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What You Dtdn t Know about Money and Happiness(金钱与快乐新论)

时间:2007-6-13栏目:考研英语作文

    What You Dtdn t Know about Money and Happiness
        ver the past 15 years,researchers have studied the connection between money and happiness. Their findings shatter many misconceptions. Here are five of the most surprising results.
     1. Everyone needs a few luxuries to be happy.
     A six-figure income affords a family many pleasures-- a more luxurious home, perhaps a trip to Disneyland or a fancier car. But do such things make you happier?
     Pleasure is not the same as happiness. Pleasure is a temporary release.  Happiness comes from experiences in which one's mental and emotional energies are invested.
     Just as happy families value pleasures that involve personal effort, so they value possessions that have personal meaning, like Grandma's wedding ring. Unhappy people,however, are more likely to prize possessions because of their cost or utility, a car that handles well or an expensive necklace.
     2. Happiness is a permanent vacation.
     Would you quit your job if you didn' t need the money?Many Americans said quitting work was an important reason to be rich. Yet researchers find that work is one of life's chief satisfactions for people.
     A job, studies show, is more than a paycheck. Doing something well can increase confidence and self-worth.
     3. A big raise would make you happy.
     If jobs are so important, wouldn't salary size be a gauge of job satisfaction? Americans think so. A survey found that almost 70 percent of the respondents said they would be happier if their families had twice as much household income. Yet studies show that job satisfaction comes less from how much people earn than from the challenge of their jobs and the control they ar

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