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HAPPINESS

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According to the old song, money can’t buy love, and it may not be a good indicator of happiness either. Most countries use financial figures to calculate how well people of the country are doing, but many are beginning to factor in things like social support, family stability, and job security to measure a person’s overall well being. The attempt tries to examine more subjective parts of a person’s life, such as whether they would gain more from a bigger house, or more free time, or weighing a new television against a stronger relationship with the next-door- neighbor. A Princeton study conducted in 2010 found that happiness increases until a person makes about $75,000 a year. After that, overall well-being in life is not connected with income. Critics argue the new way of thinking is does not offer a solid basis of comparison and is impossible to calculate. One proponent of the approach, author Eric Weiner, has traveled to nine countries and compared personal well-being in wealthy European nations with Asian countries were people earn less than $2,000 a year. He observes, “Happiness is largely about trust and the ties that bind.”– Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

If money doesn’t buy happiness, By Wendy Koch, http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2012-08-02-Gross-national-happiness_CV_U.htm?loc=interstitialskip, Accessed on August 1, 2012

Ecclesiastes 11:6 (HCSB) “In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hand rest, because you don’t know which will succeed, whether one or the other, or if both of them will be equally good.”

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