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Financial or Marital Bliss

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An ever-growing body of research shows that most of us adapt quickly to improvements in our finances; we simply learn to covet a higher class of goods. But the happiness-inducing qualities of a solid marriage last and last.

That’s a quotation from this special report from CNN Money. The summary is simple: If you want to be happy, get married and don’t worry about getting rich.

I’d like to have both, please, but I do agree with the article — if I had to choose one, I would choose being in lifelong love. What’s the point of having an enormous amount of money if you can’t share the moments with someone?

The article concludes with good words of wisdom: A seemingly overpriced Valentine’s Day bouquet may be a better long-term investment than anything a hot stock picker can come up with. This is a personal topic and I’m sure there are many people out there who would disagree.

In other news, more people are meeting their mate at work. I’m certainly a single working more and more late hours, but I’m certainly not meeting anybody here. That’s the problem — more time in the office, less time to meet people elsewhere.

Updated July 14, 2010 and originally published February 11, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .


avatar Darren R. Sussman

No, you’re right. Being married is good, and being married and having money is even better, and having money is good, but having money and being alone is probably not as good as being married and not having money. Provided, of course, that you are not always fighting with your spouse about money. Tricky thing that marriage and money stuff. :)

Also, I believe that more people are meeting at work, because we work so many hours, and beyond that, I mean, really….where would you go to meet people? It’s a hard thing to do once you’re out of school.

avatar Dean B

Besides, there is a correlation to ‘financial well-being’ and a happy marriage anyway…

avatar erin

A happy marriage can be wonderful, but an unhappy marriage can be equally as miserable. Even though wealth isn’t terribly important, I do think it’s important for people to marry others with similar values regarding money and finances, and to have open communication about the subject.

good topics!