Turns Out, It Can* (limited time only, exclusions apply)

I’ll give you all I got to give if you say you’ll love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love
Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no

Song, “Can’t Buy Me Love” – John Lennon & Paul McCartney, 1962

I’m discovering I’m a slow writer when it comes to the confessional sorts of posts this blog requires. In the interest of keeping things more active and to prove to you I am thinking about what should be said here even when I’m not posting, I’ll be sharing some articles and videos that are topical to Unitarian Universalism and to issues of wealth and money.

It turns out money can buy you happiness — provided you’re not spending it on yourself. Here’s a TED talk that I recently viewed and that I found very interesting. I’ll be curious about your thoughts.

Illustration: Watercolor, Avarice, Lincoln Seligman. Private collection.


3 thoughts on “Turns Out, It Can* (limited time only, exclusions apply)

  1. I’m reading (or actually listening to as I drive on a long trip) “Why Buddhism Is True,” by Robert Wright, and like so much else lately it has me thinking about how we humans evolved to be hunter-gatherers. I see this as another example of that.

    As part of a small tribe, the hunter gatherer generally knew everyone s/he came in contact with. Giving to others would both strengthen the bonds in the group and enhance the status of the giver. So it makes sense that evolution would reward giving with a drop of dopamine.

    And, BTW, my mother said very few wise things during her impoverished lifetime, but one was: “You’re never too poor to give to charity.”

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  2. What seems true in my experience is that a basic level of money, such that you are not living on the edge of ruin, have housing, health care, enough to eat, etc, definitely buys happiness. Also, spending on experiences rather than things buys happiness.

    I was just reading yet another one of those articles that say to donate money rather than goods—this time the topic was food to food pantries. Apparently food pantries can make a dollar go further than you can, so you should give them the money rather than buying food yourself and donating it. You’re not supposed to donate clothing either, just money. The reasons make complete sense when you think about it, but I still find that giving money is pretty impersonal, and it doesn’t make me feel all that good. It feels like paying a bill, basically.

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  3. This reminds me of something else I came across recently, which also makes a lot of sense. Spending on things that make like easier (like, for example, a microwave) do make people happier. I see that as reducing stress, but I’d call that happier.

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