They say, money can’t buy you happiness.
I haven’t really met them but my conjecture is that they are pretty well-off. Maybe we should ask the poor people if they believe whether money can buy them happiness or not. I haven’t actually asked any and I think it would be rather cruel to do so; but I have a feeling that the answer is self-evident.
The United Nations Human Development Index 2011 measures “Happiness Index” of countries in the world based on a bunch of factors such as health, gender equality, education. Interestingly it emerges that:
- Annual per-capita income for the top-ten countries > $25000
- Annual per-capita income for the bottom-ten countries < $1500
So the correlation between money and happiness is not too difficult to see.
And what’s even more striking is that all the bottom-ten countries are situated in Africa. Yes, Africa – the dark continent.
|Rank||Country||Per-capita income (US$)|
|179||Central African Republic||707|
|187||Democratic Republic of Congo||280|
India sits comfortably at 134, sandwiched between Cape Verde and Ghana as neighbours and dismally below Palau (@49, where is it ?), Libya (@64, and Gaddafi was Evil ?) and Greece (@29, erm, I thought they were bankrupt ?)