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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    I learned about this in a graduate psychology course called Positive Psychology at the University of Michigan.

    Would've been cheaper to learn about it here I guess.

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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    Im still going to go on the conclusion that money does not make people happy.


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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    I think it is because having money doesn't make you happy - not having money makes you unhappy. There is no way to be completely happy when you don't know how you are going to afford basic things. Those problems begin to go away at around that mark, I am sure.
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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    Quote Originally Posted by whysoserious View Post
    I think it is because having money doesn't make you happy - not having money makes you unhappy. There is no way to be completely happy when you don't know how you are going to afford basic things. Those problems begin to go away at around that mark, I am sure.
    I think people feel stress and uncertainty and translate that into happiness or lack of.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    I learned about this in a graduate psychology course called Positive Psychology at the University of Michigan.

    Would've been cheaper to learn about it here I guess.
    Haha - I took a Social Problems class that discusses a little bit of everything that we touch on here at the forum - I knew everything already and ended up debating my teacher a lot.
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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    One big problem: Most people don't make anywhere near 75K take-home-per-household. (Let alone per individual paycheck). If you wonder why the peasants are revolting, well here's your answer... when you can't afford what your society touts as the basic standard of living, you tend to be disenchanted with your lot... and half of America is NEVER going to bring home 75k a year.
    Im glad I read the thread before I posted, because I would have posted the identical thing....thats the problem in america...ONLY and I stress ONLY public workers are making anywhere near 75k...and they are the targets of the teaparty elected Govs as MAKING TOO MUCH money. The rich in this country TAKE too much at the expense of everyone else.

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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Im glad I read the thread before I posted, because I would have posted the identical thing....thats the problem in america...ONLY and I stress ONLY public workers are making anywhere near 75k...and they are the targets of the teaparty elected Govs as MAKING TOO MUCH money. The rich in this country TAKE too much at the expense of everyone else.

    I think that this is a hoot. The TP isn't bitching because public sector employees make too much, they are bitching because the difference between private and public sector salaries for the same jobs is so lop sided. And when you add in benefits like pension, and HC plans, it is astounding. $75K isn't a bad income, and the poll is gross, anything in life is calculated on gross income. But I say being in that bracket for the household, I'd like to see whom they polled. Because, I'd sure like to top that 6 digit level.

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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    ahem... IQ question here guys
    If happiness peaks at USD75,000, what peaks at USD15Trillion in debt?

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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Klaus.C View Post
    ahem... IQ question here guys
    If happiness peaks at USD75,000, what peaks at USD15Trillion in debt?
    A. Government Spending
    B. Our butt kissing of China
    C. Our ability to be a world leader
    D. Political Tension
    E. All of the above.
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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Klaus.C View Post
    ahem... IQ question here guys
    If happiness peaks at USD75,000, what peaks at USD15Trillion in debt?
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    Re: Happiness Peaks at $75,000

    I think it really is just a feeling of being financially secure that makes people happy. Then people can concentrate on planning for the good things, like vacations, entertainment, and children's futures, instead of worrying about having money to pay for their obligations (rent, food, utilities, car, child needs, etc.), especially if something unexpected pops up.

    My husband and I make just a little less than that (counting BAH) plus we have medical and dental through the Navy. We still struggle a little considering how much food costs us but we are still pretty happy. We know that our kids will be fed, can be taken to the doctor without worrying about paying for it, and we all have a place to live with water and electricity as part of the rent. We have some luxuries too (nothing major) and can help our families out every now and then as well. But just a couple of years ago we were living off of 20K a year, and no health insurance. That is stressful. Every month you are hoping that you or your kids don't get hurt or sick and wondering if you will have enough money for food, rent and utilities and praying the car doesn't break down.
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