Can Money Buy Happiness?

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Philosophers postulate about it. Marketers of everything from cars to cruises to computers promise it. It’s a national duty to pursue it. But what exactly is the elusive and much-desired state of mind known as happiness?

Over the past couple of decades, a cadre of psychologists, sociologists, economists and political scientists have sought scientifically verifiable answers to some of the eternal questions: Can money buy happiness? Does freedom make people happy? Are some nations happier than others? Can people make themselves happy, or do they have to be born that way? And what is happiness good for, anyway? The...

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