Money & Happiness

Money cannot buy happiness… with one exception.

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(8) SusanE, May 3, 2015 3:47 AM


Mom said. If you're going to be happy, you will be happy rich or poor. It's about your attitude. If you're going to be miserable, same rule applys. But if your determined to be miserable, it's a lot easier to be miserable and rich.

(7) SusanE, May 2, 2015 7:50 AM


Joan Rivers: People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.

(6) Anonymous, May 1, 2015 5:26 AM

i disagree to an extent

I feel that money can definitely bring happiness. in my own life i find this to be true. i never have enough money for what i want, most people don't. but needs are different. people need money to live and when people don't have the money to have their basic needs met , it can make one miserable. i am talking about basic things. when I have money to get the food i like, it makes me happy. and when i have to get food that i don't necessarily like just because it's cheaper, it makes me sad. The time when I had enough money to buy new clothes for yomtov, it made me happy! And when I had to spend all my hard earned saved up money on emergency dental bills , instead of using it to go visit my family , it definitely made me sad. i believe it is relevant to the situation and what one's needs are. But I do believe there are many instances where money does buy happiness

(5) Samuel, April 29, 2015 9:49 AM

Money and happiness

I think the good Rabbi should have been a bit more clear. If you spend money on others to help them you will reap FAR MORE happiness IF it is truly anonymous. Let not your left hand..........

(4) Yitzchok, April 28, 2015 6:17 PM

It doesn't buy happiness, but...

It sure does pay the bills!

(3) Dvirah, April 27, 2015 6:17 PM

What It's For

It's not about happiness - it's about paying the bills!

(2) Brad, April 27, 2015 4:34 PM

Agree completely

Money definitely doesn't buy happiness, of course assuming that all of the basic needs are met. In the heart of the Great Recession my income was reduced by half -- but I wasn't half as happy. Or I certainly wasn't twice as happy when I had twice the income. And the closing 30 seconds are completely correct - if you spend the money on others, perhaps in a quest to make them happy, the money will be all the more satisfying.

(1) Ari, April 26, 2015 9:41 PM

Reb Yaakov, you remind me of a story

They say a story about one of the Rothschild brothers back in the late 1800s. The sultan of (I believe) Turkey once asked for a list of his assets. He gave the Sultan a list of the charities and causes he had helped. 'Those are my real assets' he said, 'everything else is just air!'


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