Buying Happiness Essay

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Purchasing Happiness.
Money is something that is needed for practically everything people do in life. People can’t get food without money, people can’t buy a car without money, and people certainly can’t go to college without money. In today’s society some people put more emphasis on how much money is needed and how much value is really placed on a dollar. Many tend to associate money with power while others may associate it as a cure for their problems. Even though having money has its good side, there are things that having a lot of money can’t provide for you such as happiness and freedom. In the article Buying Happiness: The Depressing Reality of Materialism, Dodson states “the assumption of course is that people who have a high standard of living, with the requisite happy family and abundant material goods, should be happy” . But in reality all the money in the world doesn’t equal up to love, being rich doesn’t teach life skills, and contrary to popular belief money doesn’t alleviate all problems.
People know that being very wealthy and having all the amenities of a rich person, such as fancy cars, expensive clothes, and a cottage overseas are all things that may very well attract the opposite sex. Even though these things may get a person a date, it doesn’t guarantee that love will be the outcome of that date. Money can’t buy those moments that two people may spend together getting to know each other and growing fond of each other. Money doesn’t guarantee that anxious feeling that people get just moments before they see the person they’re “head over heels” for. If anything, the only purpose money is going to serve is being able to cover the expensive tab for the high priced meal that your date ordered just because he or she felt like they were in the presence of money.
Having wealth does have the advantages of sometimes allowing people to attend certain
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