Jan 7, 2014

when money does indeed buy happiness


Whoever said "money doesn't buy happiness," obviously never lived on a boat. I mean, I get where they're coming from… a lot of this experience has been about living with less and enjoying it. I really do love the minimalism. Part of the reason that we are able to even have this experience is because we decided to "go small and go now." We scrimp and save and go without. And we usually do just fine.

But when the weather has dealt you a bad hand for more than a week straight, and you've been without sleep for as long, and you know that the pie and margaritas are there, but you just can't get to them, it just might be time to throw a little money at the problem.

The minute that we pulled into the marina, we felt like we had landed on an entirely different island. So this is Key West. (Actually, we have been here once before, for just a day, on our honeymoon, so we knew what was here and that it was possible to have a good time.) We were able to walk around town a bit before the big storm started rolling in. And all of a sudden it was upon us, and everyone was out on the docks standing in awe of it's power. And we knew, paying to stay in a marina through this kind of weather was some of the best money we have ever spent. Money buys safety, and money buys pie, and both of those things contribute significantly to my happiness.  I plan on spending the next few days being very, very happy.

What do you think?  Can money buy happiness?


21 comments:

  1. If money buys pie, then money DEFINITELY buys happiness. Key lime is my absolutely favorite :) Have a piece for me!

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  2. I love Key West! We went there on a family vacation and rode mopeds around the island. I think that spending time with friends while you are spending money brings happiness :) but it isn't as fun spending money when you are alone.

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    1. Getting a bike or a scooter is a great way to see the island! And yes, spending money while you are spending time with friends is definitely more fun! :)

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  3. It can totally buy happiness when it includes Pie and free Wifi!! :)

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  4. Money can totally buy happiness, it bought me fresh Krispy Kreme donuts this week and I was soooo happy!

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  5. In this case, it definitely does!!
    Glad you guys are safe! I wish I could be sippin' on a margarita right now.

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  6. Money can buy SOME kinds of happiness, just not ALL kinds of happiness. Like it can buy boats, and margaritas, and super cute shoes...but it can't buy real friendship or compassion or true love.

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  7. I think happiness is a decision, no matter what happens. Pie or no pie. :)

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    1. In most cases, I would agree with you. Pie of course, is just a lighthearted joke. :) There are some conditions, however, that just aren't conducive to happiness (or safety!) whatsoever, and in those cases I think it's wisest just to get out of them. Sometimes money is required. :)

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  8. Ha, whoever said money can't buy happiness was obviously not poor. I've never been to Key West, but we are talking about spending next New Years there. Looks fantastic!

    jess | Quaintrelle

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  9. I agree with your meaning of money buying happiness in this sense. Money can certainly make for an amazing experiences that enriches one's mind and soul. When it comes to materialistic items however, money certainly in my point of view, doesn't make up for happiness there. Great post!

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    1. That's very true. Spending money on the experiences instead of just materialistic things is usually a much more worthwhile expenditure. Thanks for your insight! :)

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  10. love the pics! I've totally been there! to key west, that is. not the marina. unless that's the same place the boats dock that take you parasailing. ah, such good memories as i sit here in my office FREEZING. yes, sometimes money can buy happiness, which in my case means a heater.

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  11. Looks like a great place! In your case, money can definitely buy happiness! But there are most definitely some situations that I always tell my husband, money can't buy that happiness ;) Such as him working away from home "because it's good money" Ain't no body got time for that!

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    1. I agree completely! There are definitely times when the money just isn't worth it. :)

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  12. Like you said, I think there's a time to live minimally and you can be happy, but there's also a time to spend money on something and be happy. I'm glad to hear you were out of the bad weather!

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  13. GAhhh! I want to visit Key West because your pictures show that it is an outstanding place!

    Balancing the saving and the splurging leads to the most happiness. If you guys had been throwing money down at every stop along the way, it wouldn't be such a treat and so appreciated to be savoring your experience now.

    -Amy

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    1. Good point, it really is about keeping a good balance! It makes the little things feel like luxuries, too. :)

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  14. I was just catching up on all of your posts. Sorry to hear about the weather! I get seasick, so that would've been a bad time for me to be trapped on the water. Ugh.

    And yes, I do think money can buy happiness. It doesn't fix everything, but it definitely makes life easier. Like when you just need to stay in the marina, or when your toilet breaks (us!) and you need to buy a new one.

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  15. Money is just a source of getting what you "want". Wanting something is associated with temporary satisfaction and thus happiness. If you are looking for a long term (ever lasting) happiness, then look within yourself. Money only makes life more complicated. I'm a Forex Fund Manager and I see how frustratedly my customers come to me as I solve their problems.

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  16. Money certainly cannot buy happiness. What it buys is the "feeling" that you are happy, that also temporarily. You can also think that money buys things which are destructible, which will make you sad, gloomy and depressed. If you want to be happy then change your mind set.

    Regards,
    Shweta
    Online Business Ideas

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