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Winning the Lottery: Money Can Buy Happiness



Joined: 12/1/2015
Posts: 1
LissyK
We are told from a young age that money cannot buy happiness. To you, it doesn’t mean much. You know you will have dinner tonight. There was a hole in your backpack, but you bought a new one when it’s time had come. Your shoes have sturdy, rubber soles. Your t-shirt was retouched with bleach many a time. And you look forward to a trip out of town with your family and friends the following weekend. You’re safe. You are taken care of. You’re a comfortable, content kid.

You notice a classmate doesn’t swipe their card the same way you do when you reach the lunch lady. They have a special bagged meal. They get free lunches. Why don’t you? You pay special attention to this child the rest of the day. It is then you notice their binder has rips all along its bindings. Multi-colored patches adorn their grass-stained jeans. They cause a ruckus in class, warranting several heavy sighs from your teacher. But the child laughs and your classmates laugh along. When the teacher warns that they will call the child’s parents if they don’t settle down, you see worry strike their face. It reaches their eyes and for a moment you see real fear. You see a mature, heavy sorrow on such a young face. It looks foreign, out of place. The kind of sorrow that only is seen on someone who has to carry a burden much bigger than they should. You see the child leave for school, waving goodbye to their friends with a smile. You watch as they look down the line of cars waiting to pick up children from your class. The child doesn’t recognize anyone. Their face drops and they look down at their shoes as they walk down the sidewalk.

Money cannot buy a positive attitude, personality, nor can it buy real love. Money cannot buy integrity or strength to carry on when life gets tough. But money can buy security and stability. Money can buy time with your loved ones. Money can ensure that someone is there to walk your child home and sit with them after school while you’re at work. Money can buy trust that you will have dinner tonight. Money can buy help if you get sick. Money can buy experiences that build relationships. You are in charge of your destiny and you are in charge of who you are. But let’s be realistic about what it’s like to struggle with money. Poverty isn’t a quick fix or a simple change in attitude. It’s about what you can provide for your life and the lives that depend on you. Can you provide safety? Health? Protection? An education? If I won the lottery, I would buy these things for myself and the people I love. Then, I would buy it for someone else who needs it. Money can buy survival and stability. That can lead you to happiness.
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Comment by LissyK


Joined: 12/1/2015
Posts: 1
We are told from a young age that money cannot buy happiness. To you, it doesn’t mean much. You know you will have dinner tonight. There was a hole in your backpack, but you bought a new one when it’s time had come. Your shoes have sturdy, rubber soles. Your t-shirt was retouched with bleach many a time. And you look forward to a trip out of town with your family and friends the following weekend. You’re safe. You are taken care of. You’re a comfortable, content kid.

You notice a classmate doesn’t swipe their card the same way you do when you reach the lunch lady. They have a special bagged meal. They get free lunches. Why don’t you? You pay special attention to this child the rest of the day. It is then you notice their binder has rips all along its bindings. Multi-colored patches adorn their grass-stained jeans. They cause a ruckus in class, warranting several heavy sighs from your teacher. But the child laughs and your classmates laugh along. When the teacher warns that they will call the child’s parents if they don’t settle down, you see worry strike their face. It reaches their eyes and for a moment you see real fear. You see a mature, heavy sorrow on such a young face. It looks foreign, out of place. The kind of sorrow that only is seen on someone who has to carry a burden much bigger than they should. You see the child leave for school, waving goodbye to their friends with a smile. You watch as they look down the line of cars waiting to pick up children from your class. The child doesn’t recognize anyone. Their face drops and they look down at their shoes as they walk down the sidewalk.

Money cannot buy a positive attitude, personality, nor can it buy real love. Money cannot buy integrity or strength to carry on when life gets tough. But money can buy security and stability. Money can buy time with your loved ones. Money can ensure that someone is there to walk your child home and sit with them after school while you’re at work. Money can buy trust that you will have dinner tonight. Money can buy help if you get sick. Money can buy experiences that build relationships. You are in charge of your destiny and you are in charge of who you are. But let’s be realistic about what it’s like to struggle with money. Poverty isn’t a quick fix or a simple change in attitude. It’s about what you can provide for your life and the lives that depend on you. Can you provide safety? Health? Protection? An education? If I won the lottery, I would buy these things for myself and the people I love. Then, I would buy it for someone else who needs it. Money can buy survival and stability. That can lead you to happiness.
Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:51:13 AM
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Joined: 11/6/2008
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On behalf of the entire StageofLife.com editorial board, I would like to congratulate you for your November Winning the Lottery essay being selected as a finalist in the running for our first place essay!

We are in the process of voting on the top essay, and will notify all finalists with a follow up message by December 23rd.

You can check this page after December 31st 2015 for all the writing contest results::
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Thanks for adding your voice to our mission “Changing the World . . . One Story at a Time” and feel free to share your accomplishment with the world.

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Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015 8:14:45 PM
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Joined: 10/30/2008
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On behalf of the entire StageofLife.com editorial board, I would like to congratulate you for your November Winning the Lottery essay being selected our one of our runners up.

You can check this page after December 31st 2015 for all the writing contest results::
http://www.stageoflife.com/Writing_Contests/WritingContestWinners.aspx

Thanks for adding your voice to our mission “Changing the World . . . One Story at a Time” and feel free to share your accomplishment with the world.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Thiegs
StageofLife.com Co-Founder and Education Consultant
Posted: Monday, December 21, 2015 11:57:49 PM
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Comment by KarenRudisill


Joined: 5/31/2019
Posts: 1
I agree with this condition that money can buy happiness. Imagine the situation. You are a student. Like any student, you have a lot of homework and lessons that have stolen all your time. This leads to the fact that you can not do the work that you like and therefore you feel unhappiness. But if you have money, you can buy any assignment on Edusson.com AU and professional writers will do your tasks quickly and efficiently. Then you will have more time for your happiness.
Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019 9:29:27 AM
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Comment by Ultima Thule


Joined: 6/5/2019
Posts: 32
Of course, you can't buy happiness for money. But you can buy a lot of material things that can make your life easier or comfortable. That's the truth. So, you should every day think of how to get some money. I can give you advice. Recently I started to play live online casino from Canada. If you are a smart person, you can earn a lot of money
Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 7:14:23 PM
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