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A Lazy Person's Guide to Happiness

Decisions with long-term payoffs

  • When choosing a place to live, people who live near water, whether a lake, river, or ocean, are 10 percent more likely to be happy than people who don't.
  • People who live in medium-sized cities are more likely to be happy than in a big city or a tiny town.
  • You're more likely to be happy if your house has a sidewalk, and if you live in a bikeable place.
  • Financial security delivers more happiness over time than what you can buy. After your needs are met, you maybe treat yourself occasionally. The money you have left is better spent investing than purchasing a new gadget.
  • It's better spending your money more wisely on experiences or financial security than purchasing something new. A new item may spike your joy but wears off quickly.

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