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Mohammad Mohammadipour

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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 13 2013: beeing happy, don't need noney any more, all it need is being in the places you like, with the ones you like, there are person's, whom are happy when feeling pain ( masochist) others when watching TV for example, there is no standard happiness and there is no cost for hapiness we can laugh all the day without paying a pound. as we can spend millions in the day searching for happiness and being sad inside. do you think that all the stars we see daily in TV for example are happy. I think that the most of them are not. We can be happy for so raisons, hapiness doesn't depend on money, but in person's. me I found my hapiness when I am with my family and friends.
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      Feb 13 2013: Hi Gaya
      Interesting perspective….
      you know there are too many poems in farsi about that..
      but I think, if you want to be in the places you like, with the ones you like...you have to spend "good money"....?..
      • Feb 16 2013: Hi Mohammad,
        Hope if had been able to understand that poems, your speaking about,
        when I say the place and the persons you want to be; I don't mean that I want to be in Las Vegas or in Paris , all want to have is a safe and quiet place, a place can't give you pleasure the only thing that can really make you happy is the ones with whom you are. if you had seen the movie called "into the wild" you will certainly remember what he sad at the end of the movie, he sad :" there is no happiness without sharing " I really never feel more pleasure than I have when talking with some persons. so do I need to go elsewhere I or beeing with somebody I have to pay to be with me.

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