View Full Version : Happy @ $75,000.oo

11-22-2011, 01:34 PM

Found this interesting.

David G
11-22-2011, 01:57 PM
Interesting, indeed. Not the first bit of research coming to similar conclusions. Start with Maslow.

11-22-2011, 02:09 PM
Absolutely +1!

David G
11-22-2011, 04:03 PM
It occurred to me that maybe not everyone is familiar with Maslow's signature "Hierarchy of Needs" work. This is not the end all/be all on the topic, but is where my understanding of the matter starts:


Flying Orca
11-23-2011, 09:58 AM
I'm not at all surprised, and I would suggest that the number is even lower for some of us.

James McMullen
11-23-2011, 10:38 AM
I've got unfettered access to at least that amount worth of sailboats. And yes, I am pretty happy. :D

11-23-2011, 10:41 AM
Money doesn't buy you happiness. It buys you options.

11-23-2011, 10:51 AM
I'll bet the folks that came up with the psychobabble make way more than 75k, and they are happy to take it!

11-23-2011, 05:10 PM
If you have a retirement income, unencumbered home and no credit cards it's a comfortable life for sure!

Bob Adams
11-23-2011, 07:53 PM
Money doesn't buy you happiness. It buys you options.

But it sure makes misery more tolerable!

11-23-2011, 08:08 PM
Money doesn't buy you happiness. It buys you options.

Options ARE happiness... :)

Which 1/3 of Americans don't seem to have right now...

They drive cars, but seldom new ones. They earn paychecks, but not big ones. Many own homes. Most pay taxes. Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs. None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.

Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.

When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account, published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.