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  • Buys a lot of hookers and coke.
  • I wouldn't live in that sh*thole for anything.

    No alcohol, women getting arrested for showing their knees, a long prison sentence for trace amounts of pot on the bottom of your shoes, and that stupid Muslim call to prayer blaring at 5AM?

    No thanks.
  • MayoSlather: Buys a lot of hookers and coke.


    Not in that country it won't.
  • The formula for happiness includes $161,000, but it's slightly more complicated than just that amount.

    (base income)+$161,000\relatives*(sex*partne rs\frequency*threesome)+(car\mai ntenance-gas cost)+([penis size][breast size])-debt-(vacation/work hours)+lottery winnings+(alcohol on hand\consumption)*weed
  • I like how it says US wasn't measured. I'm guessing it was way off the charts and makes us look bad, so they left it off.
    / Not sure. I just skimmed the article. That's more than 90% of the posters on Fark...
  • 65k a year.

    I'm cheap, and my little curiosities and luxuries in life are also cheap.
  • The slave laborers in Duba i just drag down the average happiness level, the inconsiderate assholes.
  • TommyymmoT: I wouldn't live in that sh*thole for anything.

    No alcohol, women getting arrested for showing their knees, a long prison sentence for trace amounts of pot on the bottom of your shoes, and that stupid Muslim call to prayer blaring at 5AM?

    No thanks.


    If you had that much money they wouldn't give a shiat. One of my friends went there and drank all she wanted, you just got to know who to ask
  • I'm pretty happy with barely over half that, but I'm sure I would be much more happy with it. At $161k (assuming this is steady, and not a one time deal) you're pretty solidly into not worrying about paying for kids' college territory.
  • TommyymmoT
    I wouldn't live in that sh*thole for anything.

    No alcohol, women getting arrested for showing their knees, a long prison sentence for trace amounts of pot on the bottom of your shoes, and that stupid Muslim call to prayer blaring at 5AM?

    No thanks. 


    You had me at 'no alcohol'
  • oukewldave: I like how it says US wasn't measured. I'm guessing it was way off the charts and makes us look bad, so they left it off.
    / Not sure. I just skimmed the article. That's more than 90% of the posters on Fark...


    It was either really low (like $45000 since most people are poor as shiat) or it was stupidly high (like win the lotto high).
  • oukewldave: I like how it says US wasn't measured. I'm guessing it was way off the charts and makes us look bad, so they left it off.
    / Not sure. I just skimmed the article. That's more than 90% of the posters on Fark...


    What article?
  • BMFPitt: I'm pretty happy with barely over half that, but I'm sure I would be much more happy with it. At $161k (assuming this is steady, and not a one time deal) you're pretty solidly into not worrying about paying for kids' college territory.


    Depends on the school, and how many kids you have, and how long you have until they start.
    but you are absolutely in the "paying full price" territory.
  • SN1987a goes boom: oukewldave: I like how it says US wasn't measured. I'm guessing it was way off the charts and makes us look bad, so they left it off.
    / Not sure. I just skimmed the article. That's more than 90% of the posters on Fark...

    It was either really low (like $45000 since most people are poor as shiat) or it was stupidly high (like win the lotto high).



    the article has a bit on it:

    Surveys show that among Americans, most say they need $1 million or more to feel wealthy.
  • Pocket Ninja: The formula for happiness includes $161,000, but it's slightly more complicated than just that amount.

    (base income)+$161,000\relatives*(sex*partne rs\frequency*threesome)+(car\mai ntenance-gas cost)+([penis size][breast size])-debt-(vacation/work hours)+lottery winnings+(alcohol on hand\consumption)*weed


    I concur, good chap.
  • Of course, the article contradicts itself and its headline several times.

    The survey doesn't ask about total wealth needed to feel happy. But it does ask about the amount of wealth needed to feel "wealthy." Globally, the average amount needed to feel wealthy was $1.8 million.

    And earlier: Rising income, it turns out, produces greater happiness until you get to around $75,000. After that, there are diminishing returns, with more income leading to little or no gain in real happiness.

    So basically, money does (or does not) make you happy; although more money does (or does not) make you happier. And you need at least $75,000 (or $161,000) to feel happy (or wealthy), although more might make you happier (or wealthier) (or not). While in Dubai, $276,000 is needed to feel happy, or $2.6 million to feel wealthy--although you'll be just as happy with $75,000 either way. Or not.
  • I'll never be happy until I have all of everyone's money.

    Ever.
  • weirdneighbour: TommyymmoT
    I wouldn't live in that sh*thole for anything.

    No alcohol, women getting arrested for showing their knees, a long prison sentence for trace amounts of pot on the bottom of your shoes, and that stupid Muslim call to prayer blaring at 5AM?

    No thanks. 

    You had me at 'no alcohol'


    Alcohol is completely legal in Dubai.
  • oukewldave: I like how it says US wasn't measured. I'm guessing it was way off the charts and makes us look bad, so they left it off.
    / Not sure. I just skimmed the article. That's more than 90% of the posters on Fark...


    I make much less than 176K. I live in the US. Im happy.

    Judging by my scientific survey of 1 american, it takes much less than 176K to be happy in America.

    / Its all the freedom
  • I've always wondered is that household income? Or personal income?
    As pure example: if I make $75,000 alone, does my wife's income (let's say another $75,000) not count?

    Or are they trying to say that a household making $75,000 is peak happiness? Cause the average household income in the US is like $50,000. An extra $25,000/yr for the average family means peak happiness? Pardon me while I scoff so hard I scorch my throat.

    In any major city, a house worth living in is like at least $400,000. To get a mortgage for that (supposing you can find a no-down payment lender, because no one can save anymore with the cost of life), you'd need an income of like $150,000 at the very least (as is my experience here in Canada, we are probably more stingy than you yanks).

    An income of $75,000 alone or household would get you just barely above the poverty line in most major cities in North American.

    What's that comment I read on here once? That study was created by the rich to make us peasants think that we don't need to strive for more?
  • TommyymmoT: I wouldn't live in that sh*thole for anything.

    No alcohol, women getting arrested for showing their knees, a long prison sentence for trace amounts of pot on the bottom of your shoes, and that stupid Muslim call to prayer blaring at 5AM?

    No thanks.


    Anywhere there is money, there is everything else. There is a huge expat community in Dubai where you can live as you would in the west. I was offered a job there, but passed it off to a friend who is more mobile (read no kids), and he's doing very well.

    I just wouldn't want to live in a giant construction site in the desert. It's the same reason I wouldn't want to live in Vegas.
  • "Happiness" is purely subjective.

    It is what you perceive it to be. Nothing else,

    Any attempt at third-party judgement is vain,
  • sure haven't: In any major city, a house worth living in is like at least $400,000...An income of $75,000 alone or household would get you just barely above the poverty line in most major cities in North American.


    I just looked up the median home price in the Chicago (my) area.

    $183,000.00

    You have no grasp on how most people live.
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