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Can money buy happiness?

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The best things in life are free, but can money buy you happiness?

Happiness can come in two different aspects, an overall good life vs. moment by moment happiness. You can be happy with your life but have moments when you’re not. Vice-versa, you can be dissatisfied with your life, but can have moments when you don’t feel content. I think money can buy happiness, if you spend it on an experience rather than an object.

Research shows that the amount of money we earn can affect how we feel. Being wealthy might make you an overall happy person, but what matters is how you spend it. Some people might be happier with a larger, high-end purchase. Others might want small things, or might use the money to make others happy. Being a teen, money might not matter at all to you. But as you get older you realize the importance of having a job and getting income.

“Nowadays money can buy happiness, people want to know they have money and they want to be financially stable. I feel better when I have money,” Sophomore Emma Kull stated.

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As reported in The Wall Street Journal: “Human beings are remarkably good at getting used to changes in their lives, especially positive changes. If you have a rise in income, it gives you a boost, but then your aspirations rise too. Maybe you buy a bigger home in a new neighborhood, and so your neighbors are richer, and you start wanting even more. You’ve stepped on the hedonic treadmill. Trying to prevent that or slow it down is really a challenge,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside.

Happiness doesn’t have to be based on the amount of money you have and your happiness and overall mind-set can change by who you put yourself with and if you try to just live a happy live.

In conclusion, some people will think money can buy them happiness while others are content with the way their life is, and don’t need anything more.

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Sam Pucci
Sam Pucci, Spring Reporter and Editor
Sam Pucci is 16 years old and is currently a junior at Colonia High School. She is a pitcher for the Softball Team, where she is called "Pooch", a member of Heroes and Cool Kids and a stat girl for the swim team. She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends and family, and being involved in school activities. Pucci has been writing for the newspaper for 2 years now, and has had 2 articles published in the Colonia Corner. She hopes to go to college in New Jersey for Sports Marketing/Management, minoring in journalism.

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