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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Yes, Money can buy happiness :)

Last week, one of my Facebook friends (and my old time colleague in TCS) raised an interesting question on the FB poll that we were conducting. This question has been so often repeated in the Indian context of upbringing : "Can money buy you happiness ??"

Like most of you, I have been brought up in a culture where traditionally money has been considered a "not so good" thing, if not bad.

It has been linked with most evils in the society today - whether it is crime, poor health or even the collapse of our own moral values. However, there is a different way to look at the entire situation. 
Money, by itself, is a dead element - which cannot be either good or bad. Let me give you a few examples to express my point:

  • Is knife good or bad?
  • Is Nuclear Energy good or bad?
  • Is Television good or bad?
Most of us are entitled to have different opinions to the above questions, depending on how we look at all these dead elements (Knife, Television or even nuclear energy). Knife can be used as our best aid in kitchen and can also be used to kill someone. Nuclear energy can supply electricity to millions or can destroy millions. Television can be an idiot box or can also impart some of the best available knowledge to our children. 

Same applies to money. Money can be considered to be the reason for all evils in the society today or can also help in bringing millions of poor out of the poverty line. It depends on how we use it.

Knife is not bad, it is the intent of the person holding the knife that can be bad. Nuclear Energy is not bad - it is the intent of the country holding the energy that can be bad. Money is not bad, it is the intent of the person possessing this money that can be bad.

To give you an example from my life, I wanted to spend a lot of time with my children, write books and plant trees but I was stuck in a corporate job with a family to support. Now, having achieved Financial Freedom (by accumulating enough money), I have been able to quit a well paying job with IBM and spend my time with the things that I love more. 

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I spend 4-5 hours with my kids everyday, drop them to school, inculcate values in them through my everyday interaction. I am a bestselling author of 3 books. I have opened an NGO and started planting trees to improve the environment around us.
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Thus, money has acted as a means to achieve my goals in life, thus contributing immensely to my everyday happiness, and also elevating millions of other lives and our society. Important is to use money with the right intent. 

Use it to serve and help the millions who are suffering. Use it to change things around you for the better. You can feed others only if your own plate is full. Fill up your plate and fill it up a little more and then let it overflow to feed the millions across the world. The happiness that follows is unimaginable !!

Money can surely buy you happiness. Get financially free to have a meaningful life !!

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The book "From the Rat Race to Financial Freedom" has many such investment concepts explained in a very simple and uncomplicated manner, especially in the Indian context.

Manoj Arora


  1. Money helps us buy means which serve as a source of happiness for so many. We are naturally happy when we make some one happy.
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    money can buy happiness