Monday, December 7, 2009

Buying Happiness

Whoever first said, “Money can’t buy happiness,” probably didn’t have any. Sounds like sour grapes.

Today millions of people are devoting much time and energy “buying happiness.” And they’ll succeed. Christmas morning will elicit squeals of delight at the sight of shiny new bicycles, happy hoots when the latest electronic gizmos are unwrapped, and bright smiles when coveted sweaters, jewelry and other treasures emerge from gaily colored boxes.

The only problem? The happiness money buys won’t last. Novelty fades and fascination gives way to familiarity. Today’s technological wonder becomes tomorrow’s ho-hum as something faster and flashier succeeds it. Even new cars get dirty and dented. Wreck your sedan – where’s “happiness” then?

Years ago I heard a radio speaker put it into perspective: Happiness is not to be confused with joy. Happiness is dependent on happenings – externals – while joy comes from within and can remain untarnished by things that occur outside our control.

For instance, a new picture may make me happy, but if I pound my thumb with a hammer while preparing a place to hang it, I’m no longer happy. However, if that picture contains images of people I love, my joy in beholding it remains even while my thumb throbs.

Joy transcends isolated events. It involves contentment, fulfillment, meaning, even a sense of belonging. This is why James 1:2 can tell us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” We may not be happy about losing a job, not being able to buy things we want, or having to deal with some dreaded disease, but we can still retain joy in knowing God loves us, has our best interests at heart, and is not surprised by any adversities we may encounter.

Money can buy fleeting happiness, but it can’t buy joy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Invest $20,000 Got $100,000 in 2 hours--1000% After 2 Hours.
Perpetuity-Income is here to provide all investors oversea with a professional investment platform and help you to achieve your dream of making money online without too many skills. By joining us, you're participating in a reliable and best service program ever. We aim to offer reasonable interest rates and if you need a long-standing program, looking for promising and profitable investment opportunities, you will find the ideal partner. As our faith, secure platform, fast payments, fast and friendly service, reasonable plans are the key of a successful program. the money invested with us is what will be taking to the international market, OPEC to trade which later yield many profit to pay our investors profit.
Date: 2009-11-28 04:47
Batch: 236479xx
From Account: U8334345 (PerpetuityIncome)
Amount: $100,000.00
Memo: Perpetuity-Income

The min deposit is only $100, You can get $200 in 4 hours
1000% in 2 hours. Never missing payment

You can find the site listed on

If you don't get paid from Perpetuity-Income ,please mailto:
I will return 100% of your deposit.You have real no risk!