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Deepak Sharma

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What is more valuable to you money, reputation or internal happiness ?

Sometimes I think, money is everything we need, It can solve all the problems.
Sometimes I think, It is not money that makes you useful to society, It is your work that makes reputation for you.
Sometimes I think, Both as useless until you don't find your happiness, what do we get after we lose our own happiness.

So what do you think, Is this the Happiness or Joy that makes you useful to this society and gives you energy to continuously work for it, or there are some other things you do consider ?

Dark side:
If you have money, you can earn things that can bring happiness on your face but not necessarily in you.
Reputation makes you respectful in society but one can get false reputation with money power.
Finally Happiness is far from these things and it is not permanent, it could not bring money and reputation to you, So what do you think which one is superior ?


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    Jul 3 2013: This is a very interesting question.
    I personally view that all of these interlink, they are not necessarily mutually exclusive. For instance, your reputation will greatly affect how happy you are. While how much money you have will also influence your well-being, yet only to a certain point (otherwise known as the "Easterlin Paradox").
    However if I did have to choose one, it would be "internal happiness". Due to the fact that it would (ironically) make me the most "happy" for the longest amount of time.
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      Jul 4 2013: Thanks Bernard for your valuable contribution, Would you like to tell me more on Easterlin Paradox, It sounds interesting..

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