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Money Can Buy Happiness. The Question Is: “How Much Happiness Is Enough?”

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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.  
= < $100,000 CAD


We are left with the question: “How much happiness is enough?”  Strange question?  I hope so.  


Being unhappy is not a mental illnessListening 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.  


The pressure to be happy…