More than one study has tried to determine the financial price of happiness. Some look at wealth. Others look at income.Wealth or income? Pish-tah. Personally, I look at whether I have to earn it myself or if it's going to be given to me. This is the real difference, kittens.
One well-publicized study last year put the optimal income for happiness at around $75,000. Rising income, it turns out, produces greater happiness until you get to around $75,000. After that, there are diminishing returns, with more income leading to little or no gain in real happiness.If I have to earn it myself, than I'm quite satisfied with closer to $75,000, thank you.
The latest to weigh in on the issue is Skandia International's Wealth Sentiment Monitor. It found that the global average "happiness income" is around $161,000 for 13 countries surveyed. The United States wasn't specifically measured.If, however, this magic number for happiness is going to just magically appear in my life to make me magically happy, than $161,000 is no where near enough. I'm not settling for $161,000. Freaking Mexico needs $181,169.
Pony up all you Obama lovers. Wasn't that what you voted for? To take care of others.
Well...I'm "others." And I desire a lot of "taking care of."