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January 2011

January 2011

Does money buy happiness?

Of course, the politically correct answer is no. However, according to a recent study, the more accurate response is maybe.

A survey of 136,000 people in 132 countries conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revealed that as incomes rose, respondents reported feeling good about their lives. However, more money doesn’t make day-to-day happiness increase. Enjoying life for most people correlates to relationships — the psychological ties that unite friends and family members and the feeling of knowing you can count on someone.

The research finds that learning something new or improving your skills is another way to feel happier. January, of course, is the month of resolutions. It’s the time when we take stock and make a decision to change something about ourselves, often a physical thing like losing weight. Our cover story details two such people who did just that, with the help of Chad Kazel and the folks at Complete Nutrition. Be sure to read about their dramatic results on page 46. Tony Bednarowski, co-owner/publisher of Nature’s Pathways, also discusses weight loss resolutions and offers some great tips on how you can make your plan to lose weight actually stick, to lose it once and for all.

Oftentimes, people make resolutions to improve some other aspect of their life, like making a commitment to do their job better or resolving to get in touch with old friends instead of just feeling guilty about it — again.

I like the idea of putting learning a new skill at the top of my list. It’s good to mix things up and keep things fresh and there are a lot of things I’d like to learn about. Perhaps making a resolution to do something about it is the impetus I need to make it happen.

Being happier as a result is just a great bonus.

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