Does Money Buy Happiness?

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Cheyenne Rogers
English 10
12/9/12
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Does Money Buy Happiness?

Many people have heard the saying “Money buys happiness”, but is that really true? Sure, we use money in our everyday life. Money is used to buy our food, clothes, and to pay for shelter, along with many of our other daily necessities. It is very important to us, even though many of us have never really thought about the affects it has on how we live and how it describes what kind of people we are. If money is so important to our survival, is it safe to say that money truly does buy our happiness? Personally, I have reason to fight both ways, but in this case, I believe that in some ways money does buy you happiness. Everything that we have and use has been bought with money in some way. We have to buy the food we eat and the place where we fall asleep at night. Without these things, we can’t survive, and how can we be happy if we cannot live? For example, what about the people in other countries that has no food to eat and no water to drink? They are starving to death. Do they look happy with their bones clearly showing beneath their skin? Sure, they may be happy knowing that they have their family to rely on, but what happens when their family dies from lack of food? Or think of the next homeless person you see on the street. They have nowhere to go and no place to live. You cannot be completely happy when you are always worrying about where your next meal will come from or where you will sleep in the cold. Another reason why I believe money buys happiness is our government and economy. Our government needs money to fix the damaged roads that we have and to help build new ones. If we did not have our roads it would be extremely hard to move from place to place to visit new and old places and to make a living. Building new houses and destroying old and unsafe houses is also important to a person’s happiness. If we did not have a place to live we would have a difficult...
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