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Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy happiness?  My answer may surprise you, it may make you angry, and it may challenge everything you have ever been told about happiness, but I bet you already know what I am going to tell you… YES money can buy happiness, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else says; it doesn’t matter that grandma always used to tell you growing up “Money can’t buy happiness”… because grandma was wrong, and so are you if you believe that crap for a second.


Why do we believe that money can’t create happiness?


Number one reason…


Because it supports us being broke, unsuccessful, and lazy.


I am the first to tell you upfront, I am not a millionaire, I have never made more than 32,000 dollars in a year, but guess what?  I am going to start changing that very soon.  Do you know why?  Because, I have done a lot of awesome stuff making 25,000 in 1 year, and I can do ever MORE awesome stuff with 50,000 in a year or 100,000, or even 1 million in a year!


We believe money can’t buy happiness because it justifies us to be lazy and broke.


Each time we say money can’t buy happiness, we can sleep a little sounder in our tiny little beds, we can feel a little bit better about ourselves as we spend half of our monthly income to pay our mortgage, or drive to job we can’t stand- working 40 hours per week- to make a meager living.


This might sound crazy to you, but I promise you, money can create happiness.  Stuff won’t create happiness, owning a bunch of junk, cars, or fancy clothes won’t create happiness, and even having one million dollars won’t make you happy…


BUT, 1 million dollars can buy you an awful lot of freedom.


BEFORE you accuse me of being some money hungry monster…


Money to me equals a freedom unit.  So each dollar I make is a unit that I can spend to do something that I really want to do with my life.  Let’s say I want to start a charity and better the world through giving…  I am going to need a lot of money to change the world!  Sure, every dollar counts, but money gets stuff done, money talks, money give you the ability to take whatever you want and make it happen.


Wanna travel and see the whole world?  That is going to take money.


Want to start a charity and provide food for starving children around the world?  That is going to take money.


Want to go bungee jumping, go on vacation, send your kids to college, or start your own business?  It is all going to take money!


Money + Purpose = Happiness


Taking your money and using it to produce something awesome, what is better than that?


You know what feels better than feeding a family in need on thanksgiving?  Feeding THOUSANDS of families every thanksgiving!  Don’t believe me?  Just ask Tony Robbins what he thinks about it, as he aims to feed 2,000,000 people this year alone.


Whatever inner voice inside of you is calling you to do something great: answer its call. Making a plan, and getting the money you need to make it happen is a truly rewarding experience.


Money is not the root of all evil; greed, self indulgence, and instant gratification are the roots of all evil.


Money is not good or bad, but it is simply a freedom unit.  You can choose to spend each unit on: making more freedom units, buying an object, purchasing an experience, purchasing a service, helping someone else, or any combination of those choices.


So before you run and tell grandma what I said about her, think about everything I said just for a second.  REALLY think about it.


I want everyone to be wealthy, but what I really want is for everyone to have the freedom to pursue the greatness within them.  So when I see a rich guy with a lot of money, I don’t need to automatically think he is evil, and I don’t need to automatically assume he is miserable in life.


Let go of the idea that money is evil, rich people are cheaters, and the system is rigged against you.


It is what you DO with your money that determines your happiness.  Spend it to inflict pain on others, indulge yourself mindlessly, or buy objects in search of happiness and you will most likely be a miserable person.


Money is what you make of it, it is all in how you use it.

Point a gun and shoot at a murderer and you are a hero; point a gun and aim at a bystander and you are murderer.  Its all about how to use it.  


  1. Cool post! I completely agree with you that money is nothing but a tool, but I think the saying “Money can’t buy happiness” is still true in a sense;

    Money in itself can’t buy happiness – it needs to be combined with your own ability to use it correctly. Just like any tool, money alone won’t accomplish anything, just as a collection of power tools won’t build you a porch on their own.

    It all comes down to how you use it.

    • monsterid

      I do agree with you. Money doesn’t directly buy happiness, but it can buy freedom, and freedom allows you to pursue your happiness however you see fit.

      Happy people with money will make better choices and get happier, while miserable or broken people will often make mistakes and lose happiness.

      Thanks so much for the comment!


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