Blog Posts by Dr. Christine Carter

  • What Would You Trade for 50% More Money? Americans May Be Trading-off Happiness

    What if, at the end of the year, you could have half your annual income as a bonus? The catch: you must give up something important.

    New York Life released their "Keep Good Going" report today, a survey of more than 2,000 Americans that assesses how people cultivate goodness in their lives, and how optimistic they are about their ability to "keep good going."*

    Despite their willingness to give up important things for 50% more money (more on that below), nearly half of respondents said the quality of their lives is better today than it was five years ago. And despite challenging economic times, a majority--56% of respondents--feel that the economic downturn has had no negative impact on their ability to live life as a good person.

    It isn't that finances aren't central to Americans' ability to live well: they are. Ninety percent of respondents stated that "living a good life" would be easier if they didn't have to worry about the bills, if they were able to be financially

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