If Money Can Buy Happiness Essays

1112 Words Oct 30th, 2016 5 Pages
If money can buy happiness, then why are the wealthy not constantly happy and the poor constantly upset? Fancy clothes, nice cars, and big houses are equivalent to someone’s happiness right? Wrong. People do not need to have any of these things to actually be happy in life long-term. According to the economist Tibor Scitovsky, happiness is defined by,” work satisfaction, friendship, and the pleasures of solitary thought, reading, and other forms of non-commercial leisure” (Lane). If this is the case then there is no way that money could be a fundamental attribute to a person’s happiness. Jonathan Freedman pointed out in Happy People that, “[t]he rich are not more likely to be happy than those with moderate incomes; the middle class is not more likely to be ... happy than those with lower incomes.... For the majority of Americans, money, whatever else it does, does not bring happiness” (Lane). Although money may provide short term happiness it is not able to offer someone a lifetime of happiness because to achieve some kind of happiness one would have strong relationships, optimism, and high self-esteem.
Throughout life people are faced with many trials and tribulations that sometimes can not be fixed with money alone. Even though money may be able to lend a helping hand to some situations, happiness is usually found when someone close is there as a support mechanism. This support can be given by a family member, close friend, or significant other.” [A] satisfying family…

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