The average rich guy that has a successful job, a benz, a nice, large comfortable house with a pool is probably happier than the average guy on welfare who has to worry about where and when his next meal is.So are rich people happier? I don't think so.
Do you have to worry about status? Being wealthy doesn't mean that you have to be obsessed with your image. Maybe movie stars but Jim Carey doesn't seem to obsessed.You worry about your status, and other such things.
Then that billionaire you know should rethink how damn lucky (s)he is.The billionaire just rolls his eyes when his servents drag him another Ferrari
BTW, as I read through this thread, I don't see any definition of wealth. How does one know if she is wealthy or poor?
Different countries have different standards for wealth (obvious). In the US, I'd say if you made $200,000 yourself, family of 4, you'd be very comfortable.
Enough money to pay the bills without worry, nice dinners with relatives, a nice car (maybe deux) and a comfortable good looking house. I wouldn't mind a vacation house either at my favorite ski resort or beach, but that would just be greedyThat's part of my question- ie, how much money does it take for you to be satisfied?
Can't forget about retirement either - enough money for strolling through the park, relaxing bike rides, ski trips and golf/tennis vacations.
In short, I'd be happy with $100,000 a year (single), more if I had a family, that's pricey.
That's because Americans worry about what others think of them too much. Even when they aren't rich, they like to play rich (some do, I'm not talking about all of them). Some Americans are known for buying cars they can't afford, clothing they shouldn't be wearing and falling into debt (unhappiness).The reason I bring this up is because a lot of people (espcecially in the US) equate money with happiness.
We can probably conclude that poverty is less fun than swimming in $20's. Fun equals happiness, and you can at least buy some fun with money.