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Why rising incomes don't bring happiness? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-9-17 16:57:28 |Display all floors
Despite China’s economic miracle, recent studies suggest Chinese aren’t getting any happier. According to the 2013 World Happiness Report released by Columbia University's Earth Institute, China is ranked the 93rd in the survey of 156 countries.

There is a widespread dissatifaction in China with the weath gap widening, rising unemployment, air pollution, among the others. We're richer now, but we find our lives lack of meaning and orientation. Why economic prosperity don't bring us happiness?

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Post time 2013-9-17 17:25:29 |Display all floors
I have seen it and noted that the Philippines ranks "before" China.

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Post time 2014-10-31 14:43:42 |Display all floors
I have had this discussion with a former high ranking Indian official now residing in Australia in relationship to Immigration Visa policy. He states that once an Indian comes into wealth they focus on leaving the country because they can afford to live elsewhere, whilst before the could afford to live cheaply in India.

The reason they chose to leave once wealthy, the analogy quote word for word, "they can afford to purchase a new BMW X5, but they can't take it out of the drive way while the roads are filled with pot holes and falling apart."

What point is there having the wealth if you can not fully enjoy the benefits?

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Post time 2014-10-31 15:37:41 |Display all floors
I believe the spiritual factor of the human needs to be considered and fed.

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Post time 2014-10-31 15:38:28 |Display all floors
competitive economy does that to people

high technology, rapid changing enviroments UNRAVEL people

small living space gives people manic attacks

congestion makes people cranky and angry

shortage of migrant labour cause business people anxiety

the thought of RELOCATING to some cranky third world location gives the CREEPS to many ASSEMBLY contract suppliers

HOW could they be HAPPIER?

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Post time 2014-11-9 09:59:04 |Display all floors
Happiness doesn't depend on income...Sure, a rise in income could make you temporarily happy, but soon you'll return to the emotional level you were at before. It's not really about the money, people are just confused due to the consumerism age we are in where they make it seem as if you need money to be happy.

Spirituality is the answer if you want lasting happiness.

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Post time 2014-11-9 17:23:43 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2014-11-9 12:04
If the Chiense were not so blinded to the values that make other peoples tick they would possibly un ...

Looking at the West's  Murder rate, you need to replace China with the happy U.S.A.(:-

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