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Can Money Buy Happiness?

Maybe more cash does make people happier. Especially salient are analyses done by University of Pennsylvania economists Daniel Sacks, Betsey Stevenson, and Justin Wolfers. In their updated 2010 study, “Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and Growth,” the three compare subjective well-being survey data from 140 countries with those countries' income and economic growth rates. The researchers find that within individual countries richer people are happier than poorer; people in richer countries are happier than people in poorer countries; and over time increased economic growth leads to increased happiness. “These results together suggest that measured subjective well-being grows hand in hand with material living standards,” they conclude..


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    Jan 27 2013: can medicating your children make you happy? heating in winter time? leaving famines behind? a buddhist would argue that these are not important things. but even buddha taught that if you can, make yourself comfortable, so there are less distractions. but for an average man, these things are of huge importance. but it does not stop at this level. who would disagree that having a computer, having internet access, having proper clothing, healthy food, modern health care, car, maybe air conditioning, less work hours, ability to visit places and relax makes your life more enjoyable? again, maybe hardcore buddhists or monks.

    for all those that believe money does not buy happiness, this is my message: if you are not a monk, you are a hypocrite.
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      Jan 28 2013: Hi Krisztian
      Q2. Do you think that happiness is more under the influence of external variables, and, more stuffs will lead to a happier life?
      Q3. What are the main characteristics of your ideal life?
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        Jan 28 2013: if stuff is a vaccine that eliminates the risk of deadly diseases in childhood, then pretty much yes, it does lead to happier life. i'm kind of certain that parents with their children alive and well are happier than those that lost a child due to a horrible disease.

        again, i understand the opposing side. if the dalai lama tells me that this is not the real happiness, i tend to agree that. but let us forgive ourselves for not being a buddhist monk in this life, and get that damn vaccination without shame.
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      Jan 28 2013: Dear Krisztián,
      I do not believe that money buys happiness, I am neither a monk or a hypocrite. That is a bit of a stretch for a general statement.....don't you think?

      I agree with you that medications, leaving famines behind, heating our home in the winter are factors that may make us more comfortable, and no doubt can contribute to our happiness/contentment. Do you think/feel that there may be different levels of happiness? Contentment? How we perceive these comforts?

      To use one of your examples of comfort...
      I am content and comfortable because I have a home, which is an insulated, wooden structure with wood stoves. I have interacted with people in remote areas of our world who have tiny mud huts, with a little fire in the middle, and they have seemed to be equally as content, and appreciate their "comfort" as I am with my comfort.

      Some people think I am nuts for wanting to heat with wood....have to cut it, haul it, stoke the fires constantly if I want to be warm. Some folks think that my choice of "comfort", is WAY too much work, and prefer to simply hit the thermostat, and turn on the oil, gas or electric heat. Then, of course, many people in our world do not even have a home.

      Do you think/feel that what we may experience as happiness/contentment is sometimes based on our individual perceptions, life experiences and/or our choices?
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        Jan 28 2013: " agree with you that medications, [...] are factors that may make us more comfortable, and no doubt can contribute to our happiness/contentment"

        these can be bought with money. hence, money can buy happiness. unless you use doublethink of course.
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          Jan 28 2013: Ok....lots of people buy "medications"....sometimes in the form of perscription drugs....sometimes in the form of illegal drugs and alcohol. Do you perceive these people to always be happy/content?
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        Jan 28 2013: why would that be interesting? as far as i know, the question was whether money CAN buy happiness, not that if everything money buys leads to happiness.

        you yourself agreed that money can buy drugs that heal. a drug that heals can cause happiness. as a consequence: money can buy happiness. topic closed.
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          Jan 28 2013: Oh Krisztián.....you are funny! If it is not interesting to you dear Krisztián, and if the topic is "closed" to you.....so be it......LOL:>)

          My perception, is that money can indeed buy "things" that may contribute to a person's happiness. Money can also buy the same "things" for different people, who do not choose to be happy.

          So, my conclusion, is that money DOES NOT buy happiness, because happiness/contentment is a CHOICE regardless of how much money we have, or how many "things" the money we have allows us to buy:>)

          I realize this may not be of interest to you, and it might be to someone else.....that also is a choice.....in my humble perception:>)

          The only reason I entered in conversation with you Krisztián, is because of your statement...
          "for all those that believe money does not buy happiness, this is my message: if you are not a monk, you are a hypocrite."

          It seems clear that you do not understand, nor do you want to understand my perception, and that is ok:>)
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        Jan 28 2013: let me summarize your position

        1. money can buy stuff
        2. stuff can make people happy
        3. money can not buy happiness

        do you maintain these statements? time for me to leave then
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          Jan 28 2013: Let me clarify my position Krisztián.

          1. Money can buy stuff.
          2. I do not believe that stuff can make people happy.
          I believe that happiness/contentment is a choice that is not dependant on how much stuff a person has.
          3. Money cannot buy happiness because happiness is a choice regardless of how much money or stuff a person has.
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        Jan 28 2013: so you revoke that of your statement:

        "I agree with you that medications, leaving famines behind, heating our home in the winter are factors that may make us more comfortable, and no doubt can contribute to our happiness"

        it is false
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          Jan 28 2013: Krisztián,

          My comments are pretty clear. I did not "revoke" anything and I think you know that.

          It serves no useful purpose to try to confuse the issue, or label people "hypocrite" when you disagree or do not understand a perspective other than your own. This behavior only demonstrates a very narrow view on your part.
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        Jan 28 2013: i narrowly accept logically consistent views only. my bad.
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          Jan 28 2013: It is very logically consistent to me that happiness/contentment is a choice that cannot be bought.

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