Does Money Buy Happiness?

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Happiness and Money


“Those three things - autonomy, complexity and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfills us.” In my opinion, and most likely the majority of others, this quote is simply stating that you cannot buy happiness. There are several arguments as to whether this is true. Some will say yes, no, or neutral. Honestly, I personally think that to an extent money can buy happiness. However, no you do not need to be extremely successful to have enough money to equal enough happiness.  There are people without such a home as some others with 200 acre lands that could be miserable. So, there is not a simply “right” answer to the question: Does money buy happiness?

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            The poem “Your Life Will Never Dull or Your Money Back” contradicts the argument that money can in fact purchase joy.  Sometimes, money is not absolutely necessary.  We are all guilty of buying things that we truly need, but who does that concern, those things make us just that much happier, right? Right - or wrong. Nobody could be able to prove this point in either way. As written in the poem, “my first goal is to make a wage that my family can be proud of”, he is stating that he thinks that if he makes a substantial ...

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