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Paul in the Philippines Old Dog New Tricks Does More Money Make You Happier?@Paul in the Philippines Old Dog New Tricks I reflect on the question will more money make me happier


  1. Very interesting perspective. But the truly wealthy eventually realize that money cannot buy happiness – especially without a sense of purpose. But in your example with the rich Filipino guy with a fancy car… he showed all the characteristics of a fake with all the flash with no cash – and that explains the stress he was exhibiting. A truly wealthy guy would have chilled with you at Bo’s – in total contentment.

  2. People with Porshes are the worst! They usually make it a point to let you know within the first five minutes of knowing them that they’re a Porshe owner.

  3. Paul, you don’t know me from Adam, I only know you from your YouTube’s. But I must say, I hope one day to meet you (& Mae) in person, then buy you a coffee. Money only makes an a- hole a bigger a-hole or nice person a bigger nice person. It’s just a tool.

  4. Paul love your videoโ€™s.Looking into the Philippines. I love the ladies from there. I am retiring in 16 months.I am lucky on the budget and will be in good shat if I deside to move ther

  5. in the end….most of us only own the pine box they finally lay us down in…….live life whilst you have it. Money enough to eat sleep and be merry…..the rest you cant take with you.

  6. Definitely a better way of life when I had nothing and earned little. The wholeย system of earning good money and buying stuff I don’t need has actually made me more stressed and miserable.

  7. Hey Paul my friend, I know what you mean. I will always choose happiness over money any day. And you live longer if you are happy. God bless you and baby Mae always.๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ˜Š โค๏ธ โค๏ธ โค๏ธ

  8. Agreed…and oddly enough, the more people have…the more they want. I have 2 extra bedrooms full of……Stuff and nothing that I need or really use. George Carlin: We all need a place for our Stuff. Most Stuff is really not essential, just extra baggage.

  9. I love these videos Paul , i myself are on a minimalist journey ,Fill your life with ADVENTURES not THINGS. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. great vlog mate

  10. It’s the love of money that derails us, commonly referred to as greed. Money however gives one flexibility and options. No money or lack there of equals no options which causes overwhelming stress. That’s the remedy for being a broke schmuck whose a prick, hence the Angry Expat!!! We tend to surround ourselves by people like ourselves. Obviously you choose to associate with people who have acknowledged, adjusted and accepted their financial situation. I believe you refer to yourself as being a minimalist which by context takes away or removes the need for options, consequently reducing the stress level.

  11. Money doesnโ€™t make you happy . But it can make you comfortable. Iโ€™ve worked hard to build passive income for years . I could have continued killing myself at work instead when had enough passive income to live comfortably I retired at 50 and the last year and half have been so enjoyable . So happy I got off the hamster wheel

  12. I know from whence thou comest. Lol. Money is nice and I’ve been there…and poverty stinks. But I’ll have to say you are so correct. The perfect sweet spot is to have your needs met with a little left over when the bills are paid. Too much left over and the relatives and “friends” camp out in the driveway. I enjoy your videos….it’s like sitting down with a friend.

  13. I enjoy your topic today. I think money makes life more comfortable, but if you are an unhappy person to start with, having more money does not change you to be happier. It buys you things that you think will make you happy but when a “want” is fulfilled, another want comes along. it is just like trying to find something that will finally make you fulfilled or happy, but money and things never does. There is always something we want and on and on it goes. So I think, for me, contentment is the secret of happiness, being happy where you are, what you have and accepting life as is, is happiness. Such a simple concept but takes years of living and sometimes never learn to live it.

  14. Great Video, as usual! I retired the first time in 1995 (from the U.S. Army) then again in 2002 at age 42 and have never looked back. Like you I don’t have to show up or do anything that I don’t want to do.

  15. I loved this video , my mindset is the same way now that I’m on SS disability. Material possessions mean nothing to me and I’m not impressed by them either anymore lol. I’m hoping travel restrictions are lifted soon , so I can live a simple and comfortable life there with my filipina gf. This video definitely hit home. Thanks for making it and all others too.

  16. Unless they are initiated wealth the matriachs family will be broke within three generations maybe some of them one or two generations ….learn about money ,,, properly study hard , a good start is the richest man in babylon, it’s on YouTube as an audio book ,, full of info ,, teach your kids about money and find a way to make them experience the harder side of life just enough so they save and , think about investing so they appreciate what you will pass on ,, delayed gratification is key to success, ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด


  18. Title got me and a thumbs up ..before we even start ,,, I’m hoping Paul’s gonna tell us happiness over money as log as theres enough bread . ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž

  19. Dumb people who inherit a lot of money end up broke. Just look at Trump. His father left him 4 billion and now Trump is almost completely broke.

  20. I am with you on that 100%. Once you have your basic needs met. Any additional money tends to come with additional stress. I decided long ago that the added stress is not really worth it. But Everyone has to decide what’s important to them. Happiness is the most valuable asset to me also๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Bit of musing today ๐Ÿ˜Š I am very different with my mindset. Once my basics are taken care of I don’t save any leftover. I will always spend on sonething to spoil myself whether it be small like a night at the cinema or larger like a short trip or excursion.

  22. Everyone cuts there cloth, ultimately be happy with what you have. There is no doubt most people would prefer to have a little extra …In particular a property they own outright, with no worries about rent for example. God bless, be happy …keep smiling. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. Hey Paul, Good subject. Thanks to your vids and others I realized I can actually retire! (66) not in the US but elsewhere. I have chosen Brazil because I love it there and it’s affordable. The main thing with the money=happiness equation is not having to worry about the basics. Without COVID forcing me into retirement I just didn’t think it was in my future due to the cost of living. Thank you for opening my eyes! I do like my conveniences and am going to have to adjust to doing without big tv’s tools kitchen wear etc that I have accumulated

  24. So true Paul enjoy your life I miss the Philippines wish I could come full time I have two homes there. Just retired but my wife love being a nurse loves her job. And sucks to go there with out my wife. Iโ€™m hoping one day enjoy yourself

  25. I have everything I need too, plus an outrageous pension, so I know a young Leyte Pinay Princess that doesnโ€™t know Iโ€™m spoiling the living hell out of her once the travel ban is lifted

  26. Loved your conversation on this one Paul (got me LMAO)…. I can relate. I was once in a similar business as your previous where everyone chased the all mighty dollar. It leads to stress, anxiety and sickness. I look forward to coming to the Phils to chill.

  27. Bwahaha! Had me smiling all the time. Truth bombs bursting all over๐Ÿ’ฅ. And, the guys with man buns in helium balloons at google was spit out the coffee hilarious!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘ Live life and be well brother.

  28. Hello Paul and very true words! My father (died 20 years ago) was a very simple man and you could always tell what road he followed each day. He was predictable and the most honest person you could ever meet. He never had credit cards (he always said it was a form of cancer) ALWAYS lived by the simple rule: Never owe anyone anything except pay your utilities on time and your mortgage. He always paid them on time and my parents and I even paid off the house in 20 years instead of 30! I, on the other hand, have had credit cards, installment loans, car loans, and other payments but I eventually got rid of ALL BILLS except my utility bills. I DO NOT want anyone haunting me, knocking on my door, or writing me those nasty 3 words- PAYMENT IS DUE. He also said one more important thing: there are many many people in the USA making over $50,000 each year but owe at LEAST $20,000 of that in MATERIALISTIC possessions (excludes utilities, mortgage, etc) and have NOTHING on the bank to show for or have for a rainy day, or even an emergency. And then there are others who are POORER and make $30,000 each year but MANAGE to travel out of country trip (paid off) and save at least $5,000 each year. That’s the REALITY!

  29. Because your looking at everyone noticing thier smiles and laughter while he’s looking at everyone thinking, what do these peasants have to be happy about?

  30. Paul, you are 100 percent correct. I just got my first Social security check, so I am starting my adventure with that. My wife and I will be moving to the Philippines sometime this year. We are making it in the states so we will be fine in the Philippines. On a fixed income but still it is enough.

  31. Yup. It’s weird but true. I retired 18 years ago at 45. I was a software engineer working at startups and having a blast. Loved my work generally. But doing one thing, no matter how enjoyable, for the rest of my life wasn’t for me. I wanted other great experiences too. I didn’t generally tell people I retired because the few I did the response was to look at me like I was crazy. All they could see was loss money. I saw gained time.

    Then the weirdness started. I got frustrated with different things like the rich prick in the video. The cable TV company was first I think. I asked myself whether I actually needed cable TV? Mostly I was sitting on the couch surfing from channel to channel, few shows I liked. But do I really want to sit on the couch for the rest of my life? Not healthy either. So I cancelled cable. I assumed I’d die. Weirdly I became happier. No more frustration. Off the couch doing things I actually enjoyed. Saving $100/mo so increased security. All good.

    With that experience I trying removing other things I didn’t need. Each time I gained more satisfaction. I cut out things I never imagined I could “live without” as they say yet I felt like I was living more. Cutting out internet has been the only thing I’ve not been able to do and be happier (tried it a couple time).

    I live in a house I own and spend about $600/mo. I’m 63, have a nice amount of cash and could take $1800/mo social security but have no need to.

    One big draw to the Philippines for me is the simpler life that can be found and more people who can enjoy life with less. Here in the US that has been rare.

  32. Most of my life was spent working for the rich, never met more than a couple that I got on with, I chased the money and sold my soul to get it, gathered lots of stuff, hard to get rid of it all, now Iโ€™m over it and feel more inner peace with less stuff, interesting how our requirements, goals and philosophies change with age and maturity.

  33. Canadian askin a question….You said in your previous video that you had anxiety/hypertension issues can you please direct me to that clip? Thanks.

  34. Hey Schmuck! From one to another!
    Excellent subject and I agree wholeheartedly, when I bought things it made me happy, and starting about the first week afterwards the happiness started to fade and continued to fade until there came a point in which I didnโ€™t flinch at all to give those things away, and as you said, when I changed my attitude and started to save instead of spend, the happiness that brought me never faded. Imagine that! I am waiting on the travel ban lift and getting rid of things I โ€œHADโ€ to have, and itโ€™s not pissing me off at all!
    I am looking forward to what you have found!
    Your friend John the Schmuck๐Ÿคช

  35. Hello Paul !
    Followed baby Mae as well,she is good in her own channel too.
    More happiness and more love for you both ๐Ÿ™‚
    Greetings from Alegria ,Cebu !!

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