Money Can Buy Happiness

Ellen - Winchester, Virginia
Entered on May 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

As it is said and heard over and over again throughout the years, many people believe that money can’t buy happiness. Sometimes parents and advisors tend to stress the thought that money can’t buy happiness and that we should be grateful for what we have. In opposition, I believe that people deserve and will receive what they work hard for, and money can buy happiness.

For the most part, my family and I are the average family that many others can relate to. My mother is a teacher and my father is a builder. Things in the home are always good and the arguing is very slim; except for the occasional blunder about money. Saving money and being selective about what our funds are being spent on always comes into play because my mother remains concerned about payments constantly. She worries about electricity bills, house payments and car payments, groceries, and of course other casualties that may come up during the week that must be paid for. Just recently, I finally was given my first car and now that has become another payment for her to be concerned about. She often asks me to get a job and pay for things myself, and when I don’t take her seriously about helping out she frequently says that we do not realize how fast money goes and how quickly prices can add up.

From my point of view, people who are economically advanced and don’t have to consider money to be a struggling factor in their lives can’t truly understand where those of us who aren’t so efficiently advanced are coming from. I am not trying to persuade that all you need is money to be happy because that itself is not true. What I am saying, is that if my mother or family were to receive a million dollars spontaneously at this moment, would they be happier? The answer is yes, absolutely they would. It would eliminate many stresses that not having plentiful amounts of money can cause. For example bills, children, or even the occasional Saturdays where you want to go out to a nice dinner with your family.

Money can’t acquire complete happiness because money alone is not a package deal including love, laughter, or any of the many other things that make us happy. However money can unquestionably buy happiness and can get rid of the dilemmas that not having money can cause. This I believe.