Is wealth the same as happiness? Many would say: NO. Things correlated with happiness include:

  • Loving families
  • Close friendships
  • Good self-awareness
  • Strong community ties
  • Doing things for others
  • Keeping active
  • Having some kind of greater purpose to our lives.

Next I'll add ideas from this David Brooks column.

So economists think we should measure happiness in stead of, or as well as, GDP, but happiness statistics are unreliable as most people say they are reasonably happy most of the time.

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