Can you buy happiness?

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 19th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/44gflpjk/
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Is there happiness in possession of material things? It appears that way to some extent. But, if we analyze deeply, we'll come to a conclusion that money is not everything. And money cannot buy the real 'happiness'. Because the things we buy can only give us 'pleasure', NOT happiness.

Money cannot buy happiness because...

Money cannot buy happiness because happiness cannot be bought.

Money can buy things or services that may make you happy if you are satisfied with the services offered or the things given in exchange of money.

If one can buy happiness with money, then people would have spent, at once, all the money they earned and be happy forever.

If you say you are buying happiness indirectly, it makes sense in a civilized society.

There are still some tribes who are happy without money transactions.

Because we are bound by money and transact with currency in a developed society, we feel insecure if we loose money or incur losses in spending and investing.

Money is the currency to facilitate a secured living in a civilized society.

If a person chooses a life of a hermit they can still be happy because of their willingness and choice to live such life.

It is a misconception to attribute happiness to materials and money. We strive to earn money in order to be secured and be happy. In fact, you feel happiness when you accumulate money. It is the sense of possession that is making you happy. Similarly, when you spend money to buy a thing you get happiness out of the thing that you got in exchange of money.

Money is not all that makes the world go round. There are many other subtle characteristics like human understanding, belongingness and harmony that make the world.

Is Money the root of all evil?

Money is not the root of all evil. It is the bad manipulations of money by humans that causes all evil. Our mind is the source of happiness and evil as well.

Do you agree money gives you the financial freedom to pursue what you really want out of life and thus essentially leads to happiness? I cannot totally agree with this. Because, having earned a lot of money and having total financial freedom to spend it cannot make you happy until you decide to be happy in any situation.

Many money barons are seen to suffer from many psychological stresses which they cannot get relieved by spending on medicines or meditation techniques they learn. Those who are free from the stresses of earning and managing the money only appear to be really happy in their life.

Happiness is in the mind, not in money

Happiness is possible when you are free from the stress of money you earn or spend.

Happiness is in the mind, not in money. A poor scavenger can be happy with what he possesses. But a rich person may not live happily until s/he feels the contentment.

The world cannot be made better by abolishing money. If you remove money, you are going to search for an immediate alternative medium to have exchange of material and services in the gamut of living.

The world can be better with better human values. Friendship, harmony, peace, compassion and love make the world a better place to live happily.

'Giving without minding the sacrifice' brings happiness in the lives of poor or rich. If one is rich at heart, then that wealth can be shared to make others rich and confident.

In charity the life can be made joyful. With love the world derives peace and harmony.

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It is not ho much we give...

"It is not how much we do,
but how much love
we put in the doing.
It is not ho much we give,
but how much love
we put in the giving"
.
~Mother Teresa

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Image credits:
Money can only buy things or services...By BrokenSphere , via Wikimedia Commons

Taste of happiness By Hashem Al-Nasser from Dhahran, KSA (Taste of Happiness) , via Wikimedia Commons

Happiness is in mind By Yann (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons

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author avatar A.J.Augustine
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Money is neither the villain nor the savior.It is all in the mind. Good work Rathna.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you dear friend A.J.Augustine, for the kind appreciation.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for a wonderful treatise on happiness, Rathna, with soothing Tibetan music links. This is a subject close to my heart always.

I have seen one of the richest in the world take his baby steps to wealth thirty years ago. He is feted for his wealth and may he be blessed! But I will evaluate his life more by how much he touches others' lives for the better.

Being in the finance field all my life, I have been hurt how money takes over the lives of those who are in hot pursuit of its elusive power. I have also seen how some are blinded in their pursuit and play smack into the hands of those who egg them on. Those hangers-on look only at their money and not at the person!

Asian societies pride about their many thousand years old culture, but money makes the hearts of their super rich cold, sad to say, more than those in the supposed "decadent" West. I salute Bill Gates and Warren Buffet for their lifestyles and take on lives, willing to leave most of their wealth to charity and working hard to find proper avenues to see that they reach the desired goals. Sadly, such initiatives are lacking in democratic and "culture rich" India and "communist" China!

And for Tibetan music - what soulful play and to think they are under the heavy boots of a heartless regime! Time indeed for December 21 and whatever happens in its aftermath! The rich has to have larger hearts than you and me, but some appear to have none! Unless, we stop this mindless pursuit of wealth for its own sake, we will soon be done for! And to think even the best scientific minds are into financial engineering, making money out of thin air!

I have been witness to super rich passing on and the children in a hurry to divide their spoils and the person who gave them wealth with single minded pursuit remembered for all the wrong reasons. And those who remember them fondly are the ones who did not get a penny and even sacrificed for them - but it hardly matters to them, anyway! siva

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you dear friend Siva for the wonderful thoughts on the ill-effects of greed for the money which is only an instrument in the hands of humans.

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author avatar Retired
19th Feb 2012 (#)

beautiful and inspiring star page with superb content, quotes and wonderful pics and links too. Thanks for sharing you for sharing your huge heart, Rathna-ji. Namaste, rd

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you dear friend श्री रमादेवी जी, for stopping by and commenting so beautifully.

I'm often checking your profile page for new poems from you, but you're probably preoccupied and not posting your new poems.

Please never stop writing poetry.

नमस्ते.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Feb 2012 (#)

This is so right on. Great star page Rathnahikamani. Thank you, dear friend.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for the compliments, dear friend Steve.

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author avatar NancyG in TN
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Very good, thanks! I love the word 'belongingness', that is a good word!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you dear friend, NancyG.

Then you may like this poem: http://goo.gl/5Lvib.

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author avatar Buzz
20th Feb 2012 (#)

You're so right, my friend. Happiness is independent of possessions. Inspiring thought. Namaste!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
20th Feb 2012 (#)

नमस्ते (Namaste) dear friend.

Thank you for the lovely comments.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
20th Feb 2012 (#)

I do think we must have enough money to cover essential needs
Thank you, Rathnashikamani. An interesting page - I enjoyed reading it.

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author avatar Funom Makama
20th Feb 2012 (#)

You always meet up to expectation my dear friend Rath.. This is a wonderful piece. Thanks for the share

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Inspiring thank you Rathnashikamani...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
21st Feb 2012 (#)

money probably is the root of all eveil. We're so keen to make a fast buck, we don't really care about the poeple around us - or the people of the world in general. What a fabulous star page.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
21st Feb 2012 (#)

money can buy temporary happiness.... but the real one, it can't

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

SUPERB.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Rathna, you have laid it out just right. We need money to survive but, we must not survive for the money. As always, a stellar page. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
27th Feb 2012 (#)

Such a great Star Page with such an important message Rathna. Stunning images and videos too..This was a joy to read and hear..

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author avatar Denise Larkin
29th Feb 2012 (#)

I found your article very interesting to read. Well done on the star page, it is well deserved.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
9th Apr 2012 (#)

I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. I believe we only need some few basics of life but that true happiness comes from God, family, friends and hobbies that contribute to mankind.

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author avatar Karman's Kreations
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Wonderful article. Happiness is a state of mind. some of the poorest dirtiest people I have known have been the most happy in the lives they are living.

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author avatar sarosh
16th Apr 2012 (#)

Beautiful article and we definitely cannot buy happiness as we have to find out happiness ourselves

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author avatar Quescout
28th Jun 2013 (#)

Some people are so poor all they have is money.

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author avatar lifesaving
31st Oct 2013 (#)

Lets face it, we cannot survive these days without money. But money can never buy happiness. As the song goes, we can buy a house but not a home, we can buy a bed but not sleep...

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