Happiness costs $75,000

  • metta

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    Sep 09, 2010 12:22 AM GMT

    Happiness costs $75,000

    http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/09/07/1519221/Researchers-Say-Happiness-Costs-75k
  • hyperionx

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    Sep 09, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    I think I'd be happier at around $10,075,000.
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    Sep 09, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    Id be happy right now with five grand.
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    Sep 09, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    Interesting, but with no methodology to back it. Is income the only determining factor or do people at and above that level share some other attribute(s)?

    Education? Married?
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    Sep 09, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    That story has a whole lot of plausibility.
    $75K/year is not a lot of money, though it is more than I currently make. And although I consider myself happy for the most part, getting behind on bills when emergencies arise definitely puts a toll on happiness. If I had the money to cover emergencies and keep bills paid (which would take ~$75K/year), my happiness level would definitely increase. At the current time, I borrow an average of $10K/year from my mom for medical and vehicle emergencies...and that puts an incredible toll on my happiness when it happens (such as now, with my sciatica costing me/her out the ass).
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    that barely gets me the nice'ish BMW.
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    Makes sense. One of the things I do to stay happy on a low income is to spend my money on things that will provide me with an experience, rather than something materialistic. It takes up more time, more energy, and leaves me with good memories.
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    Can I get it cheaper at Costco?
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    I hate to sound insufferable, but that sounds a bit low to me. Is this household income or individual income?

    Honestly, if you hope to buy a house, two cars, kids' education, kids' braces, have a few decent vacations, and save for retirement, it's not going to happen on $75K a year.
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    my rudimentary googling shows approx 75% of US households make less than $75k. So I'm going guess most men on here would think $75k is decent.




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    Sep 09, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    heartrobb saidCan I get it cheaper at Costco?

    No, just in bulk.
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    $2.25 gets me a nice double Americano (hot with room for cream) at Cafe La Flore on Clement Street.

    I'm quite happy when I get one of those.
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    Sep 09, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    It actually sounds about right to me. 75k a year is more than I make a year.

    And extrapolating that out to monthly income, with saving, emergency fund, and daily expenses, I guess 75k gives you about the right balance for a working person - house, car, vacation, saving, a little outing here and there.

    Above that, well with money comes worries.

    I'll take the worries though icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 09, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThat story has a whole lot of plausibility.
    $75K/year is not a lot of money, though it is more than I currently make. And although I consider myself happy for the most part, getting behind on bills when emergencies arise definitely puts a toll on happiness. If I had the money to cover emergencies and keep bills paid (which would take ~$75K/year), my happiness level would definitely increase. At the current time, I borrow an average of $10K/year from my mom for medical and vehicle emergencies...and that puts an incredible toll on my happiness when it happens (such as now, with my sciatica costing me/her out the ass).


    Paul, have you tried the "tennis ball" trick with the sciatic nerve?

    If not, how about deep tissue massage?
    There's this pressure point located in the middle of the glutes. All you have to do is let somebody dig their knuckles into your glutes and I'm sure you'll feel really good.


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