Kathleen Tiet, Blog 1

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In a recent article published on May 29, 2013 by Lauren Villagran discusses about the “Better Life” index and rankings by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The “Better Life” index includes comparison in education, housing, environment, and more with other peers. According to the OECD, a specific ethnic group who has” lower wages, a gapping income inequality, poor education, longer workdays, and a shorter life expectancy” are actually more satisfied and happier with their lives, compared to people who are wealthier (Villagran). What keep them on their feet and satisfied with life are their “faith, family, and pride” (Villagran)! It’s wonderful to know that people who are unfortunate compared to others are still able to have a positive view and lifestyle for themselves and their family, regardless of their life struggles. Depending on how others define happiness, true happiness does not necessarily have to come from money and can come from love and family instead, something that some people are not able to have regardless of how much money they have. Sometimes when people have too much money, they are unable to have time for love or family, or would rather choose money over it. We did not choose where to be born at or what families to be born in, but we are able to choose how we want to live our life and make the best with what we have, despite the differences compared to our peers. But at the end of the day, it is how a person defines happiness and how they choose to spend their money to attain that specific happiness!

 

( http://www.amren.com/news/2013/05/mexicans-both-poorer-and-happier-than-wealthy-nation-peers/ )

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