Hmm..I guess it all depends on how one defines happiness.
I for one think that this whole "money cannot buy happiness " thing is, to a certain extent, b%$ s*&^.
Money cannoyt buy love. At least not genuine love, that is for sure.
However, let's see, it can buy great food, any and all supplements you want and need (some of which may normally be beyond your means), it can help reduce stress in your life because you dont have to worry about bills, you can go to whatever gym you want because you can afford the membership, you can buy wheels like a hybrid that is environmentally more friendly, you can have all the relaxation massages you need, you can go on any vacation you want for some peace and relaxation, you dont have to worry about how you are going to pay next month;s bills, you can come on the vegan vacation for sure, etc . etc.
all of the above would greatly reduce one's stress and allow a person to stay healthy and fit all year round. That would, it seems to me, make me very happy.
Most importantly, though, money would allow me to donate large sums to my favourite causes and charities, and allow me to pick up and leave, on a moment's notice, when an animal emergency happens at another place in the world, without worrying about how I am going to obtain the finances to finance the rescue mission. For example, I wanted so badly, along with skinnydipper, to go to new orleans to feed the starving animals still wandering the streets, near death. However, putting aside the fact that new orleans has now banned outside rescue volunteers
and left the animals still surviving to starveto death (and, by the way, I hope you all plcaed your calls in to the governor as I had posted in the emergency post) dan and I wanted to go there but I couldnt because the freakin ticket to fly from toronto to new orleans would cost $1000 bucks, and I have no way of getting my hands on that kind of money at the moment.
so, instead, I am here, sitting (or should I say trapped) in my damn apartment while I could, if I had the money, be rescuing animals which would make me ver, very, very, very happy. again, it all boils down to cash doesnt it. So we have, in other words, another example of how money CAN buy me happiness.
and there are many other ways in which money can buy you happiness. It certainly can give you the freedom
to pursue your goals (like climbing everest for the animals which I cannot due because -- again -- lack of money), can buy you peace of mind, good health care (whether naturapathic, homeopathic, traditonal or whatever), relaxation and stress reduction, all of which contribute to a feeling of happiness.
so i think in short that money can sure go a long way in buying happiness.
any other thoughts?