Material Possessions Does Not Being Happiness

1010 WordsFeb 25, 20184 Pages
Do material possessions—money, property, jewelry, clothing—make people truly happy? Does it have a permanent positive impact? There is an accurate and well known saying that, "Money cannot buy happiness." In this modernized world material possessions—including money, wealth, jewelry, and housing—is more a part of necessity for daily living rather than happiness. People can argue any method, whether material possessions result in true happiness or not. However, if one wants permanent happiness then they don’t need to waste money on material goods. Yes, some people can gain happiness by buying items they have always wanted, but that happiness usually lasts for a few days, after that it is lost and the item is forgotten. True happiness is something that is permanent and cannot be achieved through material possessions; the pleasure and excitement gained from materials only last a short amount of time and cannot make one permanently happy. Can materials truly result into happiness for one? Henry David Thoreau, an American author and poet, proved his believes that materials mean nothing and are a waste of time and money. He demonstrates his point by stating, “But men labor under a mistake....by a seeming fate, commonly called necessity...laying up treasures...thieves break through and steal. It is a fool’s life...they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before. (854)” This establishes the fact that Thoreau believes that spending money on materials or necessities is
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