No, I'm not some rich guy... sorry ladies. I think money can buy you time and resourses you can use to better your life which will bring an increase in happiness. The only thing stopping certain rich people from being happy is themselves. Money can in fact increase your joy. Enough with the BS about money being evil.
Most Helpful Girl
It's more insidious than that - rich and powerful people spread that message; it's the same as the Christian message: 'the meek will inherit the earth'; the idea being if you tolerate being impoverished and oppressed then you'll be rewarded, or at least be somehow a morally better person.
Money will buy happiness,, to a certain point. It can buy security and luxuries and it can allow you to visit loved ones who live far away and have experiences you wouldn't be able to have otherwise.
You tend to get billionaires who feel very disconnected from everything who turn to spirituality to try and get a sense of meaning in their lives though.. It's not just a straight correlation where the more money you have the happier you'll be0
Most Helpful Guy
Perhaps some poor people say this to feel better in a "sour grapes" sort of way but that doesn't invalidate the idea. While I agree that money can be be a tool for happiness but I disagree that it happens automatically. Unhappy people who come into lots of money do not become happy, at least not for long. The very rich generally have the most unhappy families and most strained relations with their children of any economic group. There is an inverse relationship between wealth and generosity. The wealthy are by far the least generous people in America (as a percentage of wealth) while those who can afford it the least are the most generous. I would argue that stingy people are NOT happy. The wealthy are by far the class that is most desperate to gain more wealth which is another measure of unhappiness.
Recently, a group surveyed people from every country about collective happiness. They found that most of the richest countries scored very low and that those that scored the highest were very poor countries (although not all poor countries scored high, of course). This surprised me until I thought more deeply about it. The focus on wealth does seem to impede happiness rather than facilitate it.
The actual quote is not "money is the root of all evil" but more like "love of money is the root of all kinds of evil". Based on the everything I mention and so much more, this is certainly true. Pursuit of money for its own sake is an addiction and like all addictions its pleasures are temporary and followed by longer periods of misery.0