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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 28 2013: Hello Mohammad.....good to see you on TED again:>)

    No, I do not believe money can buy happiness. All we have to do is observe people in our world to see this. The US is one of the most abundant countries in our world, and we have one of the highest rates of drug use, including perscription drug use, especially anti-depressants, suicides, etc.

    My experience with traveling in remote areas of our world and coming back to the US, is that many people with less materialistic "stuff", are more content, while many people in the abundant US are discontent. I prefer to use the word "content" rather than happiness because "happiness" seems to be a fleeting emotion, while contentment, for me, is very much a part of the underlying foundation of my life experience:>)
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      Jan 30 2013: Hi Colleen.. good to talk to you on TED again
      “No, I do not believe money can buy happiness. All we have to do is observe people in our world to see this. The US is one of the most abundant countries in our world, and we have one of the highest rates of drug use, including perscription drug use, especially anti-depressants, suicides, etc.”

      …It is interesting to know that because we have a well-known holly phrase in Iran… That is called “American Dream!”...believe it or not, USA is the true utopia in my realm…

      “ My experience with traveling in remote areas of our world and coming back to the US, is that many people with less materialistic "stuff", are more content, while many people in the abundant US are discontent. I prefer to use the word "content" rather than happiness because "happiness" seems to be a fleeting emotion, while contentment, for me, is very much a part of the underlying foundation of my life experience:>)”

      ….Q. Have you ever been in middle-east?
      …Regarding my every day experience, I am afraid sometimes money is the true unique solution, and that is the very sad fact in middle-east..
      …Q. I do believe that money talks…?!..sometimes!..
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        Jan 30 2013: Hi Mohammad,
        I've spent time in Egypt and Jordan.

        I am aware of the perception that the USA is sometimes thought of as utopia....the "American Dream".

        The US was one of the leaders in technology and medical advances, which I think may be fading as other countries are catching up to us. The US has been one of the most abundant countries, and unfortunately, people in the US are wasting a lot of the worlds resources, so I don't think people around the world have the same good feelings of the "American Dream" as they once had.
        Yes, I agree that "money talks", and if money, and the things money buys, are used greedily and wastefully, the story it tells may not be for the benefit of our global society......do you agree?
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          Feb 3 2013: Hi Colleen
          I do agree with you, I always am..
          You know I have just finished my 25 and these days are my very first days of 26…I am going to leave the mother land to Kuala lumpur to join the PhD program at UPM university.. And as far as money is concerned this question suddenly come up to my mind…am I on the right track?..!...
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        Feb 3 2013: Congratulations Mohammad, on your "new age" AND your new adventure. I have confidence that you will do well, because I perceive you to be asking questions, exploring, and being fully present in the life adventure.

        When I question myself regarding the path I am taking at any given moment, I clear my mind, stop the mind chatter, and ask the question. Then listen and "feel" the answer. We all function differently, and listening to my heart/intuition/instinct/gut feeling is usually a pretty good guide. Once I "feel" I am on the right track, I wholeheartedly enter into the adventure without question or doubt. The logical, reasonable mind/brain can help with the details of how to acheive the goal.

        Have fun and enjoy the adventure my friend, and I sincerely hope you stay connected with TED because you have a lot to offer and I would like to hear about your journey:>)

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