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Phrase Deprecation: "You can't buy happiness"
It's time for another round of Phrases that should be deprecated. Here on PTSBD we take a look at common cultural phrases and discuss their usages and merits and ultimately why they should be deprecated.

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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mai_neh From: mai_neh Date: April 3rd, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some psychologists have tried to study the effect of income on happiness. Generally they find that poor people do report better moods as income goes up, but once you are solidly in the middle class extra income has no effect on moods.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: April 3rd, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
So basically once you have enough to live comfortably and not paycheck-to-paycheck (or worse) then the lack of money stops having a negative effect on people.

Which is the opposite assumed affect the above phrase intends.
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