“A rise in prosperity is not making people happier or healthier. Findings from a survey of life satisfaction in more than sixty-five countries indicate that income and happiness track well until about $13,000 of annual income per person. After that, additional income produces only modest increments in self-reported happiness.”
My husband had his annual review at work last week and got a small raise. He didn’t seem to care a lick about it, stating that it will probably result in most of the extra income going towards taxes and we might see about $20 a month extra. (I, on the other hand was ecstatic. A raise is a raise. And, some people are fortunate just to have a job, so a raise in this economy? That’s awesome!) But, I do agree that once you have “enough” income to meet your basic needs, really, what do you need a higher salary for?
“I’m sure Jesus got the “I-thought-you-were-normal-but now-I-see-I-was -plainly-wrong” face plenty of times. He seriously knew how to thin out a crowd. He always gunned for less, reduced, simplified.”
I love the idea of Jesus being our model for reducing and simplifying. Who can argue with following his lead on this?
“Our kids are the first generation in the history of America that has a shorter life span than their parents.”
This is the first time I’ve heard this. And, quite frankly, it is a horrifying thought to me. Why on earth should I live to an older age than my children? What with all the progress we’ve made medically etc., surely, our children should have a longer life expectancy than us.
I think I’m going to wait until I’ve read the book through once completely before I start each months challenge. I am not a food lover. I am a picky eater (though I’m much less picky than I used to be), and if I didn’t have to eat food to live, I don’t think I would eat it very often. It’s seriously just one more thing I have to get done in a day.
I think it was Valerie (who is also doing the read-a-long) who mentioned she’d be giving up 7 foods for the first month, versus limiting herself to 7 foods. I like her thinking and am pretty sure that’s what I’m gonna do when the time comes. I haven’t chosen the 7 foods I’ll avoid, but for the safety of my friends and family, I don’t think I’ll be giving up chocolate. Or maybe I will. We’ll see.