Money and Happiness in the U.S. – Better Life Index

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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Happiness vs. Life Satisfaction – And How We Can Have Both

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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Income Buys Satisfaction, Not Happiness – the Value of Intrinsic Goals

Most Americans want to spend less money, according to Gallup polling organization. Families continue to monitor spending closely but aren’t making meaningful changes in cutting back their spending.
While families manage their household budget and spending, behavioral psychology has found that spending money does not make people happier. Gallup polling data indicates that families’ sense of

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Happiness: Wealth Contributes to our Abstract Sense of Happiness

The five happiest countries in the world–Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands–are all clustered in the same region, and all enjoy high levels of wealth and prosperity.
“The Scandinavian countries do really well,” says Jim Harter, a chief scientist at Gallup, which developed the poll. “One theory why is that they have their basic

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