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"Money can't secure happiness," said Nguyen Thi Mai, 66-year-old retired teacher as she was relaxed on a bench overlooking scenic Hoan Kiem lake in central Hanoi. "There are people who don't have any money but they lead a happy life because family members love and respect each other. But there are rich families where husbands and wives often quarrel and children are addicted to drugs."
"I was not under much pressure to earn a living as many others since my parents can pay for my living if I don't work," said Nguyen Phuong Linh, a fresh graduate who was distributing brochures to passers-by outside the Hanoi super market she works in. "But life would be better if I have a job with good pay."
"Money can buy lots of happiness for me because I am very materialistic," said businessman Tony Wong. "But that's not the only thing that makes me happy. Money is No. 1 on my top five list, followed by health, family, dogs and friends."
Rusmaini Jusoh, a Malaysian housewife with three children, said she used to quarrel with her truck driver husband over money, but things improved after she began a small online business selling second-hand children's clothing.
"With more money, we could take the kids for holiday and buy them whatever they want. That makes me happy," Rusmaini said. "But more importantly, we must be grateful for what we have. That will surely make us happy."
"Of course, without money you cannot fulfill your basic needs, but money is not everything," said Irwan Yahya, a 45-year-old mechanical engineer in Jakarta who runs his own company. "Otherwise, happiness only belongs to the rich."
Daisy Daryanti, a 50-year-old Indonesian housewife, said that money can buy happiness but only for a "moment."
"Happiness is relative, not merely about money, but tranquility, quietness," she said.