[FoRK] World Map of Happiness

James Tauber < jtauber at jtauber.com > on > Mon Jul 31 07:20:25 PDT 2006

On Sun, 30 Jul 2006 12:53:50 -0400, "Stephen D. Williams" <sdw at lig.net>
> What?  What idiot believes that capitalism leads to unhappy people, 
> besides Marx?

The rich tend to over-attribute their success to their own actions and
the not-so-rich under-attribute it.

The better correlated individual actions are to individual success in an
economic system, the less happy the not-so-rich will be.

People tend to compare their lifestyle to richer people in the same
country, not people in other countries or people living at different
times. People aren't happy at how much better their lives are than
people in the nineteenth century or people in third-world countries.
They are unhappy that there are still some people in their own country
doing better than them.

  James Tauber               http://jtauber.com/
  journeyman of some    http://jtauber.com/blog/

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