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Money Cannot Buy Happiness

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Do you think that money is the most important thing in the world? Can happiness really be bought by money? In a money-oriented city like Hong Kong, it is not strange that over a third of youth think that money can buy happiness. Yet, it is an irony that our pillars carry such a thought. In this essay, I will examine the reasons for their belief in the power of money. I will also argue that money cannot buy happiness

First of all, a comfortable life can be brought if we are rich. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to see people complain about their low standard of living. The low educated groups always have to worry about their living. They may worry about losing their jobs as they always work as low skilled workers. Their jobs are not stable at all. They may not be able to cope with their daily lives, let alone being happy. Under such circumstances, money can buy happiness. If they have got more money, they no longer have to worry all the time. They can have a better life by at least having the daily necessities. If they are richer, they can even enjoy themselves by buying expensive clothes, eating in the first class restaurants. Money can bring poor people happiness as their living standards are improved.

Besides, money can fulfill the vanity of people, in turn, it will make people happy. Many people in society like to pursue the brand name fashion or products like Miu Miu, Theme, D&G, to list just a few, especially the young generation. Very often, they may not have enough money to buy what they want as they are still students. They tend to skip meals in order to save money. They like to wear brand name fashion to show off. They may feel inferior if they lack money to equip themselves with expensive brand-name clothes. They, then, will lack the self-esteem and self-confidence and thus will feel upset. If they get a lot of money, they can buy whatever they want. They have chances to fulfil their vanity and be proud of themselves. In effect, they will be happy....

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