Money Quote: People say money can’t buy happiness. Poverty sure ain’t going to help either!

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People say money can’t buy happiness. Poverty sure ain’t going to help either!

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  • I don’t know, I’ve seen a lot of happy poor people when I was doing volunteer work in southeast Asia. The statistics also tell a surprisingly different story, stating that poor people are likely to be happier than rich people and that the top ten countries that rank as the happiest tend to be the ranked as the poorest as well. Maybe there’s hidden insight to be gained from those correlations but I wouldn’t know where to start.

  • To an extent, poverty CAN help. Because when we have money, we try to purchase happiness and accumulate material — and fail, because that’s not how it works. Being poor forces you to try to find meaning with the little you have, and have gratitude for the small things.

  • I believe its to a certain extent. Money cannot buy happiness, but also being completely moneyless to the point you’re not able to live, can’t also make you satisfied because you’re hungry and you’re needy. I think there’s a limit in between where it actually means, money isn’t a great value, but family and the things that are of more value, are far more important and satisfying.

  • This is a practical saying and is a fitting reply to all those hypothetical people. Money is a necessary commodity right from womb to tomb. No one can deny it. Still people look down upon it for the sake of cosmetic modesty. Money is important in anyone’s life and hence one should respect it. It’s fine as long as you don’t lavish it and waste it. It also pays to be liberal and kind-hearted. But shunning it for trivial reasons is crazy. Just my 2 cents though.

  • Seeing as I do live with a low income a part of me likes having money to be safe but another part likes to be poor to keep myself from buying things I do not need. I am not starving but don’t live an entirely comfortable life either.

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