How much money buys happiness?Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell we can now say that increased wealth correlates with an increase in happiness up to an annual salary of $75,000 USD—that’s $100,000 Canadian (See Good Teachers Are Always Underdogs). After $100,000 CAD, more money produces less and less happiness, until wealth eventually causes more problems than pleasures.
We are left with the question: “How much happiness is enough?” Strange question? I hope so.
Being unhappy is not a mental illness
Listening to a lecture given by Thomas Szasz, the psychiatrist who denied the existence of anything that could be called a “mental illness” (see also Terrorism and Madness: Between Sympathy and Understanding), I was struck by his description of people who came to him thinking that they were mentally ill because they were not happy. As Szasz reported, being unhappy is a perfectly reasonable, sane response to some of life’s events and circumstances.