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Being rich won't make you happy?
Economics

plymgary
Sep 13, 2007
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thales
Sep 13, 2007
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I do honestly believe it. I believe it mainly because the entire body of scientific research on happiness tells me so, but also because I know better than to believe that what I want is the same as what will make me happy.

I want chocolate; I am unhappy if I gain weight. The chocolate might have made me happy the same way that money makes an acquisitive person happy: briefly. The memory of it does not continue to bring us joy, much in the same way that our bodies cannot physically remember pain, and so it becomes a race for more.

Money is different from chocolate, of course, in that rather than being the thing desired for its own sake, it is desired because it can buy, for example, chocolate, but in the end the fact remains that you are who you are no matter how much stuff you have, and if you were unhappy to start with, there's nothing that money will buy to change that.

 
thales
Sep 13, 2007
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They've done studies.

I'd certainly prefer to be rich, and a windfall of money will always be nice, but over time people's happiness is unaffected by their financial status. I'm afraid we'll have to look elsewhere to justify the pursuit of wealth.

 
juggernaut
Sep 13, 2007
1 convinced
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Being rich will make your temporarily happy. Once you realize that you have nothing to work for, you get bored of life.

 
rhys
Sep 13, 2007
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1 Timothy 6:10 - For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.

 
sandifromlargo
Sep 13, 2007
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Have you ever read the history of people that have won the lottery? Most no longer have it and are in worse conditions then before they had it! Having money is definitely better than the alternative, because it allows you to live a healthier life style. BUT, people that do not have money can and are happy also. Happiness is not what you can buy.
Example, a man can work all of his life and still have nothing, but be happy with his life as is. His retirement might seem frugal to some, but if he is content there's no problem with the preparation he did or didn't do. Another man can work all of his life, invest a portion of his earnings and retire with sufficient funds to live a happy lifestyle. Content in the knowledge that he has prepared himself financially for retirement. A third man, can win the lottery, drastically changing his lifestyle. BUT, if he doesn't do the pre-work and use common sense, he might end up worse off than the first two. If he uses a common sense approach and puts back a portion as investment, he could end up content also.
Happiness is NOT what you have, it is how content are you with what you have and how do you utilize it and how you handle the action of preparation and responsibility of having it.

Bible reader or not, RHYS is right, "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil." If you have no respect for money you will become its slave. There is nothing WRONG with having it, it is how you use it! Common sense counts!

 
rhys
Sep 16, 2007
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you should. It is the biggest seller of all time and its entire purpose is to allow humans to achieve happyness and self fulfillment.

 
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plymgary
Sep 13, 2007
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Although being rich won't make you happy it can give you the resources to secure happiness. Financial security can alleviate much stress as those with monetary difficulties are usually unhappy with the situation.

The surplus in disposable funds can also allow people to fulfil ambitions that they might not have been able to do otherwise.

Of course, having money can cause it's own problems (hangers on etc.) but i think, as a whole, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.

So, money can't guarantee happiness but, if handled correctly, can lead the bearer onto the path of happiness.

 
nicholasyeo
Sep 13, 2007
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Do you actually believe that money cannot make people happy? Ever heard of the story of the Fox who could not eat grapes and told himself that they were sour? Well that is self deception and quite close to what is said about money. What is most important to us nowadays is money. People leave behind morals and anything for money. They rob. They steal. Even that little time they have with this stolen money, they enjoy. They do whatever they want and enjoy that freedom till the law catches up. If you have watched the movie "Last Holiday", you will understand that money can buy happiness, but because of money, many problems do arise. Money is good and bad as plymgary has said. And look at Bill Gates. So what. His wealth is not stopping him from being happy.... He just enjoys himself and he will lead a fufilling life because he has help others who are less fortunate. Money can make and break people. Its like water. It can kill (Tsunami). But it keeps us alive everyday. Every drop of water. People die because of the lack of it.
Health is wealth. How about this to add on to that: Wealth is health.

 
plymgary
Sep 13, 2007
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I really have no interest in what the bible says I'm afraid.

 
plymgary
Sep 13, 2007
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Thats a fair point juggernaut but working in employment isn't the only thing that keeps life exciting.

For example, if I had tonnes of money I would travel the world for as long as I could. I can guarantee I wouldn't get bored of that!

 
vancam
Sep 13, 2007
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Agreed.

It's not like I walk around all day thinking I am richer than most people in Africa and that makes me any happier.

There is always someone richer than you with more nice things.

 
bastard
Sep 18, 2007
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It buys a jet ski. try frowning on a jet ski.

 
bastard
Sep 18, 2007
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you can pay a therapist too.

 


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