I was cruising the internet the other day and came across this infographic from noomi.com. It says everything so clearly that I see no need to elaborate really. Essentially money does buy happiness when you need it for basic needs (food, shelter, etc.) and some small luxuries. But after you get to a certain income level, money stops making you happy. The good news if you’re rich is that you can also raise your happiness levels by spending money judiciously. Read on…
I would guess that the $75,000/yr income threshold is actually lower for people who have substantial savings, too.
There you have it. It’s science. Money isn’t happiness, but it helps in the beginning.
Just do it. Free and easy.
Just so you know, I don’t just challenge you guys to do things and not do them myself. You can find the original challenge here. Here’s how I fared in the kindness challenge:
Roger Ebert, “I do not fear death.” – Photo credit Twitter
As most of you probably know, Roger Ebert passed away recently. You may only know him from giving ‘thumbs up’ to movies, but he was also a kind man, a philosopher, and just a good person in general. Here is an article from Salon.com that re-prints an essay from his book “Life Itself: A Memoir.” It’s a wonderful essay that has a lot of comforting and insightful things to say. Given our recent discussion of kindness, I want to share this quote, which I think gives you a nice snapshot of the kind of person Roger Ebert was,
“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
Thanks for everything, Mr. Ebert. I hope your celestial locomotive* reached it’s destination quickly, and you got to sample everything in the food car.
*This is a reference to the essay linked above.
Remember writing like this?
This is the second post in the Challenge series. Here’s the first one. The rules are 1) I will only challenge you to do something if I think it will make you happier, and 2) I will never challenge you to do something illegal (so don’t interpret it that way). So here is the challenge: I challenge you to commit a random act of kindness for a random stranger every day this week.