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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: For me; Happiness is a journey rather than a place. Money can buy the chances to venture forth along different paths, but in my opinion, your heart and mind is where you "feel" happy. So ultimately, money can only buy an opportunity to feel this emotion. Actual happiness is priceless.
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      Feb 13 2013: Hi Thomas
      "For me; Happiness is a journey rather than a place".
      I think it is journey and the place..
      "Money can buy the chances to venture forth along different paths"
      Yupe..
      "but in my opinion, your heart and mind is where you "feel" happy. So ultimately, money can only buy an opportunity to feel this emotion. Actual happiness is priceless"..
      So, there is happiness(place) and actual happiness(journey)?..


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        Feb 21 2013: hey mohammad.
        Thats an interesting concept. Thanks for that! Perhaps a place, talking metaphysically, can be seen to be happiness itself. Arriving at happiness. Like in the idea of enlightenment. But if we are staying on topic and talking money... Then physically buying your way to a place, whether it be a home, car, new sweater, swimming pool, these tangible objects are not what bring you happiness. Rather the opportunity to be happy. Happiness is in the heart, not in the pocket
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      Feb 14 2013: "Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination"
      (Roy M. Goodman)

      I have embraced this concept with the heart, mind, every cell in the body, and every breath I take. For what it is worth, I tell you that it changes the dynamics of the life adventure.
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        Feb 14 2013: Hi Colleen
        What make you really happy in this life?..do you mean happinese is a way of thinking..
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          Feb 14 2013: Hi Mohammad,
          I believe it is more a way of "feeling" or "being" and how we feel, is impacted by our thinking....yes? Everything is connected....our thoughts, feelings, and how we use that information contributes to our behaviors...how we act/react, and the outward
          manifestation of the life experience, which we then perceive internally....thoughts....feelings....perceptions....behaviors:>)

          I prefer using the word content, rather than happy, because the definition of happy suggests more of a fleeting feeling, while contentment suggests more of an underlying, in depth feeling....more of a foundation in my perception.

          I am content with the life experience. I KNOW that I will face challenges, and rather than be distressed, upset, angry, etc. with challenges, I face them as an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve, while hopefully contributing to the whole of humankind.

          What we focus on expands. Change our thinking, it changes our perceptions and feelings, which may change our life experience....make any sense?

          That's why I asked you in another comment if you think your new educational experience may help take you out of your feeling of "struggle" maybe for a little while?
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        Feb 16 2013: Dear Colleen
        "I believe it is more a way of "feeling" or "being" and how we feel, is impacted by our thinking....yes? Everything is connected....our thoughts, feelings, and how we use that information contributes to our behaviors...how we act/react, and the outward
        manifestation of the life experience, which we then perceive internally....thoughts....feelings....perceptions....behaviors":>)

        as far as human behavior is concerned, I think Butterfly affect works more in a Sub-consequence way.. You know nowadays I am in Kuala lumpur.. if you ask me what life is like in Iran?. I would say it is a war. A serious war...yupe..that is why I think about myself as a soldier…It was always there..
        http://www.ted.com/talks/sam_richards_a_radical_experiment_in_empathy.html
        I really like this lecture... this is the true fact in Iran. People in Iran call it soft-war...

        "I prefer using the word content, rather than happy, because the definition of happy suggests more of a fleeting feeling, while contentment suggests more of an underlying, in depth feeling....more of a foundation in my perception..
        I am content with the life experience. I KNOW that I will face challenges, and rather than be distressed, upset, angry, etc. with challenges, I face them as an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve, while hopefully contributing to the whole of humankind.
        What we focus on expands. Change our thinking, it changes our perceptions and feelings, which may change our life experience....make any sense"..

        I have heard about a guy who spent 30 years in prison. Base on a wrong judgment….people of a country are in prison... deprivations... sanctions....and extremists…
        Best Regards

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