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Money can't buy happiness.

  1. Aug 13, 2009 #1
    Money can't buy happiness.......

    Do you agree with "The more we earn, the more likely we are to complain about lack of time because we equate our high earnings with a sense of entitlement to more leisure and feel resentful that time cannot be stretched."
     
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  3. Aug 13, 2009 #2

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    No. I work more now and make less then I ever have in my entire life. Time does not = money. When I made more, I worked less and was happier and had more free quality time.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2009 #3

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    I can't remember who it was (a classic comic such as W.C. Fields or Groucho Marx) who pointed out that while money can't buy happiness, it can rent it for a couple of hours.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2009 #4

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    isn't that what's greed all about? just wanting everything to be on your side :rolleyes:
     
  6. Aug 13, 2009 #5
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    I generally disagree with all hypothetical statements I come across.
     
  7. Aug 13, 2009 #6
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    I agree with that. The harder you work the less you make. Myself as an example, because of my experience/skill I can do a large amount of work with a lot less effort than others in my industry. I used to work my but off and wondered why I wasn't making it. Takes time and a little bit of attitude.
     
  8. Aug 13, 2009 #7
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    You are wondering about how to become happy, but happiness is not a goal : it is a feeling. One can not buy happiness anymore than one can buy love. People felt happy (and sad) even before the concept of money was invented. The problem with projecting happiness into the future, is that happiness is in the path to the goal, not the goal itself. It is now, not tomorrow.
     
  9. Aug 13, 2009 #8
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    What is happiness?

    I don't see the word happiness in the OP
    " Do you agree with "The more we earn, the more likely we are to complain about lack of time because we equate our high earnings with a sense of entitlement to more leisure and feel resentful that time cannot be stretched."
    So I am not even sure if happiness is used in above.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2009 #9
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    The notion that "money can't buy happiness" is a completely naive one. For some people a strong, high earning career can be really rewarding. For others the freedom of spending can be very rewarding. Other people love the IDEA of not being a materialist person (which gives them some happiness). I've always felt that happiness was the fortuitous combination of outlook+genetics+circumstance. And money can definetly play positively into that. Furthermore, the wealthiest people often work fewer ours. That's one of the perks of becoming a high level executive. If you work your butt off, make good choices and are supremely lucky you may find yourself very wealthy with few work hours and the rest of the world will hate you for no particularly rational reason. Which could have an effect on your "happiness"
     
  11. Aug 13, 2009 #10
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    It's when you open your eyes in the morning with the will to get out of your bed for another wonderful day.
     
  12. Aug 13, 2009 #11
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    Unhappiness is resisting the present moment. For the present moment is the only thing that exists.
     
  13. Aug 13, 2009 #12
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    But money can get rid of...
     
  14. Aug 13, 2009 #13
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    Another question: does money get rid of loneliness?
     
  15. Aug 13, 2009 #14
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    Hypotheticals lead to no where avant-garde.
     
  16. Aug 13, 2009 #15

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    Money can buy you lots of things. Even sech... :biggrin:
     
  17. Aug 13, 2009 #16

    Evo

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    It can. Money can allow you to go out and meet people, it can allow you to learn and feel more confident, it can allow you to look better which can make you feel better and become more outgoing. Money can improve your health which would enable you to get out more and meet new people. All in all, money is good.

    And if you don't want your money, send it to ME!!!
     
  18. Aug 13, 2009 #17

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    sure it does, but it would be [bogus], you would still feel lonely. you just can’t buy the feeling of what so ever, unless your fine with fakes
     
  19. Aug 13, 2009 #18

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    I lived very poor for several years, just hand-to-mouth. Earning a little more money brought me out of that, and that made me very happy, to not be so close to the edge.

    But after I earned enough to meet my basic needs, I found more money didn't bring more happiness.
     
  20. Aug 13, 2009 #19
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    This is the offshoot of "money can't buy you happiness" nonsense which is "money can't buy you friend". Sure it can. This is just that tired old stereotype of the lonely executive (the Charles Foster Kane) who has everything and nothing. Let us not forget that "networking" is just another word for meeting people and that in general successful business people are very outgoing. On top of that, even if you were wealth and had no friends there are still many options, which you would call "wholesome", available to people with money that are not as freely available to those without. You could take a couple classes, start a hobby, tour a foreign country.

    In addition, there are plenty of poor lonely people so if a person is a wealthy lonely person it's just as like that that is simply their personality.
     
  21. Aug 13, 2009 #20
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    I heard almost the exact quote from "quirks and quarks" (A science radio show.)
     
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