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Does "money can't buy happiness" mean "poor people don't need money" or "rich people don't need more money"?
"Poor people don't need money"  
 6%  [ 6 ]
"Rich people don't need more money"  
 18%  [ 16 ]
Both  
 31%  [ 28 ]
Neither  
 40%  [ 36 ]
Other  
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chanatron1000




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:04 am
Lately, I've heard people mocking the phrase, saying that of course you need money for food, shelter, medical care, etc. to be happy. But I've always understood it to be intended for people who are financially secure and still spend all of their time in the pursuit of more money, telling them that maybe they've reached a point of diminishing returns on money and should spend some time with their families or something.
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sequoia




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:05 am
I WOULDN’T KNOW
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BatyaEsther




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:12 am
I don’t think it means either one. I think it goes to show you that having more money, when you are comfortable, is not going to make for more happiness. And I think it says that just because someone is poor, doesn’t mean that they’re not happy and don’t have joy in their life.

Goes with phrases like there’s more to life than money, and the importance of being happy with what you have
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happy chick




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:17 am
איזהו עשיר השמח בחלקו. Everyone needs money for daily living, but happiness is not dependent on how much money a person has.
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jellybelly94




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:20 am
Yes it means that having the money in itself isn't what bring true happiness. Obvs in reality money helps w the physical but one should never think tht if we only had money for this this and this life wud be ammmmaZing. Nopes not true it's internal happiness tht counts in the end. So many wealthy ppl still unhappy and maybe even more unhappy bec of money. N btw jst from personal experience I have actually found in my life tht wen things were harder to afford n we saved for it and then got it my appreciation and joy of getting tht thing was oh so much greater Smile
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SuperWify




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:26 am
My favorite take on that line-

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s sure more comfortable to be crying in the latest model plush Lamborghini then on a hard bicycle seat.”
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987gold




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:36 am
There people with money that have horrible marriages.
There are people with money who child is alcoholic druggie, suicidal, anorexic, BPD, etc.
Money helps. But, wont help save a dealthly ill child rachmana litzlan, etc
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imacoolmom




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:40 am
I’ve never been poor or rich but what I’ve found is that having enough $ brings you peace of mind, can buy comforts but it won’t fill the void inside you if you’re not truly happy. What I mean is material things cannot fulfill you spiritually because they are 2 separate domains. On the other hand, if someone is so poor they are constantly stressed and busy trying to survive, how can that person feel happiness. It s a very complex topic.
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Genius




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:41 am
SuperWify wrote:
My favorite take on that line-

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s sure more comfortable to be crying in the latest model plush Lamborghini then on a hard bicycle seat.”

Yes!!
Happiness comes from the inside. It’s a choice we make. But let’s not deny the fact that money is comfortable and opens many a door.
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SuperWify




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:45 am
987gold wrote:
There people with money that have horrible marriages.
There are people with money who child is alcoholic druggie, suicidal, anorexic, BPD, etc.
Money helps. But, wont help save a dealthly ill child rachmana litzlan, etc


This is why that quote is stupid. Many poor people have these issues as well.
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einkorn




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:45 am
money is not as good as its bad not to have it.
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Flip Flops




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 10:49 am
imacoolmom wrote:
I’ve never been poor or rich but what I’ve found is that having enough $ brings you peace of mind, can buy comforts but it won’t fill the void inside you if you’re not truly happy.


Exactly this. Happiness has to come from you, money won't provide it.
One who has $100 wants $200.
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sequoia




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 12:22 pm
If I had money, I could take care of my health.

Because of the lack of money (I often can’t buy food and water after I’ve paid the utility bills — forget medication and therapies), I’m probably going to die soon. Not to mention that the stress of no money is literally killing my heart and blood vessels.

Money would prolong my life.
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sabertooth




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 12:30 pm
It’s advice for everyone. You aren’t a rich person or a poor person; money comes and goes. It doesn’t define who you are.
When you realize you can’t buy happiness- you have to work towards it, you will work towards it. (If you want it)
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ra_mom




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 12:41 pm
It just means happiness comes from within and money can't take its place.
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English3




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 12:47 pm
Money is a gift that people would love to get, happiness is a state you choose to be in.
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English3




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 12:49 pm
sequoia wrote:
If I had money, I could take care of my health.

Because of the lack of money (I often can’t buy food and water after I’ve paid the utility bills — forget medication and therapies), I’m probably going to die soon. Not to mention that the stress of no money is literally killing my heart and blood vessels.

Money would prolong my life.

Life is a gift from Hashem and only He can take it.
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lamplighter




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 12:57 pm
It just means that regardless of financial status happiness is in your hands.

Money can buy a lot of comforts and convienences, having enough money can reduce stress and improve your resources, but it doesn't make you a happier person. Wealth is not a character trait, simchas chaim is.
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imacoolmom




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 1:01 pm
sequoia wrote:
If I had money, I could take care of my health.

Because of the lack of money (I often can’t buy food and water after I’ve paid the utility bills — forget medication and therapies), I’m probably going to die soon. Not to mention that the stress of no money is literally killing my heart and blood vessels.

Money would prolong my life.

That’s what I meant in my post-someone without $ for basic life is suffering all the time there’s no time for happiness. I hope your situation improves soon and you live a long healthy life
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Privet!




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 23 2022, 1:11 pm
"money can't buy happiness"
Yeah but if you gotta choose between rice and rent you're gonna be stressed
If you're wealthy you can afford some therapy, and hopefully some tzedakah
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