Happiness is hard to find in the society we live in today. With all we are given, there are few things that can actually make a person what one would consider genuinely "happy." However, humor is what makes us laugh, and it definitely contributes to how happy we are everyday. 


Optimism is the hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.  Has anyone ever told you to look on the bright side?  Well, they may be giving you some very useful information!  When you look on the bright side of things, you are giving yourself the opportunity to imagine a better future for yourself and for others.  

Does Money Buy Happiness? by: Sharon Begley

We read an article by Sharon Begley entitled “Why Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness.”  This article explains that economists become happier when they receive more money.  In economists’ situations, money makes you happier.  A psychologist from Harvard named Daniel Gilbert explains in his book “Stumbling on Happiness” that wealth increases human happiness when it lifts people out of abject poverty and into middle class. People who have additional wealth, after they have already have satisified their needs, can satisfy additional wants.  Wants are not equal to needs.  For example, an iPod or Computer. From reading this article, we have concluded that money can “buy” happiness when it moves you out of poverty into middle class comfort.  However, there is not much happiness received from moving from a millionaire to a decamillionaire.  

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