I’m a bit late on this, but Bill Dietrich had a terrific article in last weekend’s Pacific Northwest Magazine, in which he takes a look at whether money can buy happiness.
Among the things psychologists say won’t make you happy in the long run are material possessions in general (we get bored with them, and they require maintenance), luxury items (every car goes the speed limit, every watch tells time), long commutes, wealthy friends or neighbors (you’ll be envious), complicated lives, bad marriages and, on a day-to-day basis, kids (they’re a lot of work) or one’s spouse (great for security, but not all that entertaining).
What will make us happy, shrinks contend, is…
Well just go read the rest.
And if you’re interested, here are twopieces that Sightline’s written about happiness—and why we should measure it.