Money Cannot Buy Happiness
There are surely many things, such as food, health care, vehicles, housing services, luxury products, and accessories that money can buy, but consumption of all these components are not associated with happiness.
There are surely many things, such as food, health care, vehicles, housing services, luxury products, and accessories that money can buy, but consumption of all these components are not associated with happiness. As a result of which, it can be said that money can buy you every materialistic thing except happiness.
Money can give you an exquisite lifestyle, but it might not fulfil your emotional desires as it has been seen that billionaires tend to face emotional issues just like everyone.
Supporting Arguments and Supporting Points
1. Billionaires tend to face emotional issues just like everyone
• John Caudwell, a billionaire, recently separated from his wife
• His company’s administration went through the loss of six thousand jobs (Knight, 2014)
2. They tend to be happier but in long term, it does not last for a long time
• Life experiences make you realize the value of a happy life, not those material things
• Happiness that results from material things comes to an end as soon as things come to an end (Blackman, 2014)
3. Money provides different opportunities but they might not lead to the pursuit of happiness
• Material things give an illusionary feeling of eternal happiness
• Experiences that nature gives you lead to eternal happiness (Baker, 2013)
4. Money is used to buy material things, in general
• If you spend it on travel and lifetime experiences, then it results into long-lasting happiness
• Money should be spent the way everyone spends time (Radio Boston, 2014)
5. Money comes to an end but happiness should be eternal as far as the value is concerned
• We should be dependent upon eternal happiness and money should be just a commodity
• Money is not the first and the foremost parameter in order to shape up a happy life (Knight, 2014)
6. Parents can provide their children with everything with the help of money, but happiness
• Parents’ love and their eternal support makes their children happy
• Children would not feel well if they have money, but not parental support (Radio Boston, 2014)
7. Money can lead to increased happiness but money cannot buy you emotional experiences
• Happiness is a feeling that one wants to feel, however, money is a commodity that one wants to have
• Money teaches a lot about the value of a happy life, but the value is negligible if you do not have your closed ones around you (Oswald, 1997)
People with a lot of money tend to happier for a long time but such a feeling of happiness does not last for a long time. It can be justified by the fact that billionaires face all sorts of emotional issues when they go through rough times in their lives just like everyone does. Money can provide us with different opportunities and a sense of being happy, but it does not lead to the pursuit of happiness. Happiness that results from material things comes to an end as soon as material things come to an end. The value of money is not as eternal as the value of happiness that a happy guy with money feels. Parents can provide their children with material things but their happiness is dependent upon their love and support. It can lead to increased happiness, but emotional experiences provide us with eternal happiness. So, if you really have money you better spend it on lifetime experiences.
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Radio Boston. (2014, December 2014). Money Can’t Buy Happiness? Sometimes It Can. Retrieved May 12, 2015, from Radio Boston : http://radioboston.wbur.org/2014/12/23/happy-money