In my sermon on Sunday, I shared about this presentation by Michael Norton of Harvard Business School. In it he presents research that shows money can buy us happiness WHEN we spend it on others rather than ourselves. It's an exciting thought.
One of my church members raised the question, however, if this was true for people living in poverty. If you had the financial means to move out of extreme poverty or from lack of health care to quality health care or from lack of shelter to decent housing, wouldn't that produce happiness? He had a good point! All I have to work on is this brief presentation by Norton and I haven't read more detailed work from him. From this presentation, it seems to me that his research seems to be true for middle class and above people--or at least people who have their basic needs covered.
What do you think?