Money, when spent correctly, really can buy happiness, Harvard professor says

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  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    June 25, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    This article says that "service" and "personal relationships" buy happiness. One can do that in a more expensive way (such as going out to eat) or in cheaper ways such as spending time together in various free ways.

    Money doesn't buy it. Money is the just rich ways person to allocate their time. Poor happy people do the same thing with less or no money but with their time, which is one of the greatest gifts you can give whether it's done with money or not.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 24, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    The best things in life are free but if you don't pay then you don't eat. I can't imagine financial independence being an unhappy place, but I can see how it would be for a lot of people.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 24, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    cjb said it opens doors to many things. It can't guarantee anything but it certainly better to have it then not to have it.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    June 24, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    I would argue that a person that knows how to spend his money properly is happy already.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 24, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    Money can buy decent shelter. Healthy food. Enable a person to get an education. Pay for a honeymoon. Pay for family vacations. Enable a person or family to go out to eat occasionally. Enable a person to get high quality medical care. Can even free a person up so that they can spend their ife doing what they want to do rather than having to go to a job they don't like.

    Money can't totally make up for a low IQ, for bad looks or for bad health, and if you've had money your whole life you take it for granted and don't appreciate it so it doesn't add that much happiness.

    health is more important intelligence is more importants money does contribute significantly to happiness but its not everything., health is more important, adequate intelligence is more important.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    Money doesn't make you happy, but when money leaves it takes happiness with it.

    That is still my favorite money quote.

    Also, the money I spent on my mountain bike is the best money I ever spent in my entire life on any other thing. Period.