Money can’t buy happiness

See the people in the photos above?

You see how they’re all enjoying a life of having almost everything? They’re all smiling!

Now look at this and tell me something…

Aren’t they all cute?! They don’t have money to afford even a loaf of bread, yet they’re smiling and loving life.

The people that were enjoying their lives in money, they believe that people in poor places are too poor to smile. They haven’t seen these images of kids and older people of a poor country living the time of their lives like this.

Money can’t buy happiness!

Here’s a personal story. During my vacation this year, I go on a community service trip offered by my school to go visit Paraguay and help the people there out. I thought living conditions there were really bad, which they were but nothing we couldn’t handle. We were in JFK and we see people all smiling and showing that they enjoy America. Now when I land at Paraguay, that same kind of energy was there. Even though they didn’t have money to spend and make their livelihood better, they still loved the world.

My Song’s Meaning

My Song tries to bring back ties between the poor and rich, ties that were long rejected by the wealthy and those with power. I wanted to make a song like this because I come from a place where this ideal is at its peak.

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As you can see, the discrimination in India between the wealthy and the rich is a huge gap. In America, the wealth gap is actually between the whites and minorities in the USA.

My song is lyric-less for a reason. I want the people to make their own lyrics out of this song. I want my peers and listeners to think of the BGM and come up with their own lyrics. This song is meant to be cheerful and after the second chorus, the slowdown is meant to symbolize a scene where both rich and the poor will realize that they are the same happy human beings. At the pause, you can imagine two people, a poor one and rich one, hugging each other. Then the final chorus ends the song with a BANG!

I find this style of music because instead of having my own lyrics, it would be interesting as to how others would interpret this song and what they might use it for.

What Do you think?


Thank you!

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  1. April 26, 2018 by Sandy17

    Your presentation and research are very interesting. You are very creative — your music did make me think of happy people. I would have liked to learn more about your trip to Paraguay.

  2. April 27, 2018 by brendan.gill

    This made me think of studies comparing several data points across world nations to create a ranking of human happiness. Check out this interactive map:

  3. April 27, 2018 by Hannah Anderson

    This is a really interesting topic. Your hood is very compelling, and the song is beautiful! I like the idea of letting the audience choose their own lyrics to the song. Asking if money can buy happiness has been a question for a long time, and this project shows that happiness does not come from material wealth. Great job!

  4. April 27, 2018 by Nhat Minh Nguyen

    I think that this is a very creative way to show how money is not the key to happiness. Your use of music, I believe is very powerful. Peoples connection to music is very strong and a lot of people I know have a playlist for their various moods. I think that because of this, the use of music here really brings home the issue.

  5. April 28, 2018 by Alex Mummery

    Rohan, thank you for sharing your project. I think it was powerful that you created a song to build a bridge between fortunate and less fortunate people. I am currently wondering why you believe that people in humble circumstances are just as happy as those in easier circumstances. I think we can all agree that money does not guarantee happiness; with that being said, why do some fortunate people struggle to find happiness, and why do some less fortunate people find happiness easily?

  6. April 29, 2018 by Eden Aharoni

    I really liked the “hook” to your project. You did a nice job at wanting to make me continuing scrolling down the page. I am a bit confused however with the two graphs that you have chosen to share. I think it is really cool that you chose to do this lyric less and I completely understand why. While with your explanation I can see how the different tempos are meant to represent different things I wish that there was a bit more information about the happiness and wealth and how they are connected (or not). I know that this topic has been studied greatly so I think there could have been a bit more information. However, once realizing that you are enrolled in the music therapy course through GOA I now understand that the focus is on the music rather than the “raising awareness” component that is more prevalent in the projects in the abnormal psych courses. I really liked the song and think it is so cool that you composed it yourself!

  7. April 30, 2018 by Grace

    So cool that you made a song! It was great, good job! I loved this topic as well. The pictures were soon cute 🙂

  8. May 04, 2018 by Rachel Debrier

    Love your song!

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