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Does Money Buy Happiness?

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It seems that overall rich people are happier than poor people. Is that really true? If so, what aspect of being rich makes people so happy? Could some of the aspects of being rich that make people so happy be replicated in other ways to make poor people happier. Here is a great article on this topic.
The freedom that having money provides is a large contributor to happiness. Not having to worry about whether or not you're going to be able to pay your bills is a huge stressor for some. Also having money gives you the freedom to travel and do more of the things you enjoy. On the flip side rich people generally have more time consuming jobs which many times means less time for those things. It also means less time to spend with family and friends which is the most enjoyable thing anyone can do. People also enjoy having more control over their lives. A higher paying job usually gives people more control over decisions in the work place and they are not constantly being bossed around. I believe that if a poor person could be just as happy as a rich person if they were able to have these aspects in their own life.

After our discussion session i was very interested in the correlation between violent video games and violent behavior. I have pretty much always been had the opinion that video games do not cause violent behavior, at least for kids old enough to play the games. I would say that media violence definatley desensitizes very young children but that is seen in movies, t.v., and video games. But that is not exclusively for video games, it is definately up to the parents to keep children away from violence as much as they can intil they're old enough. Video games already have age appropriate ratings that tell what kind of content can will be showed in the game. If parents still choose to ignore the ratings its is their own fault that they are showing that type of inappropriate content to their kids. I did some research and found this video that i find i really agree with.
I agree with the psychologist in this video because obviously playing a violent video game would increase aggression at that point in time. It's just like seeing any violent event or getting in a fight, it excites you and scares you and your bodies response is to be more ready to defend yourself. Over long periods though these games don't really make you a violent person, they're more of immediate stressors. People that start school shootings probably play violent video games because they are already angry with their lives. Or itc ould be the fact that pretty much all teenage boys play violent video games, they are a very popular product. Too many people are mistaking correlation with causation when it comes to this topic.

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