RE: How Much Money Is Enough?
I often wonder why people with tens of millions of dollars don’t call it quits and just retire or do something that they love, like sail around the world, or die in a blaze of glory filled with hookers and blow.
Most of these money go to investements that provide jobs for other people. There is an extra sense of satisfaction when one is an investor knowing that they provide wealth to others.
The Happiness Study: The study surveyed over 450,000 people in the United States from all different backgrounds, incomes and ethnicities
Still, they are in the US. The study is nonsense if not taken globally. In much the same way I cannot survey people from Manhattan, from all different backgrounds, and measure happiness for all humans. Different environment entails different parametres. Happiness remains very subjective and is based on many different things. If we knew what constitutes it we would't be having this discussion.
Money can be the root of relationship troubles
The opposite also applies. This is a post-hoc fallacy. More money, no money, average amount of money, could cause trouble in a relationship. There is no way to measure this effect. This is afterall why social sciences are called "soft" . They can hardly replicate their findings.
So why do people continuously work even after they become extremely wealthy?
For the same reason you continue playing a video game in order to reach a new level. Every level provides satisfaction. After a while this conditioning provides small sparks of happiness. If it didn't they wouldn't be doing it.
I would stop what I was doing and get a job I loved doing, no matter the wage and just live.
After a while you would realise that giving back to the community gives you more happiness. You will start investing and thus making more money.
Remember, we are all humans. We are not THAT different from each other.