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Money, Giving, and Happiness (Frugal Friday)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 7, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Budget Living,Frugal Friday | 15 Comments

Can money buy happiness? Check out this video for some interesting thoughts on the topic.

I stumbled across this video during a web-surfing session earlier this week. I found it to be intriguing. Hopefully, you’ll have a chance to watch it. It’s short and insightful.

If not, the crux of the clip is that money can buy happiness — depending on how you spend it. The idea is that giving to others can bring you more joy. I think I’m apt to agree with that.

Earlier this week I did one of those pay-it-forward things that was floating on Facebook at the start of the year. It sort of turned out to be a pay-it-backward kind of thing since I remembered that I had already signed up for one of those things and then never delivered.

Anyway, the process of gifting Starbucks cards to an eclectic group of friends and acquaintances was such FUN! It felt good to give. It was money well spent and I don’t miss it. at. all.

I know that donating toys and food at the holidays felt good. I know that buying a cup of coffee for the lady behind me was such fun. Doing good and sharing with others is hedonistic in a sense, but also what God has called us to do.

I’m curious what you think about the topic.

Can money buy happiness?

Does giving make you feel good? What did YOU think of the video?

This is Frugal Friday. In an effort to make these weekly financial discussions more interactive, I’m no longer posting a link-up. Feel free to leave a link. But better yet, chat with us in the comments.


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