I dont actually think its the income per se. I think its the opportunities that income provides. When people have more income they are more likely to say they get treated with respect during their day; that they have choice over how they want to spend their day; that they have good-tasting food to eat. All of this describes a life where, as you have more income, you make choices to put yourself in a better situation.
It would be a mistake to look at our studies and think that if you are offered two different jobs, the higher-paying job is going to lead to greater well-being.
Isnt it also democratic to grant each individual the right to decide whether his or her ratio is worthwhile?
Policy is about OUTCOMES Happiness is the outcome that policy is meant to provide. Better living through policy change. Policy is about OPPORTUNITIES Happiness is the opportunity that policy is meant to provide. Better living through cultural change.