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Live in the city – you’ll be happier

In the Wall Street Journal of August 16, there’s an interesting article entitled Money and Happiness: Here’s Why You Won’t Laugh All the Way to the Bank

This is such an excellent article, all I’ll do is quote from it. You’ll get my point.

“…The five professors also studied government data detailing how folks divvy up their waking hours. They found that people with higher incomes tend to spend more time working, commuting and engaging in obligatory nonwork activities, such as maintaining their homes. All of these are associated with lower happiness.

“People who are richer aren’t having a better time,” Prof. Schkade concludes. “But if you ask them about their lives, they report being a little more satisfied” than those who are less affluent.

Buying time. This raises the question: If more money won’t make us much happier, what will? Here are four pointers.
Keep your commute short. Tempted to use your latest pay raise to buy a big house in a distant suburb? Don’t do it. While we often adjust amazingly well to life’s hardships, commuting is an exception. “You can’t adapt to commuting, because it’s entirely unpredictable,” says Daniel Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness” and a psychology professor at Harvard University. “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day….”

Read the rest of the pointers in the article.