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    Money can buy happiness, yep. People who aren't malnourished are happier than people who are.

    See, there's this thing called "diminishing marginal returns". Up to a certain point, definitely, the more money you have the happier you're going to be. A roof overhead is great, clothes that aren't filled with fleas are dandy, and a hot meal is probably the best pick-up you can get. However, after a point, money stops making you significantly happier. Whether you can afford that vacation or not doesn't really make you more or less happy. Once basic needs are taken care of, you have other problems to worry about.

    You know, it's the same as Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Money can buy the bottom two layers -- it can get you food and keep you warm, it can buy you insurance and a house in a nice neighborhood. True, it can't buy you respect or confidence or love, but by that point, money's already helped you enough.

    That so many people here say "money can't buy happiness" says most of us are well off. Then again, we could have probably made that assumption because we all have internet access, hey.
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    I agree with that, Haphazard. There was some study done that found that big lottery winners were just as happy 6 months after winning the lottery as they were before they won, and some were even less happy.
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    Money doesn't buy happiness. However it is useful for avoiding unhappiness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    I imagine the impact of money on happiness lowers dramatically as the amount increases, but I could see it making a big difference in the smaller amounts (like where I'm at lol).
    The makers of the Legatum Prosperity Index 2009 believe so.

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    There's a saying, "Money can't buy happiness, but I rather be unhappy in my ferrari than in a bus."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    Money doesn't buy happiness. However it is useful for avoiding unhappiness.
    Hey! I wanted to say that. Except that I would have phrased it "Money can't buy you happyness, but it can buy off at lot of the things that can make you sad."

    Sigh. Too late.

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    Well, there is a difference between saying money can buy happiness, meaning having enough to live, and money buying happiness by having an overabundance. Even having enough to live isn't "happiness" - it's not being "unhappy."

    Even on that point, there are people who have less who are happier, and people who have more who are unhappier. It's really an inside thing, not an outside thing.

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    Happiness comes almost by chance - it's not necessarily affected by such, and such, and such. However, money can help you build connections with people - and that could bring on it's way a lot of opportunities, and a kind of common prosperity. That would otherwise be happiness...

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    Here's what my oh-so-wise Korean hair dresser says:

    Love makes you happy in the evening. Money makes you happy in the morning. To be fully happy, you need both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santtu View Post
    The makers of the Legatum Prosperity Index 2009 believe so.


    Actually, I think that what this means is that poverty makes you friggin unhappy. Once you get into average incomes, money only goes so far.

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