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Can Money Buy Happiness?

Maybe more cash does make people happier. Especially salient are analyses done by University of Pennsylvania economists Daniel Sacks, Betsey Stevenson, and Justin Wolfers. In their updated 2010 study, “Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and Growth,” the three compare subjective well-being survey data from 140 countries with those countries' income and economic growth rates. The researchers find that within individual countries richer people are happier than poorer; people in richer countries are happier than people in poorer countries; and over time increased economic growth leads to increased happiness. “These results together suggest that measured subjective well-being grows hand in hand with material living standards,” they conclude..


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    Jan 27 2013: What is the definition of happiness?
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      Jan 28 2013: Hi Pat
      "What is the definition of happiness?"
      Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained. Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics. Happiness economics suggests that measures of public happiness should be used to supplement more traditional economic measures when evaluating the success of public policy.
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        Jan 29 2013: Psychology and the scientific method are mutually exclusive.

        Life is about having and achieving goals(it is not about having an elevated level of endorphins). Those goals are aimed at survival. Much/ maybe everything can be explained by this simple point. All goals are geared towards greater survival (note this is not a yes or no proposition).

        Why do women want to have babies? It creates more survival of the species and more happiness.

        Why do students want to gain new skills and get good grades? It creates better survival for the student and his family and more happiness

        Why do people want to make more money? Better survival and more happiness

        Yet why are the idle rich miserable(they are read up on it)? Because they have NO GOALS and consequently no happiness. They will probably survive either way but you still have to have goals.

        Why do professional athletes cry like babies (extremely tough men) when they have to retire? They can't play the game that was their goal anymore.

        Why is death abhorrent to many? It is the opposite of survival

        Why is a new born baby loved by all? Survival of that family

        Why is smart admired? Survival

        Why is strength admired? Survival

        Why is kindness admired? Survival

        Why is beauty admired? Survival

        Why do most women try to be attractive? Survival

        Why do most men try to be a good provider? Survival

        Survival = happiness, survival is had by achieving goals.

        You could try to find an exception to this but you will not be able to.
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          Jan 30 2013: Ayn Rand at her best :)

          There is more to life than survival. But perhaps it has not been in your experience.
          People sacrifice their own lives for others on a regular basis. Maybe they are not happy?
        • Jan 30 2013: Re :Why do professional athletes cry like babies (extremely tough men) when they have to retire?
          It's simple, ego creates the image ' i am THAT '.
          ',that' is more important than ' i am ' for ' i am ' is taken for granted without gratitude , when ' that' is removed, the ego is lost and in panic.
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        Jan 30 2013: By definition there is not more to life than survival, no survival = no life.

        You misunderstand my point. Survival is not a yes or no proposition. A person survives though himself, his family, his group, and all of life. And then to varying degrees, depending on his condition through each.

        People marvel at Maslow's hierarchy of needs yet don't even comment on this much more important point. Go figure?
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          Jan 30 2013: Of course there's more to life than survival. People give up their lives because the suffering is too great or the impact of treatment on their family is too great. People walk away from surveil every day and I get to watch that transcendence on a regular basis. Not everyone has this experience so I understand why you would think this way.
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        Jan 30 2013: Have a nice day
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        Jan 30 2013: Natasha

        I don't think so.

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