It's been said that money makes the world go around, it's been said that money is the root of all evil, it's also been said that money isn't important unless you don't have it and it's even been said that money is power. But just because it's been said, doesn't mean it's true.

What is this strange lure that money has us? All it is at the end of the day is the means to material gain. It only has power if we are as naive as to believe that happiness can be found in material things. Sure, we all need to eat and a place to live, but beyond that, how much is truly necessary?

Happiness isn't for sale, those who have it would never part with it for any amount of money even if they could. While you need money to live and a little more for comfort can't hurt, no matter how big of a house you move in, it will still seem too cramped, no matter how fast the car you buy, it will still seem weak and no matter how nice the clothes or jewelry, it will still seem paltry and pale.

The happiest people are more satisfied with a meaningful fake diamond than a real one bought for no reason, the happiest people find the merit in their beat-up cars and their small but cozy houses. The happiest people don't need a bucket of money or a sea of pocket change to smile, they just need the things that fill their heart and those things are almost always free.

So the next time you find yourself craving the bigger, the better and the more expensive, just remember that if something material makes you truly happy, you are already the poorest person alive.

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