Happiness is a difficult word to define. Everyone possesses different perspectives of happiness from their own experience. Some people would say money can buy you happiness because they buy you friends, while others disagree. From my own perspective, I personally believe money could not buy eternal joy into your life. Money could buy you the basic needs in life for example food. Having a lot of money could be used to purchase fancy and expensive goods, but the happiness would only be limited. Besides that, money cannot buy you the emotions like love. Money is desired by everyone, but it can’t buy you everything, for example: your health or a deceased loved one and the memories made with them. Happiness is not determined by what your bank account
Happiness Theory Ordinarily, Merriam-Webster characterizes happiness in such a way that lends itself to feeling an unmistakable sense of accomplishment through success; moreover defined as “the state of being happy.” Accordingly, while money helps someone to attain an instant sense of gratification and success, it ultimately loses it’s authority when considering that happiness is often the simple equanimity felt by methods achieved other than through financially based means. The longstanding question, what causes somebody to be contented, often cogitated, still leaves people wondering if it is best to focus mainly on pecuniary success to realize unconditional innermost happiness.
Obviously, happiness is quite hard to attain. There is no fairy godmother to wave a wand and grant us happiness. We must go out into the world and seek it out for ourselves. What most people fail to realize about happiness is that it is different for everyone. There is no formula for happiness, only a set of guidelines to help us on our way. We should follow the golden mean and strive for goodness, whatever that may be. In the end, it seems that if we try our best to be good and moral human beings, we might just stumble across happiness in the process. Hey, what can I say, love it or hate it, that is just the way life works.
Imagine, someone losing a close love one; they are already grieving but also their love one had a large amount of debt and lived an unhappy life with no exposure to new experiences. Happiness is the state of being joyful; it’s the feeling that comes when one knows life is good. However, the question is can money really buy happiness? According to Gretchen Rubin, “No money cannot buy happiness, but money can buy a lot of things that will contribute mightily to happiness.” Money can buy happiness when one wisely uses it for experience’s, helping others, and investing in life.
Aristotle believes that ethics is about doing the things that make one an excellent and ultimately a happy (fulfilled) person. Kant claims that happiness is irrelevant in ethics and that the right thing to do is to determine what our duty is and to act on it. Both of these philosophies pose their flaws, but the question of what should we follow if we have no basis is raised. Although I strongly disagree with both philosophies, Kant’ s philosophy would work the best in an ideal world, while on the other hand, Aristotle’s philosophy wouldn’t work in an ideal or realistic world.
Some people believe that happiness has to do with and an emotional state of being or with a mental state of richness or ownership. While people believe happiness is an end of an achievement others say that it is a start of a great future. Happiness can be categorized in several ways but the three common are in the state of well-being, ownership/richness, or accomplishment. Sam Wren Lewis mentions in his article, “ How Successfully Can We Measure Well-Being through Measuring Happiness?”, that there are two types of happiness for well being, a short term and a long term to defining it. Another author, Dwight R. Lee, states that money does indeed by happiness but to an extent in his “ Who Says Money Cannot Buy Happiness?”. Then
The materialistic value of money is unable to offer true happiness. However, factors such as family and friends can provide happiness to everyone. Prosperity cannot be bought, no matter how much money is spent. The only thing that can cause you to be truly happy is the memories you made in your life time with friends and family. Money can help get something off your mind by spending it, but the memories you made while spending your money will make you smile at any time in life. You can socialize with your loved ones and create memories with them. You do not always have to spend money to be happy, but you could make jokes and have a great time to create memories.
Well that answer could not be so far from the truth, money can 't buy happiness. Sound like a contradiction? Did I get your attention?... According to Gregory Karp, money can make a person happy. In his article “Money CAN buy happiness,” Karp believes that money can bring happiness to acquire basic life needs but once those basic needs are met discretionary use of money will also bring happiness. He continues later on in the article to explain some suggestions on how to spend for happinessKarp’s first point in his article is that happiness needs to be bought to some degree. In order to have the ability to be happy you need to have the ability to pay for basic necessities such as food and shelter. In studies it can be seen that, “…once people had enough to meet their basic needs, somewhere between $8,000 and $25,000 or the equivalent of that in various spots around the world, happiness leveled out.” (). I agree with this statement because any person that is homeless, does not have adequate shelter, or the money for food and water has survival in mind. The mind is consumed with the need to live another day it does not have time to waste energy on obtaing happiness. Happiness is a balance between being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually (Life of
Happiness is a feeling adults experience when they receive a gift, win something, and various other reasons, but does money buy this happiness everyone experiences? Don Peck and Ross Douthat claim money does buy happiness, but only to a point in their article which originally appeared in the Atlantic Monthly (252). Throughout their article, reasons on why money can sometimes buy happiness are explained. While some of the reasons given are effective, not all are satisfying answers for adults working diligently to make a living. Money is a part of everyone’s life, yet it is not always the cause of happiness.
Although it has been said that money is the root of all evil, many people actually believe that they would be happier if they were wealthier. Could this be correct? This essay will support the thesis that not only does the pursuit of wealth not lead to happiness; it may actually make us unhappy.