I think if this is your focus, and you don't enjoy the process of doing it, then yes; I agree. However, I like the things I buy (or I wouldn't buy them; sans bills, of course.) I like vacations & travel, and I'd like to do those more.Originally Posted by nigel
If you look at the money-happiness relationship in terms of being able to afford dream vacations, I think you're missing the big picture.
Yeah, but what if you kill time in that highway gridlock by having sex? Hmmm?Originally Posted by codemonkey
They also figured out that people were the least happy when stuck in traffic and the most happy when they were having sex. So everything they rated was on a scale between driving in traffic and having sex.
If you did the same exact thing for a living and got a $20,000 pay raise, would you be happier? Or, would you be able to do things you cannot do now? What if it were $5,000 more a year? Or $200,000 more?Originally Posted by nigel
By choice, I make less than half of what I made 15 years ago (not even considering inflation and the much-higher cost of living where I presently live) and I'm ten times happier. Instead of working too hard to save up for dreams or "happy" events, I aspire to have a life that gives me happiness all around.
All other things staying constant, yeah, I'd be pleased. I get raises every year and it pleases me. That wasn't my point (I think you already know this and are toying with me). If I was miserable without the extra money, however, the money wouldn't make me any happier.Originally Posted by OregonAmy
If you did the same exact thing for a living and got a $20,000 pay raise, would you be happier? Or, would you be able to do things you cannot do now? What if it were $5,000 more a year? Or $200,000 more?
Alternately, if your pay was further cutby 75%, would you be less happy?