Who Said Money Can’t Buy you Happiness? Sure it Can if Done Correctly

There’s an old saying that goes like this, “Money can’t buy happiness.” You can add your own clever statement to the end of this to make it funny, such as “But it can buy cookies and cookies make me happy,” or whatnot. Much as you like to think that money can’t buy happiness, you’re wrong. Of course, money won’t make you happy, but it can buy some happiness. Here’s how.

Giving Money Away

That’s right; giving money away can buy you happiness. Even if you’re on the tightest of budgets, taking a $5 bill and heading to the store to pay for someone’s coffee or slipping it into a children’s book at the library can make you feel really good about yourself. Even if you don’t have money to spare, giving some away to those who might need it more is a great resource for buying yourself a little happiness. You’ll never feel better about yourself.

Investing in Happiness

If reading makes you happy, buying a new book is a way to purchase happiness. If seeing your children happy is what makes you happy, buying those season passes to Disney or your local water park is going to make you happy. When you invest your money in the things that do bring you joy and happiness, you’ll be able to say that money bought you happiness.


Paying your mortgage and utilities, buying groceries to feed your family and filling up your gas tank are things that actually make you happy. You might not realize it, but those things are being purchased to make you happy. It does make you happy to go home at night and appreciate time relaxing in your own bed or to fill up your gas tank to take your kids to the zoo. These are things you’re using money to purchase to make you happy. This is called security.

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