Money can’t buy happiness, because happiness is not a “thing” you can pick up off a shelf, pour from a dispenser, or download from an Amazon S3 link.
Happiness is a “state of being” – something that can be created, nurtured, or shut down at will.
So, we give you the following thoughts:
Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s a hell of a lot more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than on a bicycle.
Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s much more fun to plan your week without having to figure out how to pay the electric bill today.
Money can’t buy happiness, but you can serve a lot more people by making it rain with your extra $100 bills than you can by sacrificing your very last dime.
In other words,
Money Is A Problem Solver
It solves the problems that get in the way of happiness.
Just like firing a Client From Hell opens the space for an awesome new client to move in.
Just like repairing your house creates a sense of tranquility and comfort.
Keep that in mind when you find yourself repelling money even as you’re trying to solve your problems.
At the same time it leads us to wonder
CAN Money Buy Happiness, After All?
Recently we debated this, with someone who insists that money CAN buy happiness.
We asked his reasons.
The explanation he gave was basically identical to the above – that money buys you what you need to be happy.
So, should we keep debating this?
Should we set the debate aside and focus instead of creating wealth, using it to do good, and allow ourselves to label it as we see fit?