Can Money Buy Happiness?

While many of us go through life
with the persuit of money on our minds, we’re often told that
money can’t buy happiness. But what truth is
there in the saying? Is there a correlation
between money and happiness? And, if so, how can we use
it to our advantage? Humans are very
sensitive to change. When we get a raise or
commission, we really enjoy it. But we adapt at incredible
speeds to our new wealth. Some studies have shown
that in North America, additional income beyond $75.000 a year
ceases to impact day-to-day happiness. In fact, people who win the lottery often
report becoming extremely unhappy. They often end up spending
all the money, going into debt and experience ruined
social relationships. So, surely money can’t
really buy happiness. Well, recent studies suggest that
the problem may actually be in the way we spend money. Instead of buying things for yourself,
try giving some of it to other people and see how you feel. Studies show that people who spend
their money on others feel happier. And while people who
spend it on themselves don’t necessarily become less happy,
their happiness is unchanged. The same principle has been tested
on teams and organizations as well. One experiment showed that
instead of an organization writing a large check to a charity, dividing
the amount up amongst employees and allowing them to contribute
to a charity of their choosing, increased their job satisfaction. Similarly, individuals that spend
monetary incentives on each other, as opposed to themselves,
increase not only job satisfaction, but improve team
performance and sales. This has been seen in both
sales and sports teams. Almost everywhere we look
in the world, we see that giving money or gifts to others is
possitively correlated with happiness. Interestingly, the specific way the
money is spent on others isn’t important. From trivial gifts to major charity
efforts, spending something on others is the important aspect
in increasing your happiness. The emotional rewards of pro-social spending
are even detectable at the neural level. If you are going to spend the money
on yourself, try to go after experiences, as opposed to material things. Traveling or going to an event is more impactful
for the vast majority of people in the long run. And while you’re saving up
for these big experiences, don’t forget about
the daily joys in life. Many small frequent pleasures help
to get you through the days and and encourage change,
which stimulates the brain. Instead of buying a 3,000-dollar rug that provides
a one-time experience for the next 10 years, a 5-dollar latte with friends
will be different each time, offering unique access to
happiness opportunities. Though money is unlikely to be the
main source of happiness in our lives, it certainly has the potential to make some
things easier… and complicate others. But at the end of the day, it can buy
happiness, if spent in the right way. Got a burning question
you want answered? Ask it in the comments or
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100 comments on “Can Money Buy Happiness?”

  1. colette reff says:

    Money can buy happiness
    It bought me a bed

  2. Dougie says:



  3. Yojin Offered battle game to game says:

    People who think money doesn’t buy happiness deserve to die

  4. David Z says:

    Money can't buy you happiness,
    Because you have no money. 😂

    Just a joke guys.

  5. Frostleaf Vlogs says:

    The communists have launched their first attack!

  6. Fernando Feliciano says:

    We are never more like Good than when we give

  7. Leafoe278 says:

    If money can't buy happiness, and stuff makes you happy (like the laptop I'm using to post this comment), wouldn't that make money buy happiness?

  8. Taehyung’s Gucci says:

    Why does vomit always look like peas and/or carrots?

  9. Pedro Esteves says:

    Go to DisneyLand ahaha

  10. YoloBagels says:

    The saying "money can't buy happyness" is just a phrase used by poor people to explain their failiure.

  11. Inconspicious Fellow White Man says:

    Wealth attracts Fake Friends and Persons soo bewaree

  12. Finale says:

    To the people who say money doesn't buy happiness, does it make you less happy? Would you be happier if you had 20 dollars in your bank account or 100k in your bank account

  13. Kelvin Malidom says:

    Money is the only reason people are happy

  14. Vera Verca says:

    Well that's right , if I was rich nobody would probably notice because I wouldn't buy expensive clothes or iPhone or things like this , I would spend it for travelling

  15. Ray Y says:

    Remember when Canadian money still looked like that?

  16. Mohammed Sings says:

    Can i tell you a story?,if no dont read,if yes read: so i was at a hotel and i told my dad we dont need money to be happy he said yes we do i told him you dont need money to be happy he said the rich person i always Happy and the poor person is sad so its been on my head for alot and i cried becuse every fight between my dad and my mom is because money so when i thought about it it made me cry im crying while typing Pls help

  17. Andrade Anita says:

    money is a facilitator nothing more.

  18. Shubhojyoti Som says:

    What if the world only had two-wheeler vehicles like motorbikes and scooters and cars and trucks were never invented?

  19. Aaron Filibeck says:

    Money buys food tf u mean?

  20. Karen Wang says:

    Ok, so here's my burning question I want you to answer. Why is it that when I think I'm gonna enjoy something, I don't, and vice versa? Anyone relate?

  21. knickd says:

    Well it can. Buy a pet, happy now? Yes

  22. Boyang Cai says:

    If you have money it does give you happinesses because if you are rich you can do things that'll make you happy such as be able to purchase whatever type of food you want.

  23. Lorand Cristian Iuhasz says:

    happiness means being left alone.

  24. Fergal Downes says:

    Hi man, very cool flick that you have here. I subscribed.

  25. Miguel Angel Sarmento says:

    They say money can’t buy happiness but being poor can’t not even rented.. Also as money doesn’t bring you happiness go ahead and try to leave without it.

  26. KENYGAMER302 says:

    Money cant buy happiness?
    I always get happy when i help people,ice cream
    Take this an example:
    "Your mother is about to die because you dont have the money". Your good friend gave you enough money for the bills, what will you feel? Happy right, you are not gonna say "eww money? They cannot buy happiness its worthless my mother is dying"

  27. KENYGAMER302 says:

    You think money cant buy happiness? Give me the money hehehehhehehehe

  28. KENYGAMER302 says:

    25%Money cant buy happiness but
    Can cause happiness
    15%money can buy happiness
    I buy food and it makes me happy

  29. jangmi says:

    I think Money Buys Happines.
    When You Buy Phone,
    When You Buy Something You Want,

    You Will Be Happy

  30. Tiffany says:

    Idc what nobody says money does buy happiness

  31. pablo escobar says:

    can money buy happiness??
    yes it can , any one say no go fu k ur self mothetfucker

  32. Penguinee Plays Roblox says:

    It could buy you a therapist to make you happy…

  33. LetITbe199 says:

    99% of my problems are because of money. It almost destroyed me when i was without money so ye money buys happiness

  34. Allan Legend says:

    Of course money can buy happiness tf lol

  35. MC GAMER UWU says:

    Happiness can't be bought

    But Chocolate Can

  36. Homework break says:

    Yes I’ve thought about this before and I thought money can’t buy happiness if you use it for yourself.

  37. Andrei Lee says:

    The content in this video is so true!
    It's very relatable specially in 0:56

  38. TheFieryMeteor says:

    Money can buy happiness, just buy a dog

  39. Korrina Horn says:

    I find it funny how edgelords in the comments will argue against actual data because they personally can't see how more money after 75k can't make someone happier.

  40. if your reading this ur a huge thottie says:

    Money can buy happiness
    If you have money you'll eventually have friend's

  41. 4C(11) Bobo Fan says:

    i am doing english builder now

  42. ravenkiller2910 says:

    'Money can't buy happiness'
    Just buy cocaine

  43. Dezz says:

    Sooooo in short,let me go get a gold digger

  44. qυєєи lσlσ says:

    YESSSS buy you some weed

  45. David O'Connor says:


  46. Jonathan Hughes says:

    Satan the deceiver made money.
    Of couse people will be deceived with money. No one can be deceived with moneyless ask and receive.

  47. Kaykay2 Kayra says:

    It can buy my happiness

  48. Tommy Olsson says:

    Nice video

  49. Othman says:

    Money doesn’t buy happiness.
    Money is happiness.

  50. Başak Yenel Yalova Istanbul Real Estate Agent says:

    somehow buys time making somebody happier

  51. Maurice Denard Turner-Brown says:

    Money can buy happiness you can get anything you want what kind of idiot think that money doesn't buy happiness with money you can get ps3 ps4 stuff like that if you want to get something you want but it costs so money do buy you happiness

  52. SP FromNY914 says:


  53. Premsankar Sah says:

    इसे english मे लिख के भेजो

  54. Rod Redline says:

    Money can’t by happiness,but it can by a Lamborghini.
    That’s basically the same thing

  55. PigetteIncestBehindADildoHere says:

    I know plenty of rich people that are unhappy. The high of being able to buy a lot of nice things goes away QUICK!

  56. Giraffeman says:

    It can for me

  57. Thomas Ryder says:

    That's why hobbits are happiest. Tolkien was a visionary

  58. captain _n3mo says:

    Money can't buy happiness directly but it can make YOU happy with the things money can get.

  59. Yvng Swxsh says:

    If what ur buying with money isnt making u happy then dont buy it.

    Unless it is bills, taxes, rent etc.

  60. jordan pongos says:

    All these comments saying money is everything makes me sad cause it's not

  61. Irrelevant . says:

    “Money can’t buy happiness” is only a saying that poor people use to make themselves feel better. As long as you spend the money the right way, then it CAN buy you happiness.

  62. Belony11zz says:

    Being rich doesn't give you much meaning to life that's why rich people are the most depressed people who have a sufficient amount of money or people who are poor can also become depressed. Some people are depressed because they suffer from a condition or addiction and others are depressed because they're lonely

  63. Jussa Corndog says:

    so yeah money buys happiness because most people make less than 75,000

  64. TheZombieLemon says:

    Low amout of money make u Happy because u can’t just buy anything and then u have goals u have complete to get some experience things plus u can dream of having things and there goals to complete to get staff

  65. Panda IZ Cool says:

    I told my sister j.k Rowling was rich and she said SHE SHOULD DIE N A HOLE

  66. Dogs and cats Awesome says:

    Can money buy happiness:
    Yes cute puppies and kittens and bunnies 😑🤣

  67. Monyroth Rith says:

    Is this greg or Mitch speaking

  68. RandomStix says:

    This video is almost the same as the ted talk by michael norton lol

  69. paul reese says:

    happiness is the same price as red bottoms

  70. ThEChaS3 says:

    If money can't buy happiness explain the great depression

  71. a d says:

    Experiment: give me money and let's see

  72. CrispyBlazin says:

    "Money cang buy you happiness"
    Ok, so… let me take all your moneh away, were yoh happier with it or without it? Now that your homless and starving, how happy are you?

  73. Spiros Pa says:


  74. Ecol. says:

    money can buy you anything.

  75. Unknown says:

    I rather live in a mansion and be depressed than live in a little flat and be depressed

  76. Unknown says:

    “Money doesn’t make you happy” neither does being broke

  77. • I love Nothing but Peace so meh says:

    It's love that can make a person happy not money because money just buys u material things which r pointless eitherways tho lol.

  78. Robert Latorre says:

    I'm already unhappy so I doesn't matter

  79. Sato says:

    Money can buy you alcohol

  80. Renz Official says:

    i watched this

  81. UNk NOWN says:

    Why Not? — liqueur

  82. _ incognito _ says:

    Money can buy happiness for a temporary moment
    I wanted an Audi for a long time and finnally got one, after driving it for a while
    You tell yourself what’s next and next?
    Never stops

    Main thing in life my elders taught me was spend social time with others and communicate.

  83. ʜᴀɴᴢō says:

    When you buy a 10 million dollar house, a 3 million dollar car and the most expensive jewelry, clothing and useless materialistic bullshit you don't have a right to complain about how being rich didn't make you happy. Money DOES bring you happiness IF you spend it wisely and use it to help you and others you

  84. Nunyo Bidness says:

    This is bullshit. Duh, all rich people give some money to others to make them feel good. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg. They all do it or their rich friends think they’re assholes and you can’t have that. Money buys happiness EVEN if you don’t give it away. Not having to work, having ALL the free time you want, no job, no boss, buy whatever you need. It would take many years for you to get used to it

  85. Mendoza Jesus says:

    I call bullshit money can buy happyness

  86. sahabat surga says:

    Money can't buy happiness?
    You wrong boyss

  87. pazama78 says:


  88. Party Tomorrow says:

    well i will say sometimes but money isnt the root to evil it was created because of evil so it was a go to source for fairness its a divine source and it does unlock happiness but gathering it up or misusing it maybe beneficial on the goal to happiness there are rules and regulations

  89. Party Tomorrow says:

    so sometimes its truth for some in most cases maybe the go to way nad i really don't know but i see this everywhere

  90. Runday 223 says:

    Money can buy happiness.
    Money can buy drugs.

  91. James Yong 勇 says:

    If money can't buy happiness then help people in need of that money to gain happiness of the good you done

  92. Toque Tuber says:

    Are you Canadian?!

  93. Rick-D143 BAILA says:

    If you think money can't buy happiness then transfer it to my account

  94. rubab gunner says:

    Money buys weed and thats pretty close…

  95. HG says:

    The KEY is Own A lot of Money, but never let Money Own YOU.

    Money makes some people happy, it makes others unhappy.

    There's never one answer for everyone.

  96. Dustin Duz Games says:

    Too little money and you feel like actual crap,
    Too much and you take everything for granted.

  97. Chief Like says:

    U R niant niant af

  98. Cristian Washington says:

    Money made my childhood lit, when it came to Transformers (Toys, games, and my first theater experience: DOTM), a PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS’s, and etc…, but that’s just my opinion 🤷🏿‍♂️😃.

  99. Drisky Yt says:

    Have you ever been on a wakeboat

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