Better Life Index, just released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Americans’ household wealth is about $102,000 on average, significantly higher than those in many other developed countries. Income inequality is high, however, with the top 20 percent of the population earning nearly $82,000 a year while the bottom 20 percent get by
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Research shows us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness and well-being is your meaningful connections with other human beings.
And it may not be all psychological – it may be biological. Oxytocin has been described as the hormone of love. This tiny chemical, released from the hypothalamus region of the brain, gives
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What are the financial predictors of happiness? We could look at metrics related to debt, spending, hours worked, percent of income saved, travel industry sales…so many to pick from.
Steven Kaplan, a professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, believes unemployment rates are better than income inequality in predicting
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What makes us happy and satisfied?
It may be that happiness comes simply by spending as much time as possible with the people we like and love and doing the things we love.
Life satisfaction may be determined simply by how we evaluate our life in terms of how well we have met our goals, how we
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The national discussion on how to get our debt problem under control and reduce our spending raises many various arguments. A recent example offered that our pluralistic society is causing the givers to resent giving to the takers. Now, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, shares that only by allowing people to struggle to improve
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Family Vacations provide togetherness. They offer happiness. They provide good memories.
A family vacation is an experience that can be had at a cost that covers a wide range. A family can spend a week at a state park for just a couple of hundred dollars. Or they can spend thousands of dollars to travel to a
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Prosperity is a destination, a lifestyle, a journey. It’s happiness, fulfillment and enrichment.
Defining prosperity is a personal exercise as each of us defines it in the context of our values, our aspirations, our goals. We also define it by our experiences. How we define it changes as we grow, as we learn, as we experience
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George Vaillant spent a lifetime tracking the lives of male Harvard students, in the most comprehensive longitudinal study of mental and physical health in a study called “the Grant Study” – a study that also tracks happiness. In an article in the magazine The Atlantic Joshua Wolf Shenk shares with us the case study and
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