View Full Version : "Money can't buy happiness."

October 27th, 2011, 8:07 AM
How far do you agree with this statement? It's true that money is simply pieces of metal and pieces of paper, but can it buy you happiness? What sort of things could it buy that could make people happy, if any? Discuss.

No opinion given yet from me for the sake of setting the discussion off to an unbiased start.

October 27th, 2011, 8:10 AM
Money can't buy true happiness, in my opinion. It can buy objects that might provide a basis for finding happiness, but in the end, I would be far happier living poor or modestly with the people that I love than rich and alone.

October 27th, 2011, 8:11 AM
I'd be alot happier with having a little money over each month that I could spend on material things that satisfy my mind.

October 27th, 2011, 9:40 AM
Money buys temporary happiness. I spent several hundred dollars this past weekend and I was very happy on Monday. What I was happy with, though, was more about being able to express myself with what I bought rather than the things themselves. I guess it's unfortunate that I needed money to get to the point of being able to express myself though. But, you know, different things make different people happy, but even really materialistic people won't find much happiness unless they keep spending money on things, although they probably have more chances of finding something that would make them happy since they don't have to worry about money.

Jack O'Neill
October 27th, 2011, 12:17 PM
Money can't buy happiness, but it surely does help. At the very least, it can buy stability. You can't really be happy if you keep fretting about groceries, medical bills, house payments, and student loans. Once you have stability, then you can start on the road to happiness.

October 27th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Complete lie. Money can buy happiness all you want. Any gain in happiness is just temporary anyways. Money just gives a quick short-cut to all the little boosters of happiness in life. What it can't buy is love. Love is just another booster of happiness, and happens to have the unusual trait of being constant for as long as one can hold on.

Money can buy happiness, just not all happiness.

October 27th, 2011, 12:31 PM
It definitely gets rid of any worry, that's for sure. But actual happiness? I guess to some extents. Like, you can help build a playground with a lot of donated money, so a lot kids would be pretty happy with that. I know I was with my various playground memories...

But I don't think an individual can buy happiness for themselves. Other people really play a role on how happy you are, most of the time. And you can't buy friends. If you do, those aren't friends.

October 27th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Define happiness. If you're looking to become happy through self-success with a career held for many years, then simply having money won't buy you that happiness. Unless you're willing to go to school for it and work your ass off. In which case, money will definitely help with that and could probably buy you happiness in the end. But most people with money don't actually try to make anything of themselves because you tend to do that in order to make money, which they already have.

But money can definitely provide happiness. And it can make you feel really good about yourself, if you know how to use that money. Donating part of your money to the less fortunate can be very fulfilling and rewarding, and if you believe in karma then you'd be gettin a boner. For me, I can think of plenty of things I would love to buy to make myself happier. And, since I'm currently in school, I'd probably buy things to give myself a better chance at a satisfying and rewarding career.

While money can't buy happiness, it can surely help provide happiness, be it short-term or long-term.

PkMnTrainer Yellow
October 27th, 2011, 4:49 PM
Money alone cannot buy happiness. However, combined with things like social skills and stuff like that it can in fact buy happiness in the sense that it can directly cause you to become happier. Regardless, ultimately money is only one of many parts to happiness.

October 27th, 2011, 4:53 PM
Money can't buy happiness.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau

October 27th, 2011, 5:04 PM
In today's society, yes, yes it does. Money is the root of happiness.

Is there anything we have today that makes us infinitely happy and costs absolutely no money? And love isn't an answer I'm afraid.

October 27th, 2011, 5:06 PM
In today's society, yes, yes it does. Money is the root of happiness.

Is there anything we have today that makes us infinitely happy and costs absolutely no money? And love isn't an answer I'm afraid.
Many things actually. Nature, friends, animals, all supply us with happiness and sometimes you even profit by finding edible berries.

October 27th, 2011, 5:47 PM
Define happiness..

Money can buy you: Bikes, TVs, Video Game Systems, Tickets to Concerts, A House, Food, etc.

Is that not happiness??

October 27th, 2011, 6:33 PM
Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.-Leo Rosten

Sure, you can be happy without them, but they do buy you safety and convenience.

October 27th, 2011, 7:47 PM
Money can buy happiness, sure. I'd be plenty happy with a huge house, a swimming pool filled with $100s, and the ability to travel nonstop.

But you can be happy money as well. But it helps.

Money can't buy love or friendship. Happiness? Yes.

Shining Raichu
October 27th, 2011, 8:11 PM
Sister Mary Bernard: Money can't buy happiness.
Gabrielle: Sure it can! That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting.

I think the "money can't buy happiness" is basically an overly romanticised cliche. I agree with PkMnTrainer Yellow (which is unusual, I must say :P) in that money by itself is not enough to buy lasting happiness. However, it is not possible to achieve happiness without money. What money buys is security, it buys the ability to not have to think about money and I think that's the basis you need in order to begin to pursue real happiness.

Harley Quinn
October 27th, 2011, 8:51 PM
Wrong. Money sure can buy happiness. Look at the sponsor a child campaigns for starters. The people who live in poverty, with generous donations, can afford to be happy and have a hope that would've never existed to them without the money. For people like us who have a more readily available access to money and privilege, money has lost some of it's meaning. But to people who need the donations they get, the happiness they get from the money is entirely real.

Retro Gamer'93
October 27th, 2011, 9:56 PM
I hate this saying, you know why? Because without money the people that made up this saying would be living in the streets and huddling under cardboard boxes for shelter instead of spouting philosophical bull crap like this. Of course money can buy you happiness, every person who has ever been even slightly poor knows this, without money all the basic necessities: food, water, shelter; wouldn't be achievable in today's society very easily if at all. Money is what pays for those cookouts that you have with your relatives, the flat screen TV's that you watch you favorite shows on or the Saturday Night football games on with your kids. Money pays for your education, for you to go to college so that you can get a better job instead of being stuck working in a McDonald's for the rest of your life. Just about everything in this world requires money to buy. Even if happiness is short, money makes it last longer, and builds memories so that when you die, you have no regrets.

Captain Fabio
October 27th, 2011, 11:51 PM
Money can buy happiness, what it can't buy is love.

October 28th, 2011, 12:18 AM
Money can buy temporary, faux happiness, but true happiness can't be bought.

You guys know what I mean, right?

Noah Ridgewood
October 28th, 2011, 3:17 AM
I disagree with it entirely, almost to the point where I think anyone who believes it is a fool. I've been on both ends, and I can tell you there was something different about having that ease of mind and not having to worry that made me happy. I agree with Jack 100%. It provides ease of mind, which provides a happier you since you don't have to worry about struggling with payments that you just can't afford to miss.

As long as there are bills to pay, money is a necessity in the world, and if you have a lot of it, you don't need to worry about the bills or the food or the kids or the house and provides happiness in that regard. There are a lot of things that build up definite happiness. You can find happiness in your friends, you can find happiness in your family, you can find happiness in your work. But I wouldn't be too happy being homeless on the streets, panhandling. Money is something like a handle towards happiness, but it still provides some happiness. There's nothing that buys happiness, because happiness comes from so many things, but any kind of happiness - whether it lasts a few seconds, or the rest of your life - is still happiness.

Many things actually. Nature, friends, animals, all supply us with happiness and sometimes you even profit by finding edible berries.
Friends aside, you need money for funding in order to nurture nature and animals, which was the point Vampire://Krimm was making. Unless you live by the earth, which I seriously doubt considering you're using a computer. Finding edible berries is good and all, but most would rather buy a burger (not necessarily true for me; I'm vegetarian) and fries from Wendy's to hold me over for the rest of the day than eat a stinkin' berry.

Mr Cat Dog
October 28th, 2011, 5:44 AM
Money itself can't buy happiness. You can't just go into a shop and ask for happiness in exchange for money. However, money can certainly indirectly lead to happiness. Whether it's consistent financial security to prevent constant worrying; whether it's hedonistic pleasure from simply spending the money; whether it's the opposite effect of the last entry and you give away all of the money in a generous gift of altruism.

Even relatively "free" causes of happiness - friends, family, relationships - need at least a steady supply of money to function and not break down. In those cases the money is a more indirect cause of happiness, but without it the family unit would break down, relationships would suffer and friends might drift apart.

So, money can definitely indirectly lead to happiness.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
October 28th, 2011, 6:47 AM
Money buys happiness. Without money (like I am right now) my life is certainly worse and I'm not nearly as happy as I would be with a source of income. You need money to buy the things you want, to provide for the things you need, and basically, you need it to live in this modern society. Without it,. you can't be happy. You'd be constantly worrying about whether you would lose the roof over your head, or where your next meal will come from. That certainly isn't happiness. neither is going without the luxuries that make life more pleasant. I doubt many people would be happy without being able to buy the things to keep you entertained.

No, you can't walk into Wal-Mart and buy a box or can of happiness. But the things you can buy with money certainly lead to happiness. They can't be ignored.

October 28th, 2011, 5:57 PM
I kind of agree, it can certainly buy many things but it can't buy true love.

Lord Varion
October 31st, 2011, 4:11 PM
It can buy temporary happiness, but not proper happiness.
Happiness money provides will were off.

November 1st, 2011, 7:11 PM
Honestly, it's very subjective. There are people like my dad who will never be happy without money. Then there are those who are satisfied with a solid living. and Then you have those like Tibetan Buddhists who minimize what they need in search of eternal happiness.

Personally, I'd want that modest, solid living. I want to have peace of mind but still remain humble.

Alley Cat
November 1st, 2011, 7:16 PM
I think it depends on where you are. For someone who doesn't have very much money, suddenly coming into a large sum of money would make them quite happy. They could get all the things they so desperately want/need. A car, a house.... and they would be happy. Those who already have money and are unhappy due to something, well obviously money won't solve their problems.

I know very well that money would make me and my family very happy. We would finally be able to rise above this dreaded poverty line and not live in such anguish. We're all miserable with our current state of affairs, and most of our "plans" have money involved. So it isn't so much as having money, but being able to get what you need with it that creates the happiness.

November 1st, 2011, 9:15 PM
Money purchases goods required for subsistence. I cannot be happy if I cannot perform basic life functions so I may spend my idle time procuring pleasure.

November 2nd, 2011, 12:02 AM
To be certain, money can't buy happiness. But with money, we can buy things that can make us happy, although these specific things aren't permanent which can be taken away from us, but with happiness from a person, that can't truly be bought with money, referring to experiences and memories.

November 3rd, 2011, 4:59 AM
Although I am money-faced, I feel that Money does not buy happiness. If it wouldn't for the modern day society, with that mindset of "No Money, No Talk" and elitism. I wouldn't mind being a toilet cleaner. Money just gives you luxury as everything in the world now needs money. If you asked me what my money is used for? I would say that I only need money to buy food, that's all. All of my other money would be saved, or probably at my local games shop.

November 6th, 2011, 10:31 PM
Im pretty sure money buys happiness. You dont see homeless people skipping happily on a sidewalk, do you?

Shining Raichu
November 7th, 2011, 12:00 AM
I think what is meant by this old cliche is that the things in life that will grant you lasting happiness - love, friendships, people etc - can't be purchased with money. Granted, this is probably true. What it has turned into, however, is people saying "Money will not make you happy" and that is not true. At all.

This has become accompanied by other common attitudes - the primary one I can think of being that money corrupts people - and has made it so that having money is almost stigmatised in society. It's a recognised part of society that the rich are hated for being rich. That's why I don't believe in the phrase "money doesn't buy happiness". It's become a way for people to console themselves about not having as much money as they'd like to have.

November 14th, 2011, 4:55 AM
I don't agree with money can't buy happiness.
With money I can make my family live a good life, send my children to study in good school. How could I not be happy with that?

It's just not all happiness can be bought by money, for example: true love.

November 14th, 2011, 5:33 AM
It definitely depends on who you are, but in general, money can maybe buy you things which make you happy, but it can't buy you actual happiness in the end.

The Noob Hacker
November 14th, 2011, 7:22 PM
Can money buy happiness? Yes.

Can money buy all happinesses? Well, that would depend if things such as true love make you happy, but for the common person, no.

Money can buy the means to happiness, but what would really determine the happiness is your experience with what you have. For example: If you buy a video game, and you enjoyed it, then the money bought you something which gave you happiness, therefore, money essentially bought you happiness. The only merit to the saying is that money can't buy all things that make you happy.

November 15th, 2011, 1:54 PM
If you are going to ask me, I believe in the joke once said that:

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure more comfortable to cry in a limousine.

It cannot really buy happiness. However, it can buy causes of temporary enjoyment, like vehicles, luxury items, technology. And for the people in our society nowadays, temporary happiness= lifetime happiness.

November 15th, 2011, 3:08 PM
I'd say the extremely wealthy person probably overall has more happiness than the person who has to live paycheck to paycheck, so in that sense, yeah, being financially well off does help in having a happy life.

Centiflora X
November 18th, 2011, 3:16 PM
Wait, is happiness everyone's top priority? What is happiness? Do we really need happiness? And if so, why? Would someone die physically without it? If happiness is so important, surely someone must have figured out how to easily be happy without money all the time already and teach it as part of some kind of school curriculum or something.

November 20th, 2011, 10:32 PM
Being happy is something related to the person personality...i believe yes,money won't ever buy happiness....for exampel,you prefer if you're lost and isolated in a far away island and you have lots and lots of gold...or have not bad credit while being around friends and family...

Shining Raichu
November 21st, 2011, 12:04 AM
Wait, is happiness everyone's top priority? What is happiness? Do we really need happiness? And if so, why? Would someone die physically without it? If happiness is so important, surely someone must have figured out how to easily be happy without money all the time already and teach it as part of some kind of school curriculum or something.

What would be everyone's top priority, if not the pursuit of happiness? The fact that something isn't a physical requirement for survival doesn't make it unimportant to life. Happiness is what changes an existence into a life.

Gold warehouse
November 21st, 2011, 9:23 AM
Money can't buy happiness, but lack of money can make one unhappy. As long as you have enough to survive and entertain yourself (simple pleasures, not the dick that needs 3 holidays a year) then it shouldn't really be necessary. Of course some people's personalities clash with this.

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure more comfortable to cry in a limousine.
hahaha I love this

November 22nd, 2011, 1:09 AM
By the numbers, Drs. Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University think they know the answer to the question of what happiness is. Particularly, the physician duo investigated replies to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (GHWBI) questionnaire. They found that United States homes with a normal salary of at least $75,000 scored highest for emotional well-being. Source for this article: People are happiest at $75,000 per year, says study (http://personalmoneynetwork.com/moneyblog/2011/11/18/happiness-survey-says/)

These people might be experts on their profession but I guess we are more expert on what we really feel. Happiness is a deep meaning and you can never bought it on store.

November 22nd, 2011, 11:48 PM
Money can't buy happiness, but it can certainly obtain the things necessary to get it!

November 25th, 2011, 8:16 PM
sure it can!

say you were a starving child in calcutta and angelina jolie adopted you... you'd be pretty stoked once you got over being half dead (:

or think about how great it feels when you've bought your mom something she's always wanted, or if you could finally afford to go on a honeymoon with your prince charming.

but if you're talking about constantly being in a state of high energy and optimism, CONSTANTLY being in that state, then no. it buys happiness with expiry dates. just the way life goes.

Trance and Moss
November 25th, 2011, 10:06 PM
Happiness is an emotion, and money cannot directly buy an emotion.

However, money can be used to buy objects which may cause a person to feel the emotion of happiness.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
November 27th, 2011, 6:19 AM
I just know that if I had lots of money, I'd be much happier than I am now. A lack of money cannot possibly lead to happiness.

November 27th, 2011, 6:41 AM
Maybe, maybe not.

If you are a selfish person who wants to control everything in the world, then money will buy you happiness. http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff286/nfforums/NF%20smilies/Quite.gif

If I had more money I would be more happy then I am right now.http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff286/nfforums/hmpf.gif

December 15th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Money doesn't buy happiness. No amount of money will bring back lost relatives, or get rid of your relative's illnesses. It's fleeting and temporary.

September 20th, 2012, 10:29 PM
I won't accept if money can buy a happiness. We need money for our life. We are luck for having a lot of money since peoples in outside there doesn't luck like us. If we got a lot of money, I recommended to giving it to peoples who really need it. It make a peoples who receive it feel happy. Not only that, you should be happy too because you have just share a happiness right? :D
Share money=happiness

September 20th, 2012, 10:45 PM
Please don't revive old threads guys.