Formula For Happiness

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This reading response paper addresses A Formula for Happiness, Arthur C Brooks, and High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being, Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton. Brooks talks about different contributors to happiness. Kahneman and Deaton talk more specifically about two types of happiness. Both articles discuss how money correlates with happiness. These two articles on their own have weak arguments, though when combined, they assist each other, filling in missing pieces and making a full and complete argument.
The three main sources of happiness: genes, events, and values, are defined in A Formula for Happiness. Brooks divides the components of happiness into their percentage contributions: 48 % genes, up to 40 % …show more content…

In some situations, money can also contribute to happiness. Money makes poor people happy. This is because low-income families use this money to cover the cost of necessities, which relieves their worry and stress levels. Once people surpass the middle class, money doesn’t affect their happiness
In the second article, Kahneman and Deaton also address whether money can buy happiness. They describe two types of happiness, emotional well-being, and life evaluation. Emotional well-being describes the day-to-day emotions and experiences which makes life pleasant or unpleasant. Life evaluation is an assessment of how one views their life as a whole.
The evidence to support the two types of happiness is taken from a daily survey. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index was completed by 450,000 US citizens in 2008-2009. The survey, asked specific questions to assess happiness for emotional well being and life evaluation. Questions were asked specifically about individual’s everyday experiences of the previous day to assess emotional well-being. Individuals were asked to rate their life from the best possible life to the worst, to gain understanding of their life …show more content…

A $75,000 annual income is the tipping point for where money can buy you happiness. Earning less than $75,000 annually often means you are prone to poorer health and some basic needs won’t be met. Below this threshold, many factors of unhappiness have a stronger effect. People exceeding $75,000 annually don’t report more money bringing higher rates of happiness. Although, money can raise their life evaluation, meaning they believe the life they are living is better because of their wealth. To them, money contributes to comfort. They also tend to have less of an ability to enjoy small

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