"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same." — Anne Frank
Question of the Day: Does Money Buy Happiness?
My answer: Money does not buy happiness. Happiness comes from the things that truly bring you joy in your life. Having lots of money might seem like it will make you happy, but really it’s not the actual money that makes you happy. Now maybe you like to sail out in the ocean, or visit far-away lands (your happiness). Then the money becomes a conduit to your happiness, as it funds these expeditions. But in and of itself, money really isn’t what makes people happy.
Probably your greatest joy comes from the relationships you have with others. This is not something that money can buy (you can buy friends, but they are not "true" friends). I recently heard a story about the people of Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. There, where people have very little, and live with disease and sickness every day, people are genuinely happy. So, think about this. People who have virtually nothing (except each other) can have more "real" happiness than those with tons of money.
I am not saying money is not important. In fact, I believe highly in saving for the future. Just remember that it’s not the money that makes you happy. So, use your money wisely, in ways that fit with you goals, and be true to yourself.
Make it a great life!