A Happiness Check

The jobs, income and wealth scene is a bit bleak. Unemployment has soared, many workers are earning less, the government owes a ton of money, the stock market has been down, up, and down again, housin…

Money and Happiness

It is possible, after all, that money can make us happy. A recent Brookings paper from 3 University of Pennsylvania researchers concluded that people experience greater “subjective well-being…

The GDP and Happiness

Yesterday’s post about the impact of individual wealth on happiness started me wondering about flush toilets, washing machines, and cars. As our nation became wealthier and produced more goods a…

Money and Happiness

Does money buy happiness? A 2006 report from the Pew Research Center said yes and no. If we compare income groups, the answer is yes. Almost 50% of people earning more than $100,000 annually said they…

Measuring Happiness

On September 27, I questioned whether anyone could develop a better measure of well-being than the GDP even when Dr. Stiglitz’s commission suggested the possibility. Perhaps confirming the chall…

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