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Miesiąc: czerwiec 2015

Richer but no happier
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Richer but no happier

Richard Layard’s „Happiness” deals with a paradox of the last 50 years – why people all around the world have become richer and healthier but no happier. The higher income people get, the less it increases their happiness. It can be explained by the law of diminishing marginal utility; each unit of income more provides less happiness because humans tend to adjust their standard to the current situation and a good considered to be a luxury in the past (ex. a car) becomes just ordinary when the income increases. The ability to habituate may be beneficial in a crisis situation (ex. there is war and humans have to get used to eat less) but it in a state of peace it creates a vicious cycle of constant escalation of needs and wants. “We will find neither national purpose nor personal sati...