Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Money - Does It Buy Happiness?

The cliché, Money doesn't buy happiness, has been debunked long ago, however, some people still hope that maybe, just maybe money buys happiness.
It is understandable that some people continue to hold the hope that money buys happiness.
Those people who have money are written about, talked about and glorified by the media.
However, if the veil of public persona is pulled back, we often find unhappy people.
There are a few who come to mind--billionaire heiress, Christina Onasis.
Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan's millions do not keep them happy--they use alcohol and possibly drugs to self-medicate on a regular basis.
The hope that money does buy happiness is more prevalent than you might suspect.
It is so prevalent that Deakin University completed a study in 2007 to prove or disprove-again-whether money buys happiness.
Deakin conducted the study in Australia's most affluent city-Sydney.
Even those in the poorest sections of the country are more satisfied with their lives than those in Sydney.
The happiest Aussies mostly live outside the big cities.
Of those outside the cities the happiest neighborhoods are characterized by lower population, more people over 55, more women, more married couples and less income inequality.
This study concludes that it is true that happiness does not depend on what people have, but rather what people think they have.
Abraham Lincoln observed, "Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
"Lincoln concluded that the secret to happiness has a lot to do with being grateful, practicing random acts of kindness, forgiving enemies and noticing life's small pleasures.
Previous studies add the interesting note that despite today's higher incomes, better food, more goods, annual vacations, bigger homes and 'quick fix' health care, well-to-do Americans are no happier than the 1950's Father knows best era.
Psychosomatic Medicine recently published a Carnegie Mellon University study which links health to happiness, reporting that people who are happy, lively and calm contract fewer or milder colds.

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