Money makes life easier, an easier life = a happier life, in my situation anyways.
I dont care if that makes me shallow, or superficial or whatever.
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17-03-2012 15:09 #21
17-03-2012 15:18 #22
There was a study conducted that measured income to feelings of happiness and found there was a ceiling amount before there was no difference:
The amount was only $75k.
Could I be happy off that? Yes. It would pay my mortgage, my bills, get my groceries and maybe some savings and a holiday. I have no desire to be wealthy just sustainable.
I've never heard of anyone lamenting a lack of income as their lifes biggest regrets when they die.
17-03-2012 15:24 #23
I have read that financial stress can lead to early death, illness and marriage breakdown. Likewise, living in poverty has a plethora of associated issues which affect quality of life and subsequently affect happiness. So I'm going to say yes, it can.
ETA: This doesn't mean rich people don't get sick and die, because obviously they do. Overall though, their health is better than those who struggle financially (I'm not just talking in Australia where we have access to public health care facilities either).
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17-03-2012 15:44 #24Senior Member
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Money cannot buy absolute happiness but it definitely contributes to my happiness.
I am happier because I do not have to worry about paying bills, I can go on regular holidays and create different memories with my family, I can offer my son many opportunities that would be near impossible without money, and I can afford access to good health care etc.
It does not buy me true friends, family or the respect of others which are necessary for a fulfilled life.
I have no doubt that I could be happy on less but in all honesty I would not want to give up what I have to test that theory out.
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17-03-2012 15:52 #25
I definitely think so It does for me, anyway.
There are different kinds of happiness. Nothing in the world could ever make me as happy as my boys do, but that's a different kind of happiness.
I have one friend that I talk to now, and 3 people (besides the boys) I consider to be my family members. When I have money in the bank, none of that matters to me. Looking at my savings can make me feel better no matter what is going on. Money definitely makes me happy
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17-03-2012 16:18 #27Senior Member
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Mmm.. I love op shopping. my favourite dress which made me super happy cost $1. My children don't have the best of anything. I have never owned a nice car. Our house is a small weatherboard shack, in a cheap suburb. We use public school. We rarely go out for dinner. A holiday for us is a long drive up north to stay with family. BuT enough food to feed my kids makes me happy, being able to put petrol in the car or get it serviced makes me happy, hot water, all the little things that cost money and just make life flow more smoothly.. They do make you happy. Poverty makes people very unhappy. As a kid, we would be so poor and my mum would cry because she couldn't afford a school excursion or a proper grocery shop. As others said, there is a level of money which does make you happier than you would be without it
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17-03-2012 16:19 #28
We live working out means.. Usually lol.. Money makes me very happy! I love being secure and able to afford the good stuff.. We've been poor before and no it's not fun.
So for us.. Yes .. Also I don't care what people think of me for it because I've done it tough before , I know what it's like to struggle and yes it puts pressure on being happy!
I love having play money :-))
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17-03-2012 16:53 #29Feel my wrath!
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I think once you eliminate financial stress it makes no difference. we've done it tough, it sucked. I appreciate that I could afford to take my cranky kids out for sushi in the park, it made my day easier without the guilt of worrying about where the $ 12 would come from..
Ultimately All I want in life is to own a nice family home outright , love, feed and clothe my children and give them a good education...everything beyond that is unnecessary. Nice, but unnecessary.
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17-03-2012 16:57 #30has left the building
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Money makes life easier in terms of eliminating a stress - not having to stress about paying bills, being able to afford things as you need them without worrying about the cost etc.
Does they mean you will be happy? not necessary - if you are a deeply unhappy person money isn't going to fix it.
So my answer is yes and no - i don't think it is money that makes happiness but it does create an easier life and that is turn can make for a happier life but it isn't guaranteed. Many rich people are miserable and many poor people are happy.
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