Monday, January 17, 2005

Happiness cont....

Circumstances don't appear to have an effect on happiness.
If you chart a line of the incedence of depression since 1950, the lines suggest a growing epidemic. Clinical depression is 3 - 10 times as common today than 2 generations ago. Money jangles in wallets like never before yet we are no happier for it, and for many money leads to depression. Many spend more time and energy pursuing the things money can buy rather than engaging in activities that create fulfillment in life, like cultivating friendships,helping others and developing a spiritual sense.
Certainly, there is evidence that being poor causes unhappiness, however we all know that. Social scientists and psychologists have a bound of emperical evidence to show that there is no relationship between how much money a person earns and whether he or she feels good about life.

thanks Time magazine.


Blogger beFrank said...

My bosses keep looking at me like I'm crazy for consistently turning down overtime. I smile and try to get out of putting in extra hours because I'd really just rather be at home.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

Hey Michelle, Told you I'd be back. :)
Excellent post for all those who haven't got a clue and think that " $ buys happiness." Thank you for posting. The most precious commodities in life are free or priceless. "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world." (I'd add happiest or least likely to suffer from depression.)((from an "olide" song "People by Barbra Streisand I think.)

1:24 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Bryan ~ your truly one out of the box, no wonder your appreciated so much.

Green Eyed Lady ~ Yaay, welcome back :)

7:29 AM  

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