A friend of mine would often say : Money may not buy you happiness. But at least it keeps you miserable in comfort. Ask anyone who’s broke!
Of course, that is only one point of view.
Agreed that more money makes life look happier but all the time we do see people who have the money they want, but never seem to enjoy it the way they’re supposed to.
Naturally, we all have basic needs – who would opt for a life on the pavement or choose to be hungry, or even dirty?
Interestingly, there are studies that say that cash can buy a certain amount of satisfaction with life. But enjoyment? Not so much.
Cash can get you security, but happiness is a whole new ballgame.
Ultimately, joy, my dears, is not for sale.
So – lets look at what we can list as life’s basic needs.
For some this could be a roof over the head – regardless of the type of roof, a roof, running water even if it is cold and enough food so they don’t go hungry.
For others, it can go a step further and imply air conditioning, hot towels, gourmet food – you know what I mean!
Ultimately, it is a matter of individual perception, then.
Even so, some things are the same for everyone. These include:
- The desire to be treated with respect
- The desire to be surrounded by people who love us
- The desire to learn new things
- The desire to be involved in what we are good at
Can we put a price on these things?
I guess not.
Some years ago, while looking for something, I recall some promos that went:
The best blue chips you buy are the ones you dip in salsa
There’s no spending limit when it comes to spending time with family
For guaranteed return on investments, buy flowers
Finally, it all boils down to love, relationships and people.
Still, one cannot deny that it feels good to have the cash to do the things we want to do.
For me, I’d like money to survive, and also support the charities I am involved in. I’d like to have the money when a friend is in need so I can share. I’d like money for when I have a medical emergency. And of course, coffee.
But never so much that it slips over to the greed category.
The NY Daily News lists how money CAN buy happiness
What do you think?
What are your views on this?
Do you think money can buy you happiness?
And just so you know, money bought me a new camera for my birthday and that directly translates to happiness for me. Just sayin’! Check these out … I confess I am obsessed with these birds!
Look at it. A lesson in patience.
Noises don’t bother it. At most, it might extend its neck a bit. And that’s all you are getting, it seems to say, when I shout at it.
Oh yes, the neighbor is away. Free run of their place.
Yes, yes, bring your friends too!
Play all you like.
Or just walk around. The wall is the perfect width, right?
Or just chill and watch the world go by! No rush. “They also serve who stand and wait”
Hey, you not joining your friends?
And you? Oops. I can see you are busy!
Hey, hey…mi casa es su casa eh? Feel free to make yourself at home. Oh wait, you already did!
I am joining Mel at Stirrup Queens for MicroblogMondays