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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 6 2013: Yes, it can. Whith money you can get food, clothes, a home, in brief basic needsl. Whitout them people begin the fight for survival and then lost the humanity because spent all their time trying to survive above all. But it is like a Knife, well used tools can contribute to happiness, bad used money can guide to destruction.
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      Feb 14 2013: Hi Jesus?..
      Don't you think that happiness might be beyond that...?..There are those people who think they have found their happiness when they were at the middle of a serious war, for survival..?..!..

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