Sunday, May 3, 2009

money can buy happiness (sometimes)

sometimes i feel like money does indeed bring happiness. yeyss - my "happy quotient" is quite high at times when i have enough money. i came across an email from a lotto system owner. he said that an article he read is interesting. hmmm...

AP Science Writer Sun Nov 26
NEW YORK - Does money buy happiness? It's sometimes said that scientists have found no relationship between money and happiness, but that's a myth, says University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener. The connection is complex, he says. But in fact, very rich people rate substantially higher in satisfaction with life than very poor people do, even within wealthy nations, he says.

"There is overwhelming evidence that money buys happiness," said economist Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in England. The main debate, he said, is how strong the effect is. Oswald recently reported a study of Britons who won between $2,000 and $250,000 in a lottery. As a group, they showed a boost in happiness... compared to their levels two years before they won.

while there's some truth to this, i still adhere that the beautiful sunset and the soft giggles of your baby is priceless but...hey, what else can make me happy as of today? i'd give you just 8 of the many and see what i mean (in philippine peso)...

1. a night at conspiracy bar = P120 entrance fee and +- P250 for food and drinks
2. a wellness body massage = cheapest is at P180
3. an extended phone call = P150
4. weekly JRS bag to wowa = P350 and P100 freight
5. a movie at the mall = P150 (pirated dvd is at 3 for P100)
6. a good hair day = P70 (cheapest shampoo and blow dry)
7. a good pair of jeans = P400 (cheapest at the mall, ukay-ukay will do at P200)
8. chocolates and/or frozen drink = P100 (0r P45 will do)

those...aren't for free. whew!

1 comment:

chandra said...

True, money is important but come to think of it, it really can't buy us happiness. But then what is happiness? Just a temporary phase, that's all. Nice blog, liked it much.