You're Probably Not As Rich As You Think You Are

Money really, really doesn't buy happiness. 

By popular definition, to be 'rich' is to have a great deal of money or assets. That's wealth, isn't it? We're fed this message constantly, by advertising and by each other; accumulate a great deal of money and material possessions and these things will bring you satisfaction, high self-esteem and, ultimately, a good and happy life. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that the average full-time income is $81,900 per year. According to, this puts the average Australian worker in the top 1 percent of income earners on the planet. So why is it that we're not among the happiest 1 percent?

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