Persuasive Essay: Can Money Buy Happiness?

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Can Money Buy Happiness?
As a young child, it always seems like material things can bring happiness. It’s one toy on to the next. First you have to have this princess doll and then next you need this art set, but once you get those things they instantly become not as important. Every year we went on a vacation to Hilton Head Island and I begged my parents for a hermit crab. I thought that this one little crab would make me the happiest girl in the world. Each time we would enter the store where they were sold I would gaze into their cage and watch them scramble all over each other. Soon enough I was able to buy it with my own money one year. Less than 24 hours later, it had died on the car ride home. As I sat in the car I began to wonder whether or not that crab had actually made me as happy as I thought it would in the years prior. I realized that maybe the age-old saying “money can’t buy happiness” is true. Or is it?
Can Money actually make you happy? It’s a question that’s been around for decades. And despite what you may believe, it actually can. If you spend it in the correct way. Using money to buy happiness in the wrong ways can end up becoming a paradox. The more you make, the more you want and the more you have, it becomes less effective in bringing happiness. Buying a new fancy car or tv might bring you a short burst of joy, but as humans, we follow a pattern known as the “hedonic treadmill”. To picture this “hedonic treadmill” you need to picture a graph with a

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