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Thursday thoughts: Can money buy you happiness?

Posted April 14, 2011


Ever heard the saying, "Money can't buy you happiness"? Do you believe it? Well, research has shown that it actually CAN buy you happiness, if you spend it the right way. has recently published an interesting article about how your money may, in fact, buy you happiness. Click HERE to read the article.

The authors offer tips for spending wisely to increase happiness including:

Buy more experiences instead of more stuff

Spend more money on donations and gifts for others

Buy more frequent, less expensive pleasures vs. fewer big ticket expenditures

They also point out that money allows us to have more control over our lives, less stress about meeting basic needs and more time to share with loved ones.  So, all that couponing you are doing to save money and become more financially fit  isn't just about getting another deal on pasta or toothpaste, it's about improving your overall sense of well-being and making the world a better place! Who knew?!

If you are new to the website, I highly recommend the articles he writes and posts from other authors. J.D. has a common sense approach to saving, spending and money in general.

What do you think: Can money buy you happiness?



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  • mollieclaire Apr 16, 2011

    I think it all depends on your relationship with money. If you're a family of 4 living off of 46k/year *without* health insurance, that isn't going to be a fun time when a health issue arises. If you're that same family living off 46k year, using your money wisely and you have good coverage - you're going to view life quite differently.
    My husband and I met, married, had our 4 children young ... but we made do. Luckily we've raised kids that love to bargain hunt and go camping. Over the years we've been blessed with income increases but our "quality of life" has always been high because we're not walking around with an inflated sense of entitlement.

  • Inter Alios Apr 15, 2011

    I'm not real sure it can buy me happiness, but it sure as heck can make this misery more palatable.

  • heremeaj Apr 15, 2011

    Nancy is right (as usual) but money saved and items gained from couponing bring me great happiness- I can donate them and enrich the lives of others as well as having a quality of life even while I an unemployed. To have your needs met and help other people is happiness to me.

  • Nancy Apr 15, 2011

    Just a reminder to give yourself a warm fuzzy and help others - Today and tomorrow are the last days to find donation boxes in the foyers of Harris Teeter stores to drop off non perishable foods for Feed The Need food drive.

    That makes it so easy! If you're headed into the store, drop off something before you go shopping :)

  • thekeslings Apr 15, 2011

    I enjoyed reading the article. My thoughts are that definitely have money a sense of peace knowing that you'll have the essentials (moreso, I think, when you have little ones)like food, water, electricity. But also, I have seen so many people (including myself) that will work such insane long hours and then feel like they need to treat themselves to something. So then in the end, you're working the long hours to pay for the vacations and the new suits and shoes that you're constantly buying to help derail the stress from working so much!!! It's a bad cycle... That's where I think the cap is.

  • aprilmiller Apr 14, 2011

    I've never thought MONDAY would buy me happiness... quite the contrary. I really enjoy the weekends :) $ won't do it either BTW.

  • happymomma Apr 14, 2011

    ofcourse it can. but you have a be a happy person, before it works!

  • abrcromben Apr 14, 2011

    "Monday can't buy you happiness"? ???

  • Erika in CH Apr 14, 2011

    Someone I know said happiness comes from happenings and thus is temporary, so yes, money can buy happiness temporarily. What it cannot buy is JOY or joyfulness, which is perpetual and a gift from God.

  • marybethwright06 Apr 14, 2011

    I for one am perfectly willing to test this theory ... lol!