Can Money Buy Happiness?

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“Can money buy happiness?” has been a cliche question for centuries, and there have been numerous studies and debates on this topic. Yet, no one seems to have a definite answer. In the video Money and Happiness, Michael Norton states explicitly that money does bring people happiness if you spent it on other people rather than on yourself. Although his interesting and novel answer is contrary to people’s natural instinct, it makes me reflect on my past experience of spending on others, and helps me understand the true benefits of this spending habit.
It is common that most people are more than willing to spend money on themselves, either to fulfill their requirements or to satisfy their vanity, and I was one of those people. Being the youngest child of the family, I was spoiled. My families, especially my grandfather, have always bought me whatever I desired without blink of an eye. As a result, I took his affection for granted and often spent money in a self-centered way. There were numerous times when I spent on clothings and accessories to simply please myself. It was not until my grandfather’s birthday a few years ago that I realized it is not about spending, but the fact of spending on others that promotes true happiness.
On that day, I went to the mall and bought a few shirts with a birthday card. Those gifts were not costly so I did not expect much reaction from my grandfather. But instead, the moment I handed my gift and said “Happy Birthday” to my grandfather, I

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