Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
25 Apr 2022
6:45 am

Money can buy a little happiness

Jennie Ridyard

Yes, it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, but a bit of spare cash beyond that needed for basic food can certainly facilitate it.

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I don’t know anyone in SA who is particularly happy at the moment, despite living in The Most Beautiful Country in the World (fact). I doubt I need to list the reasons for this national depression, ranging from rising prices to pandemics, flooding, load shedding, knowing that winter is coming… But there’s something unspoken too. I read it in a headline last week: “Happiness study finds wealth is no match for inequality.” For the research, international data about life satisfaction was contrasted with the Gini coefficient, an inequality measure. Comparing 78 countries over four decades, the study showed that countries...