How Happy Are You?
I get the sense that there is almost no connection between the amount of money a person has and how happy they are. I’ve said this before in other posts. If it is known that this is the case, how can people’s energies get redirected to doing things that make them happy? How can societies bring the focus off of money and on to issues related to “quality of life”?
Even though this is something I spend much time thinking about, I’ll often find myself falling victim to the never ending spiral of consuming for (empty) pleasure.
There also seems to be a lack of happiness research. What I wanted to share was a small section from the book “Your Money or Your Life.” He had people (from the US and Canada) rate their “Happiness” on a scale from 1 to 5 (five being the highest.) They also submitted their monthly income along with their rating. What he found was that the average scores from the bottom of the pay scale to the top were about same (between 2.6-2.8.) He would also ask these people “How much money would it take to make you happy” in seminars and 50-100% or participants would always reply “more than I have now” (aka never enough.)
Anyhoo, here’s how the life rating went/goes:
Select the list that most closely applies to your life now:
[ol][li]Uncomfortable, tired, incomplete, frustrated, fearful, frequently lonely, angry, need love, insecure[/li]
[li]Dissatisfied, seeking, not enough, relationships could be better, coping, getting better, not very productive, need reassurance[/li]
[li]Content, doing OK, average, sometimes happy sometimes blue, stable, normal, few risks, fitting in[/li]
[li]Happy, growing, satisfied, productive, relaxed, free of tension, time available, fun, secure[/li]
[li]Joyous, enthusiastic, fulfilled, overflowing, ecstatic, powerful, making a difference[/li][/ol]
This is one site out there on the web: www1.eur.nl/fsw/happiness/
I’m am on an everlasting quest to keep happy at in the top slot of my priorities (and convince others to make it theirs as well )