“There are things money can’t buy. For everything else there’s Mastercard”. Michael J. Sandel.
Money can get you many things in life which will give you a superficial happiness that gets sated very fast. There are many things in life money cannot buy. Can money buy you happiness? Of course, it cannot. Happiness is a state of mind which has nothing to do with money.
There isn’t anything wrong with having money. Making more money is something we should all do to achieve our goals, help others in need, and to have choices in life. However, money is not the most stand-alone important thing in life.
Money has never made man happy, nor will it; there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
In fact, there are many things which are vital to our happiness and well-being that simply can’t be bought. Below you’ll find 12 invaluable things that money can’t buy.
No matter how rich you are, you can’t get back time once it’s gone. It’s free for everyone yet no-one can own it but use it. Each passing second is the time that will never get back. You can get more money, but you can never get more time. It is more valuable than money.
Despite all of the scientific and medical advances, there is no practical way to extend your life significantly. The extremely wealthy have spent countless amounts of money in the vain attempt to extend their lives only to find out that they die around the same age like everyone else.
No amount of money will be able to turn the clocks back. We must simply take life in, moment-by-moment, while experiencing it to the fullest.
It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.
Money can help us afford the best health care services, but health itself? Not exactly. We’ve seen millionaires and billionaires lose their lives to a range of diseases that all their money put together could not cure.
Besides the fact that it doesn’t buy us health, sometimes the pursuit of it takes good health away from us.
It’s almost depressing to see celebrities spend outrageous amounts of money in the vain attempt to keep their “natural beauty”. First off, aging is natural beauty; wrinkling is natural beauty; gray hair is natural beauty. On the other hand, surgical procedures that implant plastic and other medicinal substances into the body? This is not at all natural.
Each of us is born with some expertise, and when it is properly nurtured and harnessed, it can turn into a skill. Talent comes naturally, and no amount of money can buy it.
It explains why many people spend their entire lives trying to learn how to play one single sport while others, without any experience, plays beautifully even the first time.
Money can be used to nurture talent, but that inborn capability is something you cannot purchase with any amount of money.
4. TRUE FRIENDSHIP
Possessing money may certainly attract people who want to be friends, but it doesn’t guarantee true friendship. Most true friends love one another…and what did we discuss about money and love? The same concept applies here.
True and lasting friends are the ones there during the ‘boom’ and are still there during the ‘bust’. Money and possessions don’t matter to true friends…your person matters.
The number of people you hang out with doesn’t signify how many real friends you have while you have money. You can pay for things hoping to make people friends but don’t be surprised to find out that most of those people will disappear when you need them the most.
There is a misunderstanding in society that when they are rich, people will naturally respect them. No, this is not true at all. It has nothing to do with your wealth. If you are disrespectful to other people, you will be disrespected no matter the amount of wealth you possess.
Respect for yourself and others are an essential part of becoming a better person. If you don’t respect yourself, you will never make the most out of your own life. And if you don’t respect others, you will never get enough respect from others
Thus money cannot buy you respect, but your action does.
People will talk beautiful things in front of you and help you get things done, but not because they respect you, but because you have the money to spend on them.
Money can buy lust, attraction and power…but it can’t buy love. This is because love is something intimate; something heartfelt; something mysterious. Money is none of these things. Money is simply a method of exchange – no more and no less. It’s used to pay for a product or a service; its convenience, comfort, and luxury – none of which typify what human beings truly need.
Many of us find this lesson out the hard way. We accumulate more, only to feel emptier. This is because we are raised in a culture that glamorizes wealth; which, in effect, leads to misconceptions and false beliefs.
Another thing in the list that money can’t buy is wisdom. You cannot grow more wisdom through buying it. It has a lot to do with experiencing and learning. If you want to be intelligent, you have to learn through the process of experiencing and learning it.
There is no way you can skip the process and become wise, even when you are rich. You can learn more information by buying courses, but true wisdom comes from applying and experiencing these pieces of knowledge rather than just buying it.
The information that you accumulate, the elements of your intellect, and the ways that you exhibit wisdom can never be bought. Have you ever wondered why some of the wealthiest people seem to act in the most asinine ways? This is because money or something else has influenced their thought processes.
Some wealthy people have stated how money makes them feel ‘invincible’, and as a result, have made some truly bad decisions. So it’s not only the acquisition of this knowledge that makes it invaluable, it’s the practical application of this knowledge…neither of which money can buy.
9. LONG LIFE
During birthdays, we wish people a long, prosperous and healthy life. Money would be the best gift to send to loved ones to buy these things.
But since you can’t, you wish these individuals the best life has to offer. You may also give them fun and loving experiences without money.
Money may be able to suppress the truth for a while, but the fact cannot be erased.
Often, people spend money to push beliefs or an agenda, and even to create biased research to force an opinion. But in the end, no matter how much money is spent on hiding the truth, it will always be revealed as karma would have it.
Money may be able to buy influence, but truths are the most influential of all.
11. SENSE OF HUMOR
Some individuals are born with the gift to make others laugh. Most of the comedians around became wealthy as a result of their sense of humor.
The humor did not come after the money. Nobody became funny overnight because of a swell in their bank account.
Money can’t buy you a family. The connection between family members can only be built and maintained with love.
Love is the most crucial factor for a family and not money. If you think otherwise, you better think again. Money can indeed help support a family through tough times, but it cannot make them love or care about you.
By pouring money when there is a need for kindness and space, you will lose the respect and love from the family members.
So show them love rather than always throwing money at them. I am not telling you to stop making money to help your family, but when it comes to family, love is more important than money. Thus, you should always maintain a proper balance.
It is the uniqueness of your personality, which makes you ‘you’ and me ‘me’. It is a combination of mental state and moral qualities which makes you honest, morally strong etc. Character is the sum of a person’s attitude. Attitude has to do with the way you behave and although money can influence a person’s character, it cannot buy a good one.
So, character is something which defines your life and is not for sale.