Today's phrase is "You can't buy happiness" or "Money can't buy happiness". This phrase is often used to or about those who have money by those who don't have as much. It can also be used about those who think money is everything, though that usage is less frequent or direct. The problem with this phrase is that the implication, that not having money will make you happy, isn't any truer than the original phrase. In a way this phrase is defensive for the person who doesn't have as much money and derogatory toward the person who has more.
As an anecdotal response, walking by a kennel the other day I saw a sign that read something like: 'Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies.'
So the next time you start to say "You can't buy happiness" think about why you're saying it and perhaps say something else instead.
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