By Aliker David Martin

November 25th, 2011

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― 
Dalai Lama XIV

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

This week, I spent time with a few kids from some of the riches and most affluent families in California. My focus was to find out how different I was compared to them. Suddenly, an idea came in mind; can money buy happiness? Instantly, a friend came in mind. When I met him over a decade ago, he had a small beautiful family. He had enough not to struggle with the basics of life. He had around him friends from all walks of life. Today, he is by any global stands a wealthy man. He spends a lot of time in his business to make more money. He has little time for family and only hangs out with only business friends. Unfortunately, he is less happy. So while I met these folks from some of the riches and most affluent families, I asked my self; can money buy happiness? This is what came to mind.

It depends on how you spend your money. If you spend money buying illegal drugs, in search for sex and alcoholism; your immoral ways will catch-up with you. There is always a price for all our actions. They either reward us or punish us for our conduct.

Secondly, it depends on the kind of person you are. Different people respond differently in the presence of money. You can spend money to buy pleasure and be happy. My friend had greed and spent more time making more money and forgot that its friends and family that brought him happiness.

Finally, it depends on how much money you have relative to the people around you and relative to your experience. Before meeting these folks from affluent families, I felt happy and fine with what I have and who I was but after meeting them I felt different noticing how much I needed and how much I didn’t have.

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5 comments on “

  1. jojopant says:

    It’s good to see a different and appropriate viewpoint, I’ve heard a lot of people say that money per say becomes the factor making people lose their happiness. You rightly put it that it’s not the money that is the problem but the mindset of the people holding the money. 🙂

  2. Amazing blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any tips? Thanks a lot!

    • gethappy says:

      Thanks for your question, I think the first and most important thing is what you have done.Pick interest in writing.Then focus on an idea you are passionate about.For me after some soul searching, I realized I was a very happy person and its what my friends like about my company. Before coming to United States, I thought it was all happiness here then I was shocked with my experience but I didn’t have an audience to remain Happy Aliker so I found a community online. Therefore I translated it in my interest in writing to just make people Happy.WordPress is your best option since it has some good templates that makes your writing nice looking and attractive.Their links and online support system is equally user friendly. The thing about writing is that it’s a practice. Just start writing and reading other peoples blog and adapt what you like about their writing or learn from what others commented and liked about other peoples writing. Finally there are so many free sites and blogs of people who help you learn how to write follow them.Example. http://writeitsideways.com/
      Subscribe to their network and receive tips to write better.I hope this has been helpful. Goodluck  

    • gethappy says:

      Aliker so I found a community online. Therefore I translated it in my interest in writing to just make people Happy.WordPress is your best option since it has some good templates that makes your writing nice looking and attractive.Their links and online support system is equally user friendly. The thing about writing is that it’s a practice. Just start writing and reading other peoples blog and adapt what you like about their writing or learn from what others commented and liked about other peoples writing. Finally there are so many free sites and blogs of people who help you learn how to write follow them.Example. http://writeitsideways.com/
      Subscribe to their network and receive tips to write better.I hope this has been helpful. Goodluck

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