Happiness is really dependent on the individual. Money may help some people to achieve true happiness, but it's only a factor among many things.
Best example I can give is in relation to my own life.
To start, I want to state that around 8 years ago, I had to have surgery. At that time, I didn't have insurance. So, yeah, it ended up costing me
around $25k+ to pay it all off. Because I just recently got a new job, money wasn't flowing in as much as I liked. Well, after a few years, I did
eventually get it all paid off, just ended up getting hounded by debt collectors constantly throughout the day, every day. Not a sob story, just
helping paint a picture.
During that time, one of my best friends moved to a city about an hour away, and got a very good job. Last I recall, he was making over $40k/year
doing graphic design. He was well liked at his job, and was with a bunch of friends that he knew back from his college days. He's a very sociable
Only reason I paint these pictures, is because during one of his visits, he told me something that stuck with me. He looked at me, knowing full well
that I did not have a car, worked a job that I didn't like, rode the bus to work, or walked six miles to and from. I was being hounded by debt
collectors(though at that time, not as bad as before), and I had very bad credit. Yet, despite all of that, I was happy. Genuinely happy with life.
He was jealous, because he was not happy. I don't remember his exact words, but what he told me was something like this.
"I have everything in life I'm supposed to have. I have a good job, make a lot of money, paid off my debts, and am doing what I was told I'm
supposed to do, yet I'm not happy. You're poor, in debt, working a bad job, and you're happy. I don't get it."
It made me happy, and sad to hear him say that. Happy, because that despite what life's given me, I could keep being happy, but sad to know that my
best friend was far from it. Sad to know that he's attained everything he's wanted, but couldn't find happiness. I haven't talked to him in
awhile, but I really do hope he's happy.
So with that example, I can honestly say that money will not bring happiness to anyone. What brings happiness, is the self. Money just may be a
factor in attaining what they desire. But not for everyone.