Don't Confuse Happiness with Pleasure

Most people confuse happiness and pleasure, and this makes their investments in creating happiness go awry.

Happiness is not pleasure — it’s more accurately defined as the absence of desire.

That means the fancy vacation, the faster car, and the nicer set of clothes — these things will only temporarily bring you pleasure, not durable happiness.

If you want to reliably create happiness with money, ask yourself for each purchase: “Will this still make me happy in five years?”

This will guide you toward the investments that do create happiness: a roof over your head, quality food, taking care of your health, and time with friends and family.

It will also guide you away from the temporary spikes in pleasure that dominate the purchases we are often asked to make — an addiction worse than cigarettes for many people.

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