Statements like ‘Money Buys Happiness!’ and questions like ‘Does Money Buy Happiness?’ constantly intrigue me because there is no true consensus on the significance of this statement or question.

You see…I think that the weight of this statement and the answer to the above question balance heavily towards the last part of the phrase…happiness. I believe that subjective definitions of happiness truly define our response to the above question/statement.

Typically, I equate happiness with temporary states of joy and not a permanent state that can be achieved by one thing or the other. These temporary states are often accomplished by the fulfillment of a need or want. For example, someone who has gone days without food and inadvertently becomes overwhelmed with the pain of hunger, when given food, a temporary form of joy is produced…let’s call it happiness. Once that need/want is satisfied, a new statelessness is brandished and the cycle continues, call it a hedonic treadmill of happiness if you may. If we defined happiness as a temporary state that is often achieved by the immediate satisfaction of a need or want then money CAN buy happiness.

Follow my train of thoughts here…for instance, in the above scenario with the hunger stricken individual, who was given food paid for my money, he achieved happiness as a result of the by-product of money. Another example is this, I look at a dress {or insert any other material object here} through the glass window of a clothing store, I covet that dress, so I pull in extra shifts at work. These shifts enable me make enough money to fund the so-called dress I want to buy. This want has plagued me for 2 weeks, so the moment I buy the dress, an overwhelming sense of happiness and joy awash me. Don’t forget that this state is temporary because humans are insatiable, and so happiness will always be chased. But in that moment, I was happy. So can’t we then argue that money bought my happiness?

Of course the solution or answer in this case is not simple, what about happiness achieved through actions by others bereft of money? Or when people seem to have it all, money included, but aren’t happy? …is it because perhaps they have all their needs fulfilled, hence no means to derive happiness? Or is it deeper than that? This is why I will end this thought analysis with a statement that perhaps money isn’t the only thing that buys happiness, it is one of many things that buys happiness but at point blank when asked the titular question, ‘does money buy happiness?’

Yes, and absolutely it does. Money is one form of various things that does indeed buy happiness.