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Money or Happiness?

Money or happiness?

What is more important in life you ask? In America where I live, money seems to be the purpose of most people’s life. We live in a capitalist economy that promotes the goal of making more money at whatever the cost. There are many people who lie, cheat, and steal to gain another dollar at the expense of another person’s happiness. Oftentimes these people are glamorized for their cut-throat, deceiving, and manipulative actions if these actions result in more money. But is this necessary?

“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.” – Henry David Thoreau

We hear of superstars and celebrities that make more money in an hour than some of us do in a year, and yet they are attempting suicide! Examples include: Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Billy Joel, Elton John, Britney Spears, Mike Tyson, Vanilla Ice, Hank Williams, Jr., and Owen Wilson.

Perhaps you are here because you are about to choose a career path or simply need justification that it’s ok that you’re not loaded to the brim.

Money and Happiness
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We’ll I’m here to present both sides of the story:

Money ­– Many say money buys happiness, if one has a crazy amount of money than they will be able to afford those things that bring happiness. They will be able to buy those things they need and have the necessities of life that promote happiness.

Happiness – Others say, money does not buy happiness. Happiness comes from within and is something you have the power to increase. One’s happiness comes from doing what they enjoy (for those looking into career’s), focusing on optimism, and appreciating the people in their lives.

The Research Ramble: According to a study by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Money does buy happiness, but only up to $75,000. People who made $75,000 and up had no reported difference in their happiness level, however people who made less than $75,000 showed a lower amount of happiness and the less they made the more unhappy they were.

The good news! It has also been found that people’s happiness is affected by those who they live around. When one’s neighbors make more than them, this decreases their happiness. So the trick is to place yourself somewhere, where you are on top, or force yourself to not care about keeping up with the Joneses.

It is my opinion that money is not necessary to be happy. That is why we have this free website for all to use! While money certainly can help happiness, I believe it to be the root of all evil and that one should not concern themselves with making more money than is necessary to live. When it comes to choosing a career, by all means, choose something you love! You will spend basically your entire life in this career, don’t let the smell of $$$ lead you to living a life you hate. I think if you work on being happy first, you will find the money you need to live a simple happy life will come more easily to you.

“No matter how hard you hug your money, it never hugs back.”  – Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Money or Happiness Debate

Please, share your thoughts in the comments below! Which side are you on: Money or Happiness?

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