Day 26: Money can’t buy happiness.

Actually, money can’t buy a lot of things. But, as I sat in the salon listening to the woman next to me complain about her husband, her children, her home, her life and her motivation, I couldn’t help but think that she was the perfect example of that statement.

Wearing a diamond ring larger than any I’ve seen before, fumbling through her $5,000 purse to find her car keys to shut the car alarm of her $150,000 Mercedes, she continued on about how her husband doesn’t listen to her. About how he doesn’t care. About how when she gets upset with him his response is to buy her something new. Be it diamonds or electronics or vehicles, he’s bought it all for her and he still hasn’t learned that what she wants most is for him to listen.

As she continued on talking about how her children were spoiled brats who didn’t understand the values of anything in life, I couldn’t help but wonder if she played a hand in making them that way. I don’t think it was intentional, but I do think that when they’re not looking, parents play a larger role in passing on bad behaviours to their kids then they believe.

Here’s the thing: the woman was clearly very depressed with her life. Something that seemed quite ‘beautiful’ from the outside, at a personal level was tearing her up. She was not happy. And maybe too afraid to do anything about it. (That last part is absolutely speculation) And, as I watched what seemed like a perfect exterior fall apart in a salon chair, I couldn’t help but think about the fact that material possessions are nothing more than that. Possessions can’t give peace of mind. Possessions can’t make you happy. Sure, they can make things easier, if you use them properly. But they won’t buy your happiness.

I’ve never been someone to be wowed by fancy things. With a whole world out there to explore, I have no desire for diamonds, I desire experience. I want to walk with penguins in Antarctica and go cave diving in Madagascar. I want to see the whole world. And yes, money is needed to travel. There is a bit of a catch-twenty-two there. But watching her, clearly deeply unhappy with her life and how it’s turned out, I was reminded that experiences are far more important than things.

She, for me, will serve as a reminder that things are not necessary. Money can’t buy happiness. Money cannot buy peace of mind. Actually, money cannot buy a lot of things. Money can’t buy:

  • Respect
  • Truth
  • Work-life balance
  • Natural Beauty
  • Manner
  • Common Sense
  • A clear conscience
  • Purpose in life
  • Integrity
  • Good Friends
  • A long life
  • Close-knit family
  • An open mind
  • A worry-free day
  • Trust
  • A new beginning
  • A great idea
  • An honest politician
  • Peace of mind
  • A good hair day
  • Patience
  • Luck
  • Happy Memories
  • Time to relax
  • A strong work ethic
  • A positive attitude
  • A happy home
  • Good Karma
  • Blessings
  • Appreciation and love of the simple things
  • True Love
  • A new shot at a missed opportunity
  • Peace in the World
  • A golden anniversary
  • Talent
  • A second chance
  • Quality time with the ones you love
  • Wisdom
  • Happiness
  • Intelligence
  • Humility
  • A good reputation
  • A 25 hour day
  • Youth
  • Experience
  • Class
  • Justice
  • Perspective
  • Selflessness

8 thoughts on “Day 26: Money can’t buy happiness.

  1. I actually had this same experience or same thoughts about one of my coworkers. She is literally the prime example of how MONEY cannot buy happiness!! She is an Occupational Therapist married to an FBI Agent. They live in such a nice house, have the nicest things materialistically … they so much they a lot of people could ever want BUT their marriage and even relationship before marriage has always been on the rocks… they’re love isn’t forreal.. it’s more like “I love you” for show. Everything is for show actually and it’s sad. She’s a good and one of the sweetest people I know but she’s also so miserable.

    Very well written post and I literally could not agree more! Money really can’t buy happiness!! I’m on WordPress too and I would love to connect with you! Here’s my latest post actually
    Happy Saturday and Happy Blogging !! xoxo!


  2. Things and earthly possessions are candy 🍭 in the shadowlands superstore, always were and always will be… but the journey to real life starts when we start to notice, like Neo, that something isn’t quite right about what is told to us by man in his so called wisdom. All the outer possessions are a shadow of the real riches of the inner life where the lamb and lion and peace and love reign and wash the world…. ah Xanadu, ecstasy await that no shadowland plant 🌱 or chemically induced drug could replicate – nirvana nexus endorphins…. welcome to the real world baby girl 😉

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  3. Reblogged this on Notes and commented:
    I think she forgot to include the most important thing in this comprehensive list of items money can’t buy; she, herself, you, me. How unfortunate it is that there are some people actually “for sale” (not as in slavery) but to die for money or the one who has money. Include gold-diggers in here (pretty please).


  4. Nicely done.
    Fix the spelling error “lie” to “life” and maybe * second chance… Cause I know people who bought one but I loved your prose, the thoughtfulness of your introspection and thank you for dropping by letters2jamison. I think you would like the post called weaponized sex… If more people saw the end result beforehand…
    Have a great weekend.


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