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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Does Money Buy Happiness?

Short answer: "no"

Medium answer: Many forms of success bring financial reward (and financial reward itself creates feelings of success) and a perception of being successful correlates closely with happiness. (Implication: Unless they are destitute, just giving someone money, without letting them do something to earn it, usually will not increase their happiness).

Long answer (WELL worth reading!): Link

3 comments:

JLundell said...

John Kenneth Galbraith one more time. "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

Jesus: "Remember all that about giving your money to the poor? I just read a new study, and am I ever embarrassed. Never mind!"

Mark Swanson said...

Hey Jonathan,

Practicing your non-sequiters for an upcoming competition?

JLundell said...

Hey Mark,

Maybe it's the same competition you're practicing your disingenuous questions for? (Good thing it's not a spelling bee.)