Celebrity chef & TV star Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide. He was 61 years old. Do the recent self-inflicted deaths of successful people like Bourdain & Kate Spade prove the old saying that money & prestige can’t buy happiness?
No, dont need selfish hopelessness to prove that.
But if I had money, I'd be happy.
Poor people commit suicide too. We just don’t get headlines about it.
I’m willing to bet that money staves off the act and pays for a LOT of therapy that others can’t afford.
Yes, poor people do commit suicide, often due to their unfortunate economic situation. The difference here is that suicide is unexpected among the wealthy (who appear to have everything they could ever want or need) while it is very expected among the impoverished (who are left in a constant state of want and financial misery).
Depression isn't the opposite of happiness, and it isn't just the lack of happiness. Suicide victims aren't just 'not happy enough;' they're ill.
Absolutely. Money does not buy happiness. In fact, it can often complicate life. I don’t know anything about fame but I would think that would also complicate life
No. Depression can hit anyone. Rich and poor, well-known person or just average Joe or Jane on the street.
Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy guns and ammo which is kind of the same thing.
I didn’t know of him very well. He seemed to have led a glamorous life doing things I never will do. Happiness lies within.
No. It can buy happiness. It just doesn’t guarantee it.
What’s the price on happiness? Does it come in a 12-pack? How much can I buy it for at Costco in bulk?
$9.99 plus tax
Hmm. That’s a bit much. Is there a BOGO sale?
It’s actually buy one get one half off. For a limited time.
Excellent! Does it come with a 5-year warranty?
Yep, a 5-year warranty, but it’s an extra $4.99.
There's actually studies on it. Money can't buy happiness directly, but it can buy you time that can be used for happiness - specifically, money can be used to pay others to do things you may not want to spend your time doing (farming, cleaning, cooking, renovating, driving, changing diapers, etc.) so that you have more leisure time, and leisure time impacts happiness.
Leisure time isn’t usually happy unless you have someone to share it with.
Not at all. They prove that when poor or not-famous people commit suicide it doesn’t make the national news, and when famous people do, it does. Shocker! Guess how many suicides by people you've never heard of there have been in this country alone so far today.
Sorry I have to learn that lesson for myself. So give me a million and I’ll let you know.
If someone tells you money can buy happiness, rest assured, they have neither
Yes, I think that is spot on. I had a teacher tell me that rich people are often more depressed than poor people, in that poor people have hope that coming into some money might solve their problems and give them some happiness, but rich people know full well that it won’t.
Meh...for some it can, for others it can't. The only really sure guarantee of that is finding the right SO and having a few kids.
He got suicided
Maybe you shouldn't suggest bullshit.
Maybe you shouldn’t be so naive. How many celebs/high level names have died or committed “suicide” in the past week?
Yeah like 2, where is the connection?
More than that. All connected in some way to Clinton.
Dude Clinton is the devil, but I don’t think she’s murdering all these celebs lol
Logically, no. It just proves that money and prestige doesn’t *guarantee* happiness.
For some people it helps, for others it hurts
Didn’t Robin Williams prove that years ago? Actually, I could list names all day..
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An anecdotes can’t prove that anything can’t be done.
Most of us probably don't have that kind of money and may envy the rich and think "why on Earth aren't they super happy? "
The answer is you get desensitized.
You take it for granted and are so used to it you stop appreciating your wealth.
People are happy about positive *change* like a raise or a promotion, but if they have everything and continue to have it, it doesn't matter anymore and their personal issues outweigh it.
Thank you for sharing this! 👍🏻
This is true. Much of the time, I miss my simple lifestyle when I only had a checkbook to balance and no IRAs, etc, a small apt to clean with less space and less stuff, no lawn or maintenance issues. <sigh>
It only proves that they aren’t well mentally
In other words, there are plenty of famous, rich people who don’t commit suicide. That’s not saying they’re happy, but they’re not suicidal either. Money does not buy happiness though.
So sad, you can have it all in this country and yet have nothing worthwhile.
Very sad indeed. All the material things in the world aren’t enough to fill a hole of emotional emptiness.
Don’t know if it proves it, but it supports what most know: Nothing from the out side can fill up that God-shaped hole in our hearts.
By that logic, no christian has ever committed suicide. Correct?
I think you have made a quantum leap from anything I have suggested. With every thing it is one moment at a time. Mere time in grade, counts for nothing. The rest I stand by because of my direct experience.
It's proof if there ever was any. May he rest in peace with the angels and may God watch over the teenage daughter he left behind. To any who are thinking suicidal thoughts, please get help. Suicide isn't just harming yourself, it harms everyone around you. There is someone who loves you out there. Don't give up. To those of you who are in jobs that pay decently but don't make you happy, please take some more time away to spend with the things and people that do make you happy (your family, your friends, your hobbies, etc.). Life is too short to be unhappy. You must make every second count.
Question for iPad users: Celebrity chef & TV star Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide. He was 61 years old. Do the recent self-inflicted deaths of successful people like Bourdain & Kate Spade prove the old saying that money & prestige can’t buy happiness?
Answer 1- Yes
Answer 2- No