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Post by JR8 » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 7:39 am

earthfriendly wrote:It is not about viewing money as an enemy


Hahaha!.... :lol:

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Post by x9200 » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:10 am

JR8 wrote:
earthfriendly wrote:They say there is little difference in happiness between a person making 50k and one making a million dollars per year.
I'm not sure who 'They' is, but I'm a living and breathing observer and witness. I can tell you life is SO much happier on a $1m than $50k.
Because this is a half truth only. Take a low end, uneducated factory worker. He can be just as happy as you earning two orders of magnitude less money. Education, self development, more money and all what related come with a price. What will make his not day but year could be a brand new tv set, or a sofa, or a 10y old car and there is no way this would fulfill your needs.

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Post by JR8 » Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:08 am

It's somewhat different for me. I spend very little of my income, probably 80%+ is invested 'for the future', and it always has been.

Of course the quandary now is determining whether the future has arrived yet, or when it might :)

p.s. There is an expression in England - 'There is no point dying the richest man in the graveyard'.


A great and relevant book by a popular behavioral psychologist.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Status-Anxiety- ... 034&sr=8-1
Status Anxiety - Alain de Botton

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Post by Wd40 » Sun, 13 Jan 2013 8:56 am

JR8 wrote:It's somewhat different for me. I spend very little of my income, probably 80%+ is invested 'for the future', and it always has been.

Of course the quandary now is determining whether the future has arrived yet, or when it might :)

p.s. There is an expression in England - 'There is no point dying the richest man in the graveyard'.


A great and relevant book by a popular behavioral psychologist.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Status-Anxiety- ... 034&sr=8-1
Status Anxiety - Alain de Botton
Actually, I dont think there is anything wrong in dying the richest man in the grave. I am not a psychologist nor a philosopher. But I think, for some people its just that "feeling" of being rich that works wonders and it could continue to do so until they die. The moment you start spending your money, you start getting used to higher and higher levels of luxury and what was luxury yesterday becomes normal today and so it doesnt mean you are getting happier, you may just get too materialistic.

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Post by Brah » Sun, 13 Jan 2013 9:45 am

JR8 wrote:A great and relevant book by a popular behavioral psychologist.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Status-Anxiety- ... 034&sr=8-1
Status Anxiety - Alain de Botton
Interesting, as this book was on my list of potential reads about a year ago. In the end I didn't pick it up because, right or wrong, after reading the Amazon reviews I was less inclined to, as there's so many things to read and only so much time.

So good to hear it's a good read.

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