Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Day 16

Dear Abundant Ones,

Today I share three paragraphs from of a recent Forbes magazine article entitled

Now it's a fact: Money doesn't buy happiness
By Matthew Herper, Forbes

It's official: Money can't buy happiness.

Sure, if a person is handed $10, the pleasure centers of his brain light up as if he were given food, sex or drugs. But that initial rush does not translate into long-term pleasure for most people. Surveys have found virtually the same level of happiness between the very rich individuals on the Forbes 400 and the Maasai herdsman of East Africa. Lottery winners return to their previous level of happiness after five years. Increases in income just don't seem to make people happier -- and most negative life experiences likewise have only a small impact on long-term satisfaction.

"The relationship between money and happiness is pretty darned small," says Peter Ubel, a professor of medicine at the University of Michigan.

However, there may be at least one important relationship between money and happiness, according to Ed Diener, the University of Illinois researcher who surveyed the Forbes 400 and the Maasai. Diener has written that happy people tend to have higher incomes later on in their lives. So, while money may not help make people happy, being happy may help them make money.

I think being happy is the real purpose of our lives. Joy is one of the aspects of The Divine. Our purpose is to reveal our Godhood. So if we focus on that, everything else will come into its proper perspective.

Let’s use the affirmation from Day 3 for our spiritual practice today:

Divine Mind now assists me in attaining the consciousness of happiness!

And so it is!!

Abundant Blessings, Rev. Angelica

Thank God we’re rich!!

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