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Is money the only way to reach happiness, satisfaction, or sense of completion?

It seems like money is the only way to get one's wish.
Do you really need money to be happy?
What are other ways in which people reach happiness, satisfaction, or sense of completion?

Maybe that special someone gives you that sense of completion and happiness. Any other examples would be great. What do you do to enjoy life?

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    Oct 30 2013: We only need as much money as it takes to cover our basic needs.

    If our personal wealth is below that threshold, then potential happiness gets smothered by survival needs. Add to that the mix of guilt, shame, inadequacy that one is unable to survive successfully in a society that judges one on that ability, then happiness is as distant a goal as it could possibly get. Why else do people feel the need to get into outrageous and crippling amounts of debt, just to have a symbol of financial success parked on the drive?

    The converse may also be true in a society that does NOT judge people on their accumulation of wealth. Happiness is more likely to be self-perpetuated, more profound as a result, and independent of personal wealth.

    In our broken society, the following is the first issue that needs to be addressed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slTF_XXoKAQ

    Mend this, and the rest will follow.
    • Nov 11 2013: nice, maslow hierarchy of needs.

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