Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is Money and Happiness linked? Not sure? Neither am I!

If you have a lot of money, then most people assume that you are very happy.  Poor people are assumed to be sad.  What is the truth?  Has anyone ever really researched this important topic?  Maybe we should all take it easy and not work so hard.

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
colleague
 weighed in
recently-departed 
predecessor
at asking for raises
play favorites
secret deals
glass ceiling
 intuitive sense

Questions
What are the assumptions about money and happiness in the article? 
What does the author think about earning a lot of money?  Why are salaries secret?  
Why is silence about pay bad for women? 
What is the amount of income that is considered the best for happiness according to the article?  What is magic about this amount of money? Why won't more than that increase happiness? 

Has your attitude toward having a lot of money changed after reading this article? Do you think that you get paid the same amount as your colleagues at work? Why or why not? Have you asked for a raise recently?  Why or why not?  What are your goals in making money?  Are they related to happiness?  What is more important you to, the amount of money, or the time you spend doing other things? 
Were you more happy when you had a lot of money, or when you had only a small amount of money? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

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