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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: Maybe money can buy happiness, but is it happiness we are after ?
    What is happiness ? Has anybody noticed that the word ' happiness' sounds sad ?
    There is something deceptive about it.
    I guess, what we need is JOY, moments of joy and we can have it for nothing , for 'no thing'.
    If you have it, you have it, if not , no money will ever help you.
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      Jan 28 2013: Hi Natasha
      "What is 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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      "Has anybody noticed that the word ' happiness' sounds sad?"
      I don't.
      "I guess, what we need is JOY, moments of joy and we can have it for nothing , for 'no thing'."
      If you have it, you have it, if not , no money will ever help you"
      So, Joy is something Intrinsic?
      Regards.
      • Jan 28 2013: Hi, Mohammad !
        Wiki happiness can be bought and it may be quite cheap, it depends upon the expectations.
        Don't take me wrong i don't mean to belittle the importance of having enough money to meet our needs. We all swim in this ocean. But the less needs one has the richer and in this particular sense happier he/she is.

        Is joy intrinsic/ innate ?
        I guess , yes. Children are naturally joyful till the age of 2,3 , no matter how rich their parents are ; all they need is love. But then ego starts to grow and joy is the price for the process of growing up. Some loose it completely, some ( the lucky ) still have it no matter what, some gain it back . It's like coming back to the garden after years of wandering. It's not waiting for the future or anticipating enlightenment , joy is the feeling that this life , this flawed perfection is sufficient and complete in every single moment.
        Something like this ... :)
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          Jan 30 2013: Hi Natasha"Wiki happiness can be bought and it may be quite cheap, it depends upon the expectations. Don't take me wrong i don't mean to belittle the importance of having enough money to meet our needs. We all swim in this ocean. But the less needs one has the richer and in this particular sense happier he/she is."
          So, we all agree that money should cover up our wants, but our need?!..
          .Q. Regarding your perspective, what are the needs of a perfect life (that are not related to the money)?
      • Jan 31 2013: I have no idea what 'perfect life ' is.
        Sorry !
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      Feb 13 2013: Hi, Natasha,

      Happiness is the short-time feeling of things being a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive.

      (Please see also my comment herein above (Jan. 28, 2013))

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