Thanks for the definitions from dictionary.com LadyCool21. I’d like to reference a more authoritative source that hopefully will provide a more
demonstrative use of the terms than dictionary.com was designed to do, if you please.
According to Cambridge Dictionaries available online at dictionary.cambridge.org the more complete definition of “Happiness” a derivative of the word
“Happy” is the following,
Feeling, showing or causing pleasure or satisfaction:
A happy marriage/childhood
She looks so happy.
School days are said to be the happiest days of your life.
Nicky seems a lot happier since she met Steve.
You'll be happy to know that Jean is coming with us.
I'm perfectly happy to (= I will willingly) help out.
I'm so happy (that) everything is working out for you.
Barry seems happy enough working for himself.
Are you happy about/with (= satisfied with) your new working arrangements?
Your mother's not going to be very happy when she sees the mess you've made!
FORMAL The manager will be happy (= is willing) to see you this afternoon
The derivative “Happiness”
The feeling of being happy:
It was only later in life that she found happiness and peace of mind.
FORMAL Will you join me in wishing the bride and groom every happiness?
And the plural definition of “Pleasure” – “Pleasurable”
Adjective SLIGHTLY FORMAL
A pleasurable evening/meal
A pleasurable sensation
It is noticeable that in the more academically accepted Cambridge Dictionary no reference is made to money, fortune, providence or luck. On the
contrary as I have held throughout this friendly debate the Cambridge definition speaks to emotional experiences more important than an ice cream cone
or new purse and shoes as shown in the definition of “pleasurable” as being a “sensation”. Sensations are not something we can judge our happiness on.
Sensations and the pursuit of greater and greater amounts are the cause of much malaise in our society according to the American Psychological
Let me now introduce the findings of a study found on the American Psychological Association
website entitled “If I Were A Rich Man...”,
Quoted from the APA,
“We all know the saying that “Money can’t buy happiness.” Recent psychological research has not only shown the truth of this maxim, but has begun to
demonstrate that when people organize their lives around the pursuit of wealth, their happiness can actually decrease.”
“Research on how happiness relates to material wealth by psychologists Edward Diener, Ph.D., and David Myers, Ph.D., clearly documents that people are
happier if they live in wealthy rather than poor nations. However, once individuals have enough money to pay for their basic needs of food, shelter,
etc., money does relatively little to improve happiness. Further, increases in neither national economic growth nor personal income have much effect
on changes in the personal happiness of citizens.”
I encourage judges and audience to study the APA site, peruse the information available along with using links provided by the APA at the end of
their article for further insight into the subject of “Money Can Buy Happiness”
Now that we have gone through an education on word definitions, referenced studies supporting the assertion money doesn’t equal happiness let’s
address some of my debate partners assertions.
The power of advertising and capitalist market economy’s conspired for hundreds of years to make people believe that the attainment of material goods
will indeed be the path and solution to the age old question of happiness. I can understand LadyCool21 equating a fleeting temporarily pleasurable
experience such as affording a takeaway, CD, book, shoes or even a chance at a winning lottery ticket because this is what has been falsely taught to
all of us in western industrialized nations almost from birth. Happiness is the attainment wealth, people that espouse happiness without wealth are
considered odd or eccentric by most members of western society – they have ideals that create suspicion amongst the brainwashed masses of advertising
victims that most have become.
Want some proof of this, ask yourself how many times have you judged someone’s worth, smartness and by default happiness by the car they drive or the
clothes they wear and where they live – have you sat in judgement due to societal norms, bet you have. Because if you haven’t you can consider
yourself unusual in this respect. Why? Because social programming has been in place to prevent your thinking happiness can be obtained any other way
for many years.
Many of us have become enlightened through rejection of the status quo early on, the wisdom of age or just plain stubbornness in not accepting things
the way they are. I think we are truly the happiest and most realistic group in society because we know better than to equate money with our