Skip to comments.Think money can't buy happiness? Think again
Posted on 05/03/2013 8:17:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
It turns out, rich people are happier than poor people.
A new Brookings Institution paper finds that people who live in rich countries are more satisfied with their lives than those in poor countries, and rich people within individual countries are happier than their poor neighbors.
That old money cant buy happiness chestnut, formally called Easternlins paradox by economists after an influential 1974 study that concluded rich nations are no happier than poor ones, is such an enduring myth because it holds a lot of appeal, said Justin Wolfers, one of the papers authors, a nonresident fellow at Brookings and professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan.
I think its incredibly comforting to believe in it, he said. You can believe that people who live in grinding poverty are just as happy as you are.
Previously, some economists predicted that even if greater wealth meant greater happiness, it was only true up to a point. Once you reached a set point of satiation, extra money wouldnt matter.
People are good at making the best of what they have. The way we deal with our emotions is quite adaptive, said Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor of marketing at New York University's Stern School of Business....
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So capitalism is a good thing? Wow, all those college professors lied. Explains why commies wear grey.
Money cant buy happiness but being broke can make us downright miserable.
I have some retired relatives who with lack of savings (they didnt save money) and poor planning later with expensive health problems added are downright misterable now every bill a challenge, its depressing to see them.
Of course the half glass empty Dem will claim this study proves we need more progressives taxes.
Money doesn’t buy happiness but, it can fund a large research team to study the problem .
This is so very obviously true, as we can easily see that with lots of money, we can have true happiness with possessions like titanium straws and red toilet paper.
Money can’t buy happiness but it makes suffering so much easier! ;-D
“Money can’t buy happiness”...that’s what rich people tell poor people so they won’t fell so bad.
Instead of happiness I’d be ok with just a little cherring up.
Money can’t buy happiness but it does provide a sturdy platform from which happiness can be achieved.
(by Led Zeppelin.)
I like this quote as I recall it from Joe Louis, "I don't like money, actually, but it settles my nerves."
” I don’t care about losing all the money, it’s losing all the stuff!” - Bernadette Peters in The Jerk.
Money can’t buy happiness but it’ll do till the real thing comes along.
Money can buy food, shelter, transportation, health insurance, internet access, contributions, donations, cooperation, etc. But it might take not having money to know the happiness it can bring.
I have been rich and I have been poor. Rich is better. I have been fat and I have been thin. Thin is better. I have been young and I am getting older. Older is definitely better.
SSSSHHHHHHH! You're not supposed to TELL anybody that.
Our secret is out. Dang it.
And how can I omit... money can buy grand pianos, cool guitars, hot wheels, good single malts, and sticks.
... and that's quite 'nuff!
Money can’t buy happiness, but if you’re already miserable, your life will be a helluva lot easier.
To the Leftist mind, the idea that rich people are no happier than poor people must go away. Their narrative is “rich people are partying while the poor suffer”, so of course rich people must be happier than poor people. And unfairly so. And they need to pay their fair share, and you know the rest...
I saw that the other night. 90,000 square feet? WTH?
It’s one thing to answer a think-tank survey. It’s another thing to see these people react to the events of their lives on this planet. Riches grant no immunity to the unfairness of life. Let a rich person’s child contract some rare, incurable disease and see how fast the money gets burned thru. Riches provide options, not joy.
The one about "Happiness and Money"; Tell it to the bread line."
"Get Lucky", by Mark Knopfler
This is the bureaucratic state/ government workers with 3% unemployment gloating at the rest of us. F them.
Dunno but Biltmore is approx. 178,000 square feet...so they have a ways to go to beat that.
Money can’t buy happiness, but no money can’t buy squat.
“It seems the only ones who survive are those grounded in strong faith.”
Praise the Lord, that is so true! My day’s off to a good start. Thanks!
Then let's stop sending money we don't have to dictators in third world cess pits.
Especially those where the leadership and population hate our guts.
What are you saying, money makes you gay?
He was right.
At the risk of coming across like Chauncey Gardiner, freedom from want and economic worry, or even a cushion protecting you from it to an extent, creates room for happiness to grow and to spread, provided it’s already taken root. It’s not going to create it where none exists, though.
I could live with being miserable and rich, Money cant buy happiness but... But it helps
Best line I EVER heard about this topic:
Money can’t buy you happiness, but, it DOES buy you ‘options’
Whoever said “money can’t buy happiness” lied. Now I’m not rich but I’ll be the first to tell you money makes a world of difference in your life. I’m not poor either, but I know I would be a lot happier living in a big expensive house, or driving a Porsche. I would love to be able to eat at a 5 star restaurant every night, or not have to worry about bills. This is 2016. Keep it real! Get out there and make that money fam!
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