Tuesday, June 02, 2009
They also have a paper on the trends in happiness inequality in the US which he summarizes here: 1, 2, 3
1. How can happiness be quantified? Many economist have tried so hard but yet, those indexes are not accurate as they measure the relative happiness of people, not how happy they are?
2. Is it possible for that idea to be implemented in the United States, where money rules?
Anyway, this is the link for the nytimes article on Bhutan:
I can't really agree that money can only buy so much...I have never met anyone or personally had the opportunity to buy as much as I could in attempt to increase my happiness level.
I believe it’s not possible to make a general statement on whether money makes people more or less happy. Money comes with a whole set of new elements that may have good or bad impact on our happiness, and depending on how susceptible we are to every one of them, the conclusion will go one way or the other (i.e. different from person to person).
I recently made an effort to provide a more comprehensive picture of what these ad- and disadvantages are. I invite you to have a look at http://www.spreadinghappiness.org/2009/08/money-how-much-should-we-strive-for-it-to-become-happy/ and tell me what you think!
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