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Does $$$ = :-) ?
March 12, 2023
11:21 am
Dean
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Here's the latest research ... https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/does-money-buy-you-happiness-researchers-join-forces-to-reveal-the-answer-1.6309893

And now to be sure, I'd like to do my own study. Does anyone have a spare
$Mil I could have ❓ sf-wink

    Dean

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March 12, 2023
1:39 pm
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Add my name in the same list!

March 12, 2023
3:01 pm
mechone
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Nope ,however having money removes financial stress . Take that out of most relationships and happiness can be had .
Problem is most people on this site are savers ,not spenders. Do you have to spend to be happy?
Personally anything myself and my wife need we get and pay cash and I don't have to worry about money. As I tell my wife is that a need or a want ..LOL

March 12, 2023
5:13 pm
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Money equals freedom.

March 12, 2023
5:43 pm
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Agreed, money means freedom, and lots of personal freedom seems not to be a prerequisite for everyone's happiness, just for some. For example, there are some people happy following their spouse from store to store around the mall, some are happy centering their days around their pets' needs, some are happy going off to a job even after they could retire, some are happy babysitting grandkids almost every day, etc, i.e. point being lack of personal freedom seems to be what many people actually seek out. So if you don't really care about personal freedom that much then maybe the freedom money brings is not as vital to pursue.

March 13, 2023
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There are a lot of things money can buy, but still not everything.
Money may not buy happiness, but also I can safely assume no people will claim they are happy cuz they are poor. That is different from poor people being happy.
I like the quote money buys you personal freedom, but also only within the law.

March 13, 2023
8:23 am
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I've been retired for 18 years and have more money to spend than ever before in my life, but there's not much I want to buy that I don't already have. The reason I saved and invested over the years was to be financially independent ASAP. I hated working for someone else and being told what to do, so for me having enough money saved up to be able to quit working was my goal. In summary, a large amount of money to me meant freedom from having to work for it.

As for happiness, getting more stuff doesn't make you happier. Hedonic Adaptation kicks in and you rapidly become used to a new lifestyle and it becomes the new normal. Some people are just naturally unhappy regardless of their financial situation. Others are naturally happy in any case. Trying to appreciate what you have, instead of always wanting more, is the answer to true happiness.

March 13, 2023
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There is an old saying that money can't buy happiness, although it is true that it does provide security, to a point. The big kicker here is that, in particular, as you age, your health may have a lot more to say about your happiness than money. If you can manage to have good health and enough money, "enough" being a relative term, then you've got something special. To amend something that Dean says, "be well and prosper." Living long in poor health is not always appreciated.

March 13, 2023
11:38 am
Dean
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gicjunkie said

. . . To amend something that Dean says, "be well and prosper." Living long in poor health is not always appreciated.  

Thanks for the tip, Gicjunkie. sf-smile

How does my sig look now ?

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March 13, 2023
12:03 pm
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I like freedom.

But some people find choice too stressful. Consumer researchers find that buyers having no choice are stressed, but so are those offered too much choice - too much fear of FOMO!

Ideally, a few clear choices to select among are enough. Look at CHISA's rate tables - a lot of the choices are clustered together so that any one of them are close enough. I will forgo a slight difference on a not-too-large amount to deal with a convenient institution that's treated me well
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March 13, 2023
2:42 pm
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savemoresaveoften said
I like the quote money buys you personal freedom, but also only within the law.  

Whomever came up with that quote, didn't have enough money sf-laugh

March 14, 2023
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Dean
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There's another old saying, and it goes like this . . .

    "Money isn't everything ... as long as you have enough of it."

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Dean sf-wink
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And don't forget ...
"A fool and his money are soon parted."

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March 14, 2023
11:23 am
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Dean said

Thanks for the tip, Gicjunkie. sf-smile

How does my sig look now ?

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Very aspirational!

March 14, 2023
11:58 am
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As the old song goes,

"Happiness is...
Different things to different people..."

https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/h/happinessis.html

March 18, 2023
11:53 am
Dean
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Speaking of songs (Thanks Loonie ), there's a good one about 'Money' by an Insect Band, from a little island west of Europe . . .

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I'm sure most of us Old Fogies here will remember that one. sf-wink

"Money ... That's What I Want"

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March 18, 2023
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In the spirit of giving credit, written by founder of Motown, original 1959 recording by Barrett Strong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeVx1C73o8k

March 19, 2023
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While it's true that money is often needed to provide flexibility and freedom in pursuing happiness-fulfilling objectives, money itself != happiness. As well, one does not need a lot of money to enable the freedom to pursue happiness-fulfilling objectives. One can live by the principles of frugality + anti-consumerism to provide flexibility within their means to pursue happiness-fulfilling objectives.

Cheers,
Doug

March 20, 2023
10:45 am
Dean
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In addition to the amount of Money you have, it appears that your level of Happiness depends in part on 'Where' you live ... at least according to a
recent UN report :

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Is Finnish a hard language to learn? sf-wink

    Dean

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Apparently today (March 20th) is 'International Day Of Happiness'
UN Link https://www.un.org/en/observances/happiness-day#:

Be Happy ❗ sf-smile

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March 20, 2023
11:17 am
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Don't have to learn the language or move, it's the sauna, 3X or so a week does it for me!

March 20, 2023
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And Canada is rated 13th happiest in this year's summaries. Pretty good for a place with good tolerance, diversity, politeness and minimal theocratic influence.
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