Can Money Really Buy You Happiness?

The power of wealth and its consequences.

Kenny Wongchamcharoen
5 min readJan 12, 2021
Photo by Alexander Mils on Unsplash

“Money makes the world go round.”

This popular saying conveys just how important money is perceived to be. Indeed, money is incredibly important as, without it, we cannot purchase daily necessities or indulge in holidays and other enjoyable activities.

Acquiring money and achieving financial freedom are regarded as extremely crucial by people from all walks of life. In fact, some people even believe that the amount of money you possess can be an indicator of your happiness in life.

However, it has been said that money cannot buy happiness we get from our relationships with our loved ones. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that happiness can be bought with money as individuals can live a fulfilled life if they possess material comforts and a good health.

I do believe that money can buy happiness as money can be spent on creature comforts which is one of the aspects of happiness. If one defines the best things that one regards in life as happiness, one must acknowledge that to experience happiness in the first place, one must be able to purchase one’s basic needs.

Sadly, these necessary items in life, such as food, water, home, or healthcare are not free. Money is…



Kenny Wongchamcharoen

✒️ Writer for ‘The Ascent’, ‘Real Life Resilience’, and ‘Voice Tech Podcast’, currently based in Singapore and Thailand.