Skip to comments.Its Official! Money Can Buy You Happiness
Posted on 06/07/2014 6:35:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A new research has claimed that money can ensure happiness.
The report on well-being has found that richer people rate their life satisfaction higher than those on lower incomes, which suggests that money can indeed ensure happiness, the Daily Express reported.
According to the Office for National Statistics which surveyed 8,000 adults, poorest 20 per cent of UK households saw life satisfaction at 6.9 on a scale of 0 to 10, while the richest rated theirs at an average of 7.77 and the more money people received from the state, such as housing benefit or jobseeker's allowance, the more anxious and unhappy they were.
The survey also found that the impact of unemployment or sickness appeared to be felt more by men than women. (
Even if money doesn’t buy happiness it allows one to search for it in many interesting places.
Have a friend who used to say that money cannot buy happiness but it allows you to be in some very nice places in which to be unhappy.
It can sure by a reasonable facsimile.
Woody Allen said success simply means you get rejected by a higher class of woman.
Rush says no matter how rich you are you never consider yourself rich.
If I hit the Powerball tonight, I’m going to test that theory.
Up to a certain amount I think it can make one more secure which would tend to make you more happy. At least it could keep you from being miserable in poverty.
After 30 or 40 million it probably doesn’t add anything. I remember the specials on “The History Channel” about America’s richest and most powerful people in the 19th century.
The Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Carnegies etc. According to the show their wealth in modern terms was in the hundreds of billions. I doubt they were more content than regular wealthy people.
This explains why the corrupt obama/holder regime is so intent on punishing on those who create wealth. Like their follow union thugs thoughout history such as Eugene V. Debs, Samuel Gompers and “Big” Bill Haywood, hussein obama and his today eric holder resent those who have prospered and achieved happiness. Their anti-business policies seek to limit prosperity and happiness. And they’ve done a swell job of that wickedness. But a Sarah Palin Presidency is not far off and with it, the return of American Exceptionalism.
The thing about easily getting what ever you want, is that those things then have NO VALUE.
Without value, they no longer satisfy.
Therefore, one must search for something new.
People who can buy ‘anything’ are only temporarily happy. They stay happy as long as their money lasts, and as long as they can dream up new ‘wants’.
This is the reason the powerful end up subscribing to the most perverse vices. ‘Normal’ no longer satisfies them.
It is hard to believe that fame and fortune create lasting happiness, as many of the rich and famous commit suicide.
Let's purse government policies that increase citizens' happiness.
Shoot, if I had no debt and a guaranteed income of $25,000 a year (without working, because I do have a lazy streak) I could be happy. Just knowing I could wander all over the world, live a year here, a year there... I mean, it’s my version of happiness, which is rather solitary, Spartan, and weird, but ... that’s all it would take.
In Western society one needs a certain amount of money to be happy.Enough for at least the basics.Maybe even enough for a little more than the basics.But a Ferrari rather than a sturdy Buick...or an 8 bedroom 12 bath mansion rather than a 3 bedroom Colonial ain’t gonna make you happier.
I guess the opposite would be dirt poor and we don’t have to experience that first hand to know that it sucks and leads to unhappiness.
Money allows you to live an imperfect life like everybody, but you get to choose your imperfect life.
“I don’t care about losing all the money. It’s losing all the stuff.”
Money buys happiness — if you spend on someone else
I think the mistake in this argument is to consider money alone. Usually, power and prestige goes with the money, and power/prestige is more of a drug with money a close second.
I think the Democrats depend on this anxiety to drive their voters to the polls.
What happens is that would get old, and then what would be your next enjoyment. Most people spend their whole lives focusing on maybe 3-4 things. If rich, the problem still exists as the focus is different, but still runs out.
Its Official! Money Can Buy You Happiness
Not true. Money cannot buy happiness as anyone with money is happy to confirm.
Money can, however, remove many of the obstacles and impediments to happiness for those so inclined
> “A new research has claimed that money can ensure happiness.” [article]<
“Ensure”? A difference of 7.77 to 6.9 does not imply “ensure”. Actually that difference seems surprisingly small between the poorest 20% and the richest. If 5 is the dividing line between having and not having life satisfaction, then both groups said they had it. Being in the top 20% does tend to help some, though.
Money, besides being a cause of happiness, may be an effect. People who are depressed usually lack energy to go out and earn much money. (In the statistics this would be counter-balanced to some degree by persons who can be relatively happy with little money, such as myself. I’d rather be rich, of course, but not enough to take great pains to become so.)
I’ve always said money may not buy happiness but it can sure make the downpayment.
Every honest person already knew this.
MONEY CAN BUY HAPPINESS. Anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a moron.
Well, I don't know, but when I retire in 8-9 years, I'm going to give it a shot and see how long it takes me to get tired of it.
> MONEY CAN BUY HAPPINESS. Anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a moron.<
Well, maybe some happiness, at least temporarily, but not all rich persons stay happy (people tend to get used to what they have, and take it for granted). Some rich persons are more miserable than some poor persons. The autobiographies of rich persons bear witness to that. Some even commit suicide.
Well the obamaramadingdongs have been doing that with taxpayer money for the last five years. Things are really going to suck for the girls when mom and dad have to spend their own money, the party will be over.
I thought it was faith and sunshine: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/Statistical_Correlations.html
The problem with this is that happiness is not static, but dynamic. Let’s say in third grade you got straight ‘A’s, and it made you happy. But because you chewed a Pop-Tart to look like a gun, you were expelled, so never “graduated” from third grade. So you have to take the whole year over.
Suddenly your happiness for getting straight ‘A’s has been reduced to misery, even if you continue getting straight ‘A’s.
The truth of this is found in a poll of rich people, who were asked if they felt “wealthy”, and how much money would they need to have to feel “wealthy”.
Typically, they didn’t feel wealthy, but thought that someone with two to five times as much money as them would feel wealthy.
However, there is a point were having cash money is actually bad, because it is sitting idle, not invested.
So beyond a certain amount of money, everything is invested. As one late 19th Century multimillionaire put it (approximately): “I have 50 million dollars in the bank, but I’m no better off than my neighbor down the street who only has 30 million dollars.”
While he likely said this tongue in cheek, there is some real wisdom there.
I’m gonna file this in the “No sh*t, Sherlock!” folder.
Money is nothing more than a medium of exchange. Of course people who are not worried about their ability to survive are happier. Please note the article also said that the more dependent people are on the state for money, the more unhappy they are. It’s not about money, it’s about the competence to manage one’s life and provide for one’s family.
People who live for money tend to be quite unhappy and often lonely. People who strive to provide for their families and succeed are happy indeed, as they should be.
Anyone who had to do a study to figure that out is probably working on a government grant and does not need to produce anything of value. . .and hence, is probably not very happy.
“....richer people rate their life satisfaction higher than those on lower incomes....”
Would you rather be happy and poor or happy and rich?
For one thing, it can by lots of top quality psychotherapy. Not to mention rest and access to many wonderful things.
If someone chooses not to be happy, he won't be.
Some choose alcohol--drugs--shallow or destructive relationships--obesity--things that will not bring happiness.
But for those who want happiness, money will get you there much faster than poverty will.
True. I recently read ‘thinking fast thinking slow’ and well done studies tell us that once you attain a relatively meager level on ‘wealth’, more money gets you nothing on the happiness scale.