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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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    Feb 7 2013: I agree, Colleen. I think that one of the most amazing adventures one can enjoy is to live day by day trying to make a new experience in which to put the best of yourself. And then, to recognize that the struggle was worth it, though one has ever failed. I do not like the stillness of not evolving. I like the struggle and suffering to evolve.
    Greets.
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      Feb 8 2013: I LOVE that Sean..."one of the most amazing adventures one can enjoy is to live day by day trying to make a new experience in which to put the best of yourself". You are saying that happiness is a choice I think?

      I do not particularly like the "stillness of not evolving" either Sean......another good concept from you my friend. I believe that "stillness" provides the opportunity to evolve......or not....depends on how we use and perceive the stillness?

      That being said, do you think/feel we need to perceive the adventures as a struggle or suffering? Personally, I do not struggle or suffer, and that is a perception on my part. The adventures of the life experience are simply that.....adventures. My perception, is that I spend time, energy, focus, learn and grow, sometimes with challenge and pain, and no struggle or suffering.

      Struggle, to me, means I am spending energy which works AGAINST the experience. I prefer to accept the circumstances and move through it. Suffering, means I am holding onto the pain of the experience, which also keeps me from moving through to the next adventure:>)
      What do you think/feel about this idea?

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