The Price of Happiness

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THE PRICE OF HAPPINESS

Well, everything in life has a price, and this price tag is different for everything, including happiness, success or a commitment. We can define happiness as a state of welfare and satisfaction, but also as a pleasurable or satisfying experience. But this is not the only definition known of happiness, Aristotle defined it as the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Margaret Lee Runbeck, said that it is not a station you arrive at, it is a manner of travelling.

Different studies state that there is not a direct relation between money and happiness. People that feel happy, are more receptive and responsible of what happen in their lives and execute a satisfactory work.

There is an axiom that many people say a thousand times: “Money does not buy happiness” but what most of the people think is that is true.

Woody Allen once said that money does not give the happiness, but it tries to transmit a really similar emotion or feeling that it needs a genuine specialist to verify the difference.Of course, many times having more money is associated to happiness but we never know until what point money can make us feel happy.

First of all, we can distinguish between the concept of happiness and the concept of confort welfare and material satisfaction.

What make us feel happy? According to a study among 22 countries, Spain included, money is far from being in the first places of source of happiness. The main aspect that make people feel happy is the relationship with our friends and family. Couriously, in 90% of the countries where this study was done, happiness was more related to personal relationships than with the posession of material things.

Another important element to build personal happiness is, without any doubt, the relation with work and leisure time. In Spain, the global index of satisfaction with work is located in the lowest positions and at the end of European countries. The issue...
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