…But We’re Glad to Report That Life’s Not Half Bad

No doubt it’s nice to be wealthy. But is it essential? In polling conducted for AARP’s My Generation magazine, few respondents said it is for them. Just 13 percent of men and 12 percent of women rated “having a lot of money” as essential. By comparison, 55 percent of men and 67 percent of women rated “spending time with family” as an essential part of life. Also high on the list were “staying healthy and physically fit” (49 percent of men, 53 percent of women) and “feeling good about myself” (46 percent of men, 55 percent of women). Asked how satisfied they are with these and other aspects of their lives, respondents were mostly positive: 96 percent of men and94 percent of women were “completely” or “somewhat” satisfied with the degree to which they feel good about themselves; 86 percent of men and 81 percent of women felt that way about their health and fitness, as did 79 percent of men and 83 percent of women about the amount of time they get to spend with family. As the chart indicates, majorities in all age groups were at least somewhat content with the amount of time they have to pursue personal interests. Evoking the lowest incidence of satisfaction (66 percent of men, 67 percent of women) was the amount of money people have.T. McCarthy/The Stock Market