The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 July 2006

Damned withholding

There's very little I can add to this:

English economists reckon having more sex can be as beneficial to lifelong happiness as an extra $50,000 in the pocket.

The study, done by no-sex-please-we're-British economists and titled Money, Sex and Happiness: an Empirical Study, said that increasing the frequency of sex from once a month to once a week caused the same amount of happiness as getting a $50,000-a-year pay rise.

Researched by Dartmouth College economics professor David Blanchflower, along with Warwick University's Andrew Oswald, the study took 1990s American data of about 16,000 people and generalised the results for males and females of all ages.

"The most interesting thing this study shows is that money buys happiness, but not as much as you would think," Blanchflower said in his summary.

I have my doubts, mostly because at that rate — $50k for a fourfold increase — I'd be looking at $6 million, and I think I could be bought off by the Knights of Chastity for a bit less than that. (Send offers to the usual address.)

Posted at 12:20 PM to Dyssynergy


"The most interesting thing this study shows is that money buys happiness, but not as much as you would think," Blanchflower said in his summary.

Maybe he just needs to be a little more creative about how he spends his $50,000.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:43 PM on 5 July 2006

I think the questionable term here is "buy"; it's no trick at all to rent happiness.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:29 PM on 5 July 2006

... it still comes down to money & sex (ok and Rock-n-Roll) to make the world go round a bit more smoothly. Life has a symmetry of its own doesnt it? :)

Posted by: Ron at 10:44 AM on 6 July 2006

Or, as Penn (taller than Teller) used to say, "Shopping, sex, and shopping for sex propel all new technology."

Posted by: CGHill at 9:28 PM on 6 July 2006