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Can money buy happiness?
First of all, the most important sign of wealth, possessing a large amount of money, has become an ambition of many people round the world, especially of the younger generation to which I belong.
These days, wealthy people have a very bad reputation. Whereas billionaires such as Bill Gates and Warren donate huge amounts of money, the “average multi-millionaire or billionaire” becomes a concept of enemy for the ordinary people. That happens, however, for the reason that higher revenue allows one to consume more goods and services. As a result, that excites envy.
On this subject, we might consider if it would be better to have one million dollar or to have a nice and happy living. Some people, for instance, are really rich but lonely, while others are poor but happy with their close friends and family. Though, for some people it may be not evident to determine what is more significant for them, money or happiness, it is needless to say, that money can buy lots of things but then again, the decision is ours, to choose if things will make us happy. Alternatively, lots of possessions that we first "want" turn out to be dissatisfactions and baggage that doesn't please us.
On the other hand, happiness is not just set by one single factor but many others. From my perspective, however, happiness does not always increase in direct proportion to the amount of money.
Either way, it is indisputable that money has a brief effect on life satisfaction, especially after we have got enough money to please our fundamental needs.
Given these points, I don’t think that it´s somehow possible to “buy happiness”, so money isn’t everything, but it helps. Conversely, we should be aware that it is friendships, good health, and family that truly bring us happiness to which we aspire.