Money can buy comfort and various kinds of security, but it cannot buy happiness. In fact, it seems that "happiness" can't even be defined, much less purchased. One argument I've read suggests that happiness is achieved only as a by product, not as an end in itself. This makes sense to me. The truly happy people I've known have been those who were engaged in meaningful work, paid or unpaid. These people were so busy living their lives in pursuit of something larger than themselves that they had no time to wonder, "Am I happy?" They just were.
Posted by mshurn on May 15, 2010 at 2:08 AM (Answer #18)
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Money cannot buy happiness, but then again, neither can poverty. Money can buy options which can make you happy, but that depends on what is in your head, not your bank account.
Posted by usbummer on May 22, 2010 at 10:38 AM (Answer #19)
I think that it can buy you happiness for a short time but it never makes you fully happy.....But it depend son the person really because there could be a really shallow person that does not care about anything other than money and so might think that money always buys them happiness...for me though it makes you happy that you've baught what you want but not really happy about anything else and it doesn't last forever does it....
Posted by xlaurenbx on May 27, 2010 at 1:50 AM (Answer #20)
If You Have An Xbox. Laptop. Nintendo .. Your Happy. all this has been nought with money. But you cant buy love, and emotions. A man only needs so much money to make him ahppy. the rest is just greeed.
Posted by ourlittlesecret on May 27, 2010 at 1:53 AM (Answer #21)
No, money can not buy hapiness. I know some very wealthy people and they are miserable because they are lonely, have no true friends, and their family has left them. As humans, we crave companionship, love, and belonging. Family and friends help to give us a sense of identity, a sense of worth, a purpose in life. Loneliness is consuming, depressive, and makes one bitter. Money can fill your belly and keep you dry when it rains, but can not fill the void in your heart.
Posted by dano7744 on May 28, 2010 at 7:24 AM (Answer #22)
Of course it all depends upon which level of happiness one is speaking of when asking if money can buy happiness. On the most basic levels, money most definitiely can buy happiness. It is genuine happiness to be able to provide medical help for your children. It is quite decidedly happiness to pay rent or mortgage to have a roof over your head and your children's heads. It is indisputably happiness to buy wholesome and adequate food to serve your family and yourself and your beloved four-footed furry friends. It is most certainly happiness to have money for some form of transportation, be it public transit or private automobile, that allows the escape from walking 1 or 2 miles carrying supplies for familiy meals for a day or two. Money can and does buy happiness.
The problem is that when our happiness is met at one level, our desires and definitions of happiness continue in an accretion process, growing ever larger and more complex, and soon the capacity of money to provide is outstripped by the nature of our dreams of happiness: money can't buy happiness in the abstract but it most definitely can buy happiness in the concrete on the first several most fundamental and necessary levels, including an education and accoutraments for securing a well paying job. And it is hard if not impossible to find the love of one's life without money with which to make one's self look respectable and presentable. Money most decidedly can and does buy happiness.
Posted by kplhardison on September 16, 2010 at 3:46 PM (Answer #23)
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