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zvelf

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MysteryMan

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Subj: Re: I have to wonder,,,while the Hollywood condemnation of Brunei's new law...
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 10:57:49 am EDT (Viewed 128 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I have to wonder,,,while the Hollywood condemnation of Brunei's new law...
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 08:21:24 am EDT (Viewed 128 times)



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    So if you could have 10 times what you make now. You wouldn't be happier? If you didn't have to change a thing and were offered x10more....you'd be like...nah I wont be any happier.


I might think I would be happier, but that doesn't mean I will be. I'd take the money because I'd be able to help other people with it, not so much myself. That might make me happier.


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    If you make well over 100k yeah most of your worries are gone. But you see it n the millionaires...1M doesn't seem enough...they want 2M then 3M and then Billions. They don't stop.


That you project this type of greed onto others is telling as to why wealth doesn't equate to happiness. If you always believe you'll want more, then you're not happy with what you have. I don't want to own a mansion or a yacht or a luxury sports car or fancy watches or expensive jewelry. That seems more like showing off to other people. Those things might seem cool for a brief time, but repeatedly psychological studies have shown that materialistic goods don't bring about happiness after reaching a certain level of comfort. Materially I'm satisfied as is.


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    You might get used to it...jaded is the word I might use. The nicer things might become the norm...but they are still nicer.


They're only nicer relatively speaking. Then you get used to it, and if you want something even nicer, you want even more wealth. That doesn't lead to happiness.


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    You can put your big screen TV on a yacht and have dozens of super models serving you some endangered species for dinner. Money is power...and power over your life makes people happy (regardless if you abuse it or not).


That doesn't sound appealing to me at all. I don't want super models serving me endangered species for dinner on a yacht. That just sounds crass. That might sound appealing to you because you can't attain it, but I doubt you'd find it fulfilling after it became routine. Here's an example. I live in NYC where if you have the money, you can have access to practically anything you want. There is really great food in NYC. I go out for $100-$200 per person meals a few times a year, and it is amazing. If I ate like that every day or even every week, then it would not be great. It would not be special. And it would probably make everyday food much less satisfying. It would indisputably be nicer but it would not make me happier.





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