Money Still Can’t Bring Happiness

The vast majority of us wouldn’t dream of trading time with our children for a 50 percent pay hike.

Then why, when asked to give up evenings off from work – presumably family time – for the big pay raise, would more than half of us go for it?

In short, how can the same people – more than 2,000 adults surveyed in August by New York Life – so flatly contradict themselves?

“We’re not even conscious of how our behavior conflicts with our values,” said Christine Carter, director of the parenting program at University of California’s Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, which studies happiness, compassion and social bonding.

This lack of awareness is especially true when money is involved.  The human brain lights up like a Christmas tree when money is offered as the reward in neurological experiments, as the prospect of the reward releases dopamine that sets off a burst of pleasure.

But Carter, an expert in happiness, said the research also shows that, over the long-term, “our social connections” – not money – will bring us true happiness.

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One Response to Money Still Can’t Bring Happiness

  1. Don Caouette says:

    You are gradually getting better. Keep your focus on retirement, such as Social Security, pension plans, the tax effects, disparities, comparisons with other countries, quality of retirement life, etc.

    The average person does not think about these things and is unprepared for he/she faces later in life. We have to begin changing our laws and way of life to better prepare ourselves for our future years. Keep to that message and educate your readers on the proper way to do it.