The saying is not, ''Money is the route of all evil'' but "...the LOVE of money is a ROOT of all kinds of evil." 1Timothy 6:10. This scripture essentially agrees with the author basic premise, which shows that God gave us the answer to this question about 1900 years before psychology was invented. Thanks be to God.
The saying is not, ''Money is the route of all evil'' but "...the LOVE of money is a ROOT of all kinds of evil." 1Timothy 6:10. This scripture essentially agrees with the author basic premise, which shows that God gave us the answered this question about 1900 years before psychology was invented. Thanks be to God.
2/13/2013 3:45:56 PM
I was pretty poor once, living paycheque to paycheque. Every month was spent trying to find a better job, trying to spend less than $50 per grocery run, trying to figure out which bill I could go without paying and not get dinged too hard for.
That is stressful, scary and uncomfortable. Creditors calling, eating macaroni because it's all that is left and wearing the same ripped pants every other day sucks.
Then I got a better paying job (that I hate)
HAPPINESS LEVEL INCREASED SOOOOO MUCH!!!
I can pay bills, eat dinner, go see friends, go visit my family members and not worry about it killing me financially.
I may hate my job but it gives me benefits and now I can finally afford to get my horribly painful wisdom teeth removed!
money bought my happiness.
1/21/2013 11:00:55 AM
"Money is the route of all evil." It's misquoted again. It's "The love of money is the root of all evil." Big difference. Obviously, you can have money and be very moral. You can have no money and be immoral. It's where your heart is that is important.
Having been in a financially comfortable position and now not so much, I definitely agree that as long as your basic needs are met, your level of happiness won't change. However, having financial means certainly can buy a lot of fun and create more options for your life.
Definitely found that Harvard study interesting. So often it is stated without qualification that "money can't buy happiness", pointing to the wealthy man who isn't as happy as the poor man. However, below a certain point a LACK of money can definitely deplete our ability to be happy with the stresses and worries associated with lacking basics like food and shelter. Very few would be measurably happy while starving, sick, and homeless - and happy happy joy joy talk about money not buying happiness won't change that.
Firstly, I would define the word, " Happiness', as a feeling that most of the things is in your life meets your goals.If we look at what happened in Newtown I don't think that any amount of money could ameliorate the pain of loss suffered by the parents who lost children. However, there are degrees of, ' Happiness" where money can enhance one's life, as stated in the article.Happiness depends upon many stages of life: in some instances money can ensure that you have the best medical care, can hire a full time aide/house keeper if you need assistance so that you don't end up in a nursing home. At a certain age the fact that the past looms larger than the present which means that we understand that illness and death are in our future in a very palpable way won't change if we have lots of money. What money can do at this stage of life is to help one go on trips and be able to afford other types of entertainment as a barrier against thinking negative thoughts relating to aging. Creature comforts help us feel secure, especially if we have the money to pay for them.I think that there is a balance between having large amounts of money and accepting the challenges that LIFE throws in our path when we least expect it. There is no doubt in my mind that havmng enough funds to be secure is related to happiness although that doesn't necessarily happen.
I think the key is "once basic needs are met." After a certain point, more money doesn't add to happiness, but it's very hard to be happy when hungry or homeless or without the ability to pay for medical treatment.
My happiness has never depended on money, in fact, many of the happier times in my life have been during the years when sacrafice and struggle were the daily norm. After acheiving some amount of success and money I bought some cars and toys like a boat. I got bored of these items and just sold it all and now have ample reserves. I keep it simple and am much happier this way.
10/29/2012 2:34:28 PM
The quote from a celebrity: "I've been rich and I've been poor, and rich is better!" :-)
As a young couple, my husband and I struggled and made sacrifices in order for me to stay at home with our children. I would have given up many things to have the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom---and I did.. Yes, we made do with a single income, and pared our expenses to the bone. It is not the choice of everyone, but the choice was right for me, for my husband, and for our children. The best decision I ever made.!! Indeed, having more money --- or being home with children, (a true career by the way) was a no brainer to me. Love and sacrifices can reap greater reward than lots of money. ...
I have had both, and even though money can't buy happiness, it sure makes everyday living easier. You can have all the money in the world, and still be fat, depressed, lonely. But you don't have to worry about the rent, food, transportation. Plus you have the money to address the issues that are in your life. So given the choice i will take money. But at the present, I am not rich, I am comfortable, and I am happy. Finding that balance is whats important. I found I could live and be very happy with a lot less that i used to have. But to some people i a considered well off. So it's really up to the individual.
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