The phrase “Money can’t buy happiness” needs to be retired, according to marketing expert Michael Norton. In its place, he suggested, “If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right.”
Contrary to the common expression, money actually can buy happiness. Michael Norton, the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of…
In his 1921 history of Chautauqua Institution, The Story of Chautauqua, Methodist clergyman and Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle leader Jesse Lyman Hurlbut wrote of the “Chautauqua Idea”: “education for everybody, everywhere, and in every department of knowledge, inspired by a Christian faith.”
A marriage can cause an increase in happiness equal to a quadrupling salary. Making a good friend is equal to tripling a salary. Belonging to a club can cause an increase in happiness equivalent to doubling a salary. And going on picnics three times a year is the same as receiving a 10 percent raise.
“By now, the strongest predictors of happiness by far are our social relationships,” said Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University. “Money alone can buy you happiness, but not much.”
The issue of campaign financing lies at the intersection of money and politics, of morality and economics, and Trevor Potter thinks it’s time for a change.
At today’s morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater, Potter will show Chautauquans how the current system of campaign finance came to be. He is the founding president and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan “watchdog” in campaign finance, elections, political communication and government ethics.
For those who are wishing to write a warm and meaningful wedding toast but are short on words, a website called The Perfect Toast may be the answer. Just enter some information about yourself and the person you are toasting, and toss in a story or two about how you two met.
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Americans obsessively watch the price of gasoline as it rises or falls. But author and journalist Peter Maass says that Americans are not thinking or even aware of the cost of oil to the societies at the other end of the pipeline.
Saturday at the 3 p.m. Contemporary Issues Forum in the Hall of Philosophy, Maass will describe that cost in his presentation “Crude World: Oil, Politics, Money, War — and Solutions.”
“I’m a narrative writer. I try to tell stories about how people are shaped by our need for oil,” Maass said.
For politicians, a modern translation of “the love of money is the root of all evil” might read “the need for money is the root of all evil.” Consider the $350 million spent by both 2012 presidential campaigns for television advertising in nine swing states, and the need is immediately understood.
Society tends to get queasy with such old fashioned terms. Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Harvard Law School, might eschew “the root of all evil” part. Then again, he might not. He is, after all, persuaded “that money is a corrupting influence in Congress.”
Lessig will explore the distance between campaign funders and the people at 3 p.m. Saturday in a presentation he titles “Mind the Gap.” The lecture is part of the Chautauqua Women’s Club’s Contemporary Issues Forum at the Hall of Philosophy.