Does our economic prosperity lead to happiness?

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Does our economic prosperity lead to happiness?

PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are rights upon which the United States of America was built. Our country is focused on economic growth as the primary factor in determining national well-being.

Some say that economic prosperity does not necessarily have a bearing on how people perceive the quality of their lives; that government should put greater emphasis on such happiness-producing factors as health, social and community vitality, and ecological vitality.

Other critics argue that happiness is a highly subjective concept and that government might simply define it in ways that suit their interests; that economic growth is what produces healthier, wealthier, wiser and happy citizens.

What do you think?
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
Let me put it this way: money may not buy happiness, but it makes it a hell of a lot easier to pursue when you're not having to decide between paying rent or getting groceries for the week.
EvilHomer EvilHomer
To an extent
Gracie Gracie
There have been many studies asking this same question. I think that the results show that more money does make you happier when you are struggling to meet basic needs; food, shelter, basic transportation. But when you get past that threshold, which the last study I read put it at 30,000 a year, there is no coorelation between more money and more happiness.
Incendiaire Incendiaire
You could be earning a fortune, but if you're working so hard for so many hours in the week that you don't actually have time to stop and enjoy that money, then it's doubtful that you'll be any happier. It's all about balance.
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