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I Do Not Believe I Need to Be Rich to Be Happy

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    It's strange... I have never wanted to be rich

    for myself. I've always wanted to have A LOT of money, but only so I could give the majority of it to the charities and causes that I care about the most. I would be absolutely content with a small house, enough for me and my dog and the rest of my family. And enough to pay off...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 20, 2015

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    I used to think that I needed to be rich to be

    happy but now I don't. The reason for that is that I previously worked for a company where everyone was poor and yet they were all friendly. Some people had a lot of money, but only a small few.
    Franurtle Franurtle 26-30, M Aug 31, 2015

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    I also don't believe in sloth.

    Money should not be the pivot of my life. I hold onto certain values and they are never on sale. Money doesn't buy happiness. Hard earned money does provide shelter, food, cozy home for our family. Having lots of money should never be the goal of anyone's life. Sitting...
    goldfish999 goldfish999 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 15, 2015

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    kittencakes kittencakes 70+, F 5 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    Money for most is the ruler of the earth,

    some people would even kill for money. But money cant secure you happiness. Sure it may get you a new house, fancy cars and clothes and you may enjoy these things for a long time, but eventually it will become apparent that it isnt always true happiness and even people who are...
    oxzymoron oxzymoron 18-21, M Aug 25, 2014

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    I'd like to be fairly wealthy,

    as in being able to pay the bills and be left with a healthy amount of disposable income , I've got to fund my watch collection somehow! haha.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M Oct 15, 2015

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    My parents have been divorced ever

    since I was too young to remember, my mom was always the poor one and my dad the rich one. I was always so much happier when I was at my mom, then when I was at my dads. My mom's house has always felt like more of a home than my dads, no matter how much money he has.
    abbybellan abbybellan 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2015

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    I believe I need the freedom to live my life

    the way I want to live it to be genuinely happy.
    BrotherKagiso BrotherKagiso 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 26, 2015

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    For everyone wishing to be more happy without

    money, I accept checks, money orders, cash, and paypal.
    thenicholasexperience thenicholasexperience 31-35, M Jan 9

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    What ever happened to the simple life,

    I just want someone who just like to sit and cuddle without having to go out and spend money. Everyone who I talk to or see who has ton of money is miserable. I would rather be poor and happy if you ask me.
    Harleygirl09 Harleygirl09 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 1

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    A Little Goes a Long Way!

    I grew up poor, so I know how that is. Not that I ever want to be that poor again, but if I ever landed there, I could deal. BUT, as for the other extreme, of being rich... nah... it's not for me. The things in life that makes me happy are free. =p I just need enough money to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 18, 2008

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    I don't have big dreams like most people.

    I don't want a job simply for the sake of earning money like most people. I just want something simple and peaceful. Something I'll enjoy and make lots of memories doing. Perhaps one day I'll open my own small business. I'm not sure what kind, but it'll be something I greatly...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 21, 2015

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    Most Martinicans are poor by Western standards.

    You get used to having a limited income, my father says. Yes he's made it possible for me to travel in Europe by selling a piece of land he inherited from his mother.
    Ducostrinity Ducostrinity 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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    Not That It Hurts

    Money is great. It gives people the means to accomplish their goals, feed themselves, support their families, and has a multitude of other uses. However, the presence of money in life doesn't automatically equate happiness. Sure, it makes things easier, but money alone cannot...
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 16, 2008

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    I don't need to be rich to be happy.

    Everyone is responsible for their own happiness. Being rich is different for each person. So I should say money doesn't make a person happy.
    Gambler715 Gambler715 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 16, 2015

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    Money cannot buy happiness,

    I know this has been said a million times but that's just because it's the truth. Yes we need money to supply us with our basic needs, however in terms of happiness it's all on you and how you view things. Remember no matter how bad you have it somewhere someone is facing...
    Dage23 Dage23 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    The less I own the happier I am.

    I don't spend all of my time working to pay off bills for things I don't need. Keep it simple and breathe easy.
    faerieoglen faerieoglen 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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    first u own the things

    and then they own u....
    ashut5 ashut5 22-25, M Dec 29, 2015

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    what is so good about being rich?

    Yeah you can buy everything you want and desire. Where's the fun in that ? I rather be poor, down on my arse with nothing and have the love of my life and her boys. Money cannot buy love and happiness. Money me and absolutely nothing to me. It comes and goes. love and memories...
    BarbiesMan BarbiesMan 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 15, 2015

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    Not financially speaking,

    at least! We can be rich without money.
    BlueEyedGeekery BlueEyedGeekery 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 16, 2015

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    Money = ???

    Money isn't everything to me--maybe it's because it's never been scarce and never been the center of my happiness.  I'm rich in health (most of the time) and rich in lessons learned.  Rich in friends and life, rich in love and integrity, dignity, compassion, sympathy...
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech 22-25, F 1 Response May 25, 2009

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    money is easy to obtain.

    .... competitiveness is hard to maintain
    Rain0069 Rain0069 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2015

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    There's nothing wrong with being rich.  I've always thought it would be fun to have money to spare.Having said that, I don't need scads of money to be happy.Right now I'm on a fixed income.  It's not a large amount, but it keeps a roof over my head and food in my mouth.  It...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    Just because you have rich parents,

    it doesn't make you smart ***!
    aidenau aidenau 26-30, M Jul 22, 2014

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    Here is what I personally need to be happy -A

    place to live -Food and drink -My friends and family -My Bible -My God -My books -My sanity -My morals Anything else is not worth much. Money and fame is worthless if that is all you care about.
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair 18-21, M Oct 17, 2015

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    Money helps of course to be happy

    and able to buy the things l need and want. But being loved for me and loving in return brings so much happiness and fulfilment, l feel rich.
    MistyGoddess MistyGoddess 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2015

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    dixiequeen dixiequeen 36-40, F Oct 14, 2015

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    I Definitely Do Not Need To Be Rich To Be Happy.

    I Am NOT One Who Determines One's Wealth By The Amount Of Dollars In One's Pocket/Bank Account.What I Determine Wealth By Is All Of The Priceless Valuables That Money Cannot Buy. Love Peace Joy Happiness Healing Etc.This True Wealth,Me,Personally I Am Just As Happy With $5.00 In...
    BIGGSKEET BIGGSKEET 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    But I do wanna be rich!

    ! Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys a lot of things I want. However, I would be completely fine without. As long as I'm not poor. You get the idea. If I'm rich, super! If not... Thats okay. Anyway, my joy comes from the Lord! ^
    cinsky cinsky 22-25, F Oct 14, 2015

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    polylove0210 polylove0210 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    of course I don't! "money doesn't buy

    happiness" is the old cliche but it holds a lot of truth...money can seemingly make your life easier...bit make you lose focus of the truly important aspects such as friends and self discovery....I'd rather be a poor chap in the woods with a million squirrel friends than a man...
    Curiouscatbug Curiouscatbug 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 15, 2015

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    Often Confused

    When you have money you can give it away,  when you don't you can't . When people say money can't but happiness they out right lie . Money can buy peace of mind which could anybody poor could say ? No!! If I were you I set goal for insulting richness and wealth , if I fail I...
    g9 g9 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 23, 2008

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    DixieLandDiva101 DixieLandDiva101 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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    Money Cant Buy Everything

    Being rich does not necessarily mean happiness in life. There many many rich people who are rich and so unhappy. Others are poor yet they have a happpy family. Richness can buy materials things but can but happiness, good values, love etc. I happpened to live with a family which...
    Kittysandra Kittysandra 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 17, 2011

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    Not At All

    I could be happy with my girl, my pets, and my health. No money needed. I could live in a mud hut with my loved ones and be the happiest person on earth. I think too many people get caught up in the traditional materialistic sense of "success" and they miss out on what...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 3, 2009

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    cashetty69 cashetty69 51-55, M Sep 2, 2015

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    But I sure do wish I was rich.

    I don't play the lottery because I don't want to waste my money. Maybe I should go on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I would wear tiny earphones and big hair and find a way to cheat. Id buy a car first
    Fudgetruffle Fudgetruffle 26-30, F Aug 23, 2014

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