Sam Brown

Money does not make you happy?

So the age old saying goes, money doesn’t make you happy. Well? Sure it does. At least, it makes me happy!

Spending your money, sure that makes you happy, buying new clothes and tangible products has always made me happy. If I didn’t have that money to spend, I wouldn’t be as nearly as happy having to wear the same old clothes over and over again. My iPod for example has provided me with countless hours of entertainment, travelling for about 3 hours a day to get to and from work, my iPod really is “sams best friend”. If I couldn’t afford an iPod, I wouldn’t be able to listen to music, thus, I wouldn’t be happy travelling to and from work.

Forgetting material goods for a second, whilst at work I every now and again walk up the road to GoGo the nearest and best coffee shop. I’ve been in there a lot over the past 8 months or so and Greg, the owner of the shop knows me. He knows what I have, we chat when I come in, he talks about his kids, work etc. We respect each other, I’d probably even go as far to say he is a friend.

So my thought for today is this, money does make you happy, but spending money buying big expensive things.. this is a different kind of happy.

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Sean 19 April 2005, 01:24 #1

What about wifey? She wasn’t a mail order bride…or was she? o_O
Just kidding :)

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.