Happy Money vs. Unhappy Money

One serves a purpose; the other serves ego

Prati Kaufman
3 min readJun 13, 2022


“Money can’t buy happiness” is a statement that’s both true and false. Money itself has no energy and meaning except the one we give it.

We all have met rich people who are miserable and rich people who are brimming with happiness.

We have also met poor people who are miserable and poor people who are brimming with happiness.

People who have happy money are the ones who have a purpose. They want to contribute to the community and leave a legacy. They impact the lives of people around them in a positive way.

They take action from a place of abundance and joy. They enjoy the luxuries money can provide but they are not attached to it.

You probably heard of the Dalai Lama. But did you know he flies in private jets and also travels in a limo surrounded by high security? At the same time, he lives a simple life in a monastery.

People like the Dalai Lama manifest the idea of happy money. For them, money itself is not the goal but doing what they love is the goal. They also do not have hang-ups about money being good and evil because they treat money as a tool.

Another trait of people who have happy money is they trust their ability to create wealth. According to the Huffington Post, Warren Buffett once reportedly said, “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”

In 2019, Buffett told the Financial Times “I can’t buy time, I can’t buy love but I can do anything else with money, pretty much. And why do I get up every day and jump out of bed and I’m excited at 88? It’s because I love what I do and love the people I do it with.”

On the other hand, people with unhappy money hold on tight to their money. No matter how much they have, it is never enough. They have a hard time sharing anything with others unless it serves their agenda. They may donate to charities to show off or as a tax write-off or to get bragging rights or all of it.

They live in fear of losing it. Their action comes from a place of scarcity and worries that in turn creates more scarcity and worry in all areas of their life. That kind of stress doesn’t go…



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