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How many times has someone wisely intoned “Money can’t buy happiness” at you?
And how successfully have you stifled the urge to say “That’s hilaaaaarious because I’ve got a $700 flight to Greece in my cart right and that looks A LOT like happiness, my dude”?
Friends, I am not going to tell you that money can’t buy you happiness because I have purchased happiness, freedom, connection, and support many, many times.
I bought happiness and free time and a cleaner, calmer home in the form of a $400 robot vacuum. I bought sweeter, slower mornings in the form of a dawn simulator. I bought better sleep, easier breakfasts, and a healthier diet in the form of a Nutribullet smoothie maker.
So I’m not going to pat you condescendingly on the arm, smile over my latte, and murmur “Money can’t buy you happiness.” I’ve got a truer, slightly less optimistic saying for all of us to adopt:
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Money can pay for the therapist but it can’t make you change your behavior.
Money can buy you a Match.com membership, but it can’t make your dates any kinder, smarter, or more likely to laugh at that story about your dog.
Money can pay for the home delivery of a lightly dressed green salad, but it can’t prevent you from eating an entire bag of pizza rolls at 11 pm on a Wednesday night.
Because here’s the thing we know but need to be reminded of:
Money isn’t magic. No matter where you go, there you are. You’re you at $34,000 a year and you’re you at $340,000.
Money can’t buy you happiness if you don’t know what makes you happy. But once you figure out what makes you happy? Well, happiness probably costs a lot less than you think.
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