Which Would Lead to Greater Happiness: Money or Time?

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    Sep 10, 2016 2:22 AM GMT
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    NYT: Given the choice between more time or more money, which would you pick? For a beach vacation, you might pay more for a direct flight to gain a couple of extra hours getting sand between your toes. On the other hand, you might take a better-paying job that requires late nights at the office.

    For a research project, we put this question to more than 4,000 Americans of different ages, income levels, occupations and marital and parental status. In a paper in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, which we wrote with our student Uri Barnea, we found that most people valued money more than time. Sixty-four percent of the 4,415 people we asked in five surveys chose money.

    Is money the right choice? We had also asked our survey respondents to report their level of happiness and life satisfaction. We found that the people who chose time were on average statistically happier and more satisfied with life than the people who chose money.

    So money may turn out to be the wrong choice.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/opinion/sunday/what-should-you-choose-time-or-money.html?
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    Sep 10, 2016 7:58 AM GMT
    woodsmen said We found that the people who chose time were on average statistically happier and more satisfied with life than the people who chose money.

    So money may turn out to be the wrong choice.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/opinion/sunday/what-should-you-choose-time-or-money.html?


    That makes perfect sense. It seems perfectly logical that people who are satisfied and happy simply want more time to enjoy their happiness and satisfaction.
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    Sep 10, 2016 8:21 AM GMT
    None. This idea that one thing over the other would lead to happiness is delusional. People are not happy as a product of their brand new car or because they don't have to labour more than 20 hours of work everyday. There isn't a legitimate way to even capture the essence of what happiness even mean. For most people, happiness is simply the absence of pain and loss in life.
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    Sep 10, 2016 8:34 AM GMT
    ricky1987 saidNone.


    I think you meant to respond with "neither."
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    Sep 10, 2016 8:53 AM GMT
    ANTiSociaLiNJUSTICeWarior said
    ricky1987 saidNone.


    I think you meant to respond with "neither."


    I meant none as in none of the above.
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    Sep 10, 2016 9:11 AM GMT
    I see. Yes, grammatically speaking "none of the above" as a response works fine. I think it's best to say the whole expression, however. I saw it as answering the question in this way: "Neither would lead to happiness." Or just "neither."
  • leanandclean

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    Sep 10, 2016 12:50 PM GMT
    In my own life I have chosen time and that seems right. I only need so much money but could always use more time for the things I like. Too bad energy wasn't an option.
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    Sep 10, 2016 3:28 PM GMT
    Experiences > Things.

    It took me too long to figure that out. But it all depends on where you're at in the curve. I could be making much more $$, but I quit that ladder-climbing job because it was taking 80hrs/wk of my life along with large chunks of my soul. So, the pay cut was worth it in the end; I now have more time to spend on my personal life -- friends, family, trips, etc. I could afford nicer trips on my old salary, but rarely had any time to take them and was stressed about work the entire time. Not worth it.

    But if I'd taken a much bigger pay cut, I'd be stressing about bills, so there's definitely a good middle ground to aim for.
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    Sep 10, 2016 3:46 PM GMT
    if you have an employ you actually like, a creative outlet, chances are the beach could become a prison.
  • bro4bro

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    Sep 10, 2016 5:07 PM GMT
    Time has always been more important to me than money. You need a certain amount of money to enjoy the time you have, but as long as there's enough to cover the basic essentials of life, I'd much rather have more time than more money.

    In my mid 30s I was in a bad job situation - it paid very well but I hated my life. I took two years off work, and just lived as a surf bum. By the end of it my bank account was basically zero. They were the best two years of my life and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
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    Sep 10, 2016 5:25 PM GMT
    It's all relative. In my younger days, my stock reply was, "when I have the money, I don't have the time and when I have the time, I don't have the money." Wonder how Steve Jobs would have replied in the final stages of his illness...
  • bro4bro

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    Sep 10, 2016 5:28 PM GMT
    The old saying is, "No one ever lies on their death bed wishing they'd spent more time at the office."
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    Sep 10, 2016 5:40 PM GMT
    Money can provide time away from work but in time you'll find that your friends, your loved ones die so the reality is that work provides participation in society which can be more satisfying than money or time.
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Sep 11, 2016 7:50 AM GMT
    Time is money but money is NOT TIME. Time can not be bought, hence time would be the best option
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    Sep 11, 2016 2:14 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidIt's all relative. In my younger days, my stock reply was, "when I have the money, I don't have the time and when I have the time, I don't have the money." Wonder how Steve Jobs would have replied in the final stages of his illness...


    He did - about in his last hours - Said (essentially) he thought he had wasted his life seeking power and money. (A mini documentary on the tube, where someone was reading what Jobs had written.)
  • badbug

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    Sep 11, 2016 8:25 PM GMT
    Wonder how Steve Jobs would have replied in the final stages of his illness


    Steve: "whatever you do in this world remember, always remember, don't pay the factory workers a living wage, stock prices are too precious"

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    Sep 11, 2016 8:34 PM GMT
    I also find that time flies faster to make money and things that cost money also make time fly faster (such as watching a movie in a theater in which half a day is gone).

    Sitting in my garden to read, to view wildlife, to talk to a friend, make time slow down.
  • badbug

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    Sep 11, 2016 8:37 PM GMT
    Time? I ain't never stabbed no one cause they owed me time.

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    Sep 11, 2016 10:44 PM GMT
    I wish I had more time to do all the things and projects I set out to get done.
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    Sep 11, 2016 10:48 PM GMT
    badbug said Wonder how Steve Jobs would have replied in the final stages of his illness


    Steve: "whatever you do in this world remember, always remember, don't pay the factory workers a living wage, stock prices are too precious"



    How incredibly rude! Are you totally discounting the free sandwich and chips days?!?