Wealth and Happiness

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Engelsk eksamensopgave – Opgave A 1. Give an outline on the views on the relation between wealth and happiness presented in texts 1 and 2. In text 1 David tells us of how wealth is nothing compared to your relationships with other people. Through many studies it has been shown that people get more happiness out of socializing with people than making lots of money. Text 1 ends with the conclusion that personal triumphs are important, but not as important as relationships. In text 2 we are told that studies show that people are happier when using money on experiences rather than on material goods like a new couch. Some studies also show that people tend to want what the neighbor has. But if people spend more money on experiences, they…show more content…
But does a long life necessarily mean a happy life? “If you have a successful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many professional setbacks you endure, you will be reasonably happy. If you have an unsuccessful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many career triumphs you record, you will remain significantly unfulfilled” David strongly disagrees with the research, and makes the statement that a good marriage means a good life. He also insures to tell the reader that there are lots of data to back it up, so we know that it isn’t just he who only thinks it. The reader is then explained sets of studies where people are tested for what gives the most happiness in life. One example of the text is that, a group of people who meets once a month produces the same amount of happiness as a doubling of your income. David Brooks’s conclusion on the text is that, career triumphs actually give lots of happiness, but they emerge out of your relationships with other people so therefore relationships is the most important thing. David gives the text an open end. Is it the school systems fault? Do they prepare children more for a career than for making big social decisions? 3. Based on the opinions voiced in text 2 and 3, discuss whether spending makes people happy. As we are told in text three, there is a difference between poor and wealthy people. The studies have shown that an increase in income makes poor
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