What Makes You Happier, Money or Respect?

Living 2012/06/22 18:00:00
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Was it Lil' Kim who rapped the lyrics "Money power respect... It's the key to life"? Turns out, she was only partly right. New research suggests happiness has a lot more to do with respect than it does with money, Medical News Today reports.

In a series of studies, psychological scientist Cameron Anderson of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, found that:

1) Respect and admiration, but not socioeconomic status, predicted students' social well-being. 2) The relationship between respect/admiration and well-being was partly due to the sense of power and social acceptance that the students felt in their personal relationships. And 3) Changes in respect/admiration corresponded to changes in MBA students' well-being. And respect/admiration predicted well-being more strongly than socioeconomic status.

"I was surprised at how fluid these effects were -- if someone's [social] standing in their local ladder went up or down, so did their happiness, even over the course of 9 months," said Anderson. What makes you happier: money or respect?
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  • jackie 2012/06/22 23:25:40 (edited)
    Im a loner. People always had bad opinions of me and talked about me.

    some people like it when you are poor and pathetic like them, but when you get some money they all hate.

    thats what stop some people from being successful. because of what other people think.

    let them hate. they can

    kiss my ass

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  • Rubyking mandy may 2012/06/25 19:17:03
    nope, you need brains and intuition, not respect
  • Chief 2012/06/24 16:59:15
    and the love of a good woman.
  • RamblingVoices. 2012/06/24 16:46:45
    Respect won't get me out of a weekend.
  • Rodrigo 2012/06/24 16:25:24
    Respect makes me happy but if i have much money of course i'd get happier!
  • Just MEH....Piwan 2012/06/24 15:46:09
    Just MEH....Piwan
    You can earn both, but respect is more valuable to me!
  • Arizona1950 2012/06/24 15:43:55
    it goes a long way.
  • Dydy 2012/06/24 15:42:07
    I like to have nice friends who respect me. And loan me cash XD
  • lady blue 2012/06/24 15:38:56
    lady blue
    All the money in the world cannot buy me self respect or the respect from others.
    Thank God I have self respect and those who love and respect me do so because
    of the good person that I am and not for the money that I have or what I own.
    I choose respect because it is much more valuable to me than anything money can buy.
  • TKramar 2012/06/24 14:22:04
    I don't need money to get respect. All I need are my fists.
  • METALhe... TKramar 2012/06/24 18:29:12
    That's not respect, it's fear. Yea, I used to think being a bully was cool too. The only one who thinks you're cool, is you.
  • TKramar METALhe... 2012/06/24 18:39:54
    Never said it was cool. Let them hate me, so long as they fear me. Fear is a measure of respect.
  • uninfor... TKramar 2012/06/24 23:54:33
    fear is not respect. You are worthy only of contempt.
  • TKramar uninfor... 2012/06/25 01:52:00
    Well, I get respect anyhow. Sorry about your luck.
  • uninfor... TKramar 2012/06/25 03:27:03
    nothing wrong with my luck. You are a faulty unit
  • TKramar uninfor... 2012/06/25 18:35:40
    I still get respect, rather than contempt.
  • Red TKramar 2012/06/25 14:49:50
  • sundance TKramar 2012/06/24 23:02:06
    So, your brain never enters the equation? Curious...Did you decide to be a thug, or was this a learned behavior? By the way genius. Generally, the only thing that fear will get you, is stabbed (shot, bludgeoned etc.etc) in the back. When you live by fear, you will soon die because of it. Cowards do not care about respect. However, if many are afraid of you, then ending you, would be a feather in the cap of a coward for sure... Use your brain, as it is a far superior weapon to your fists, any day...Just a thought...
  • TKramar sundance 2012/06/24 23:23:13
    This was learned as a way to stand up to those who would seek to bully me. If I'm both stronger, and more skilled in fighting than they, I will always come out ahead. And they will give me respect.
  • uninfor... TKramar 2012/06/24 23:55:34
    A word beginning with W comes to mind
  • TKramar uninfor... 2012/06/25 01:52:29
  • uninfor... TKramar 2012/06/25 03:27:18
  • sundance uninfor... 2012/06/25 02:23:39
    Only one?
  • sundance TKramar 2012/06/25 02:18:00 (edited)
    Well, enjoy life, as I see it ending abruptly. What your seeking and what you will find, will be two different things. Your not looking for respect, nearly as much as security. Who know? Maybe you will be lucky, and not offend or "scare" anyone of the cowards too badly...Just a thought

    PS. Allowing your fear to dictate your actions, is the greatest denial of self respect...
  • TKramar sundance 2012/06/25 02:49:09
    I highly doubt that, as I haven't been in contact with other people for some time now. I work an overnight shift, and we all keep to ourselves.
  • Playerazzi 2012/06/24 13:55:58
    You can do alot more with money than with respect.

    Besides, if you've got money, you'll get respect, but not the other way around.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/06/24 13:27:19
    Swampdog PWCM
    Neither make me happy, I make me happy. I am responsible for my own happiness, no one else.
  • Jessie 2012/06/24 13:24:36
    I would want to be looked up to rather than looked down on because I am greedy and selfish
  • METALhe... Jessie 2012/06/24 18:39:23
    Yea, selfish people DO NOT get respect, no doubt about that.
  • Nish 2012/06/24 13:02:02 (edited)
    Always been Respect !!!
  • wishastar 2012/06/24 12:30:49
    Respect follow money
  • 001 2012/06/24 10:57:00
    Money comes and goes, and real respect cannot be bought.
  • Arisu 001 2012/06/25 05:36:46
    No, but fake respect can, and I'm cool with that.
  • 001 Arisu 2012/06/25 09:21:12
    Good for you, to me fake respect is as bad as no respect at all.
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/06/24 09:44:54
  • uncle r... thє вlu... 2012/06/24 10:41:16
  • carlton999 2012/06/24 09:25:09
    If you have money what the hell do you care what people think of you. Money can buy you what ever the hell you want....including people.

    dollar sign
  • Brother Bo 2012/06/24 09:16:13
    Brother Bo
    Money can buy you a lot of respect...

  • Magical Mushroom 2012/06/24 08:42:13
    Magical Mushroom
    Right now money is the only think that could make me happy. If I had money I could pay my bills, I could start a hobby, and buy the things I need. Thats the only thing thats going to make me happy is to be able to pay my bills, stay living on my own, getting to meet new people and make friends. I am very alone right now and friends have always helped me forget whats going on around me. I don't think I am asking for much just to pay my bills and have friends.
  • Janoy Davis 2012/06/24 08:21:21
    Janoy Davis
    You can be dirt poor and be respected, but with money, so comes the side effect of respect. But that depends on how you use your money.
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/06/24 08:10:29
    Money comes along with respect. If you're well respected the chances that you're going to get a good job are much higher than if no one respects you.

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