Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Money Changes Everything

Money and happiness--

Money Changes Everything - "Happiness statistics may be most valuable in smaller, local discussions. Understanding how different sorts of programs affect the well-being of citizens would be enormously helpful to a mayor choosing between building a new bridge or offering a tax cut. I came across the very real role that money can play in happiness when I reported on Yvrose Jean Baptiste, a Haitian woman who lost all of her meager wealth in the 2010 earthquake. After the story was broadcast on NPR, listeners sent her nearly $4,000, which represents several years of wages to the average Haitian. When I visited Baptiste a few months later, I didn’t need any official statistic to tell me that her life had been transformed. She had paid for her aunt’s cancer treatments, sent her children to school and invested in a small market stall that provided a steadier income. She looked years younger."

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