Can money buy happiness?

It’s a 7-syllable question: Can money buy happiness? This is a very well debated and thought out topic. People have been arguing, brawling and sometimes even engaging in civil discourses about this topic. But it seems like a very simple question, right?

Nope.

It’s pretty complicated — it’s a matter of different perspectives, perception of goals of life, socioeconomic status and many more factors. So how do we answer this?

Let’s try to break it down:

What the question asks is whether money, the standard way to buy almost anything, of any sort, can purchase happiness, the most important thing in life.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Let’s be frank — we LOVE money. Having money feels good, doesn’t it? Recall your first payday, or the first time you got your allowance. It is highly likely that you felt happy. Money gives us a sense of safety and security, which in turn gives us happiness — we don’t need to worry whether we will have sufficient money to buy things we want, or even thing we need like food the next day, a problem that 42.2 million Americans that live in food insecure households face.

Now this isn’t to say that we value money above all — most of us wouldn’t mind donating a few cents or even a couple of dollars to charity, since we know it will go to help someone. And, rightly, some will refute that possessing money does not make them feel happy. While that may be true, it is undeniable that having monetary security is in itself a way to indirectly obtain happiness.

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