A landmark 2010 Princeton University study showed that money really can buy happiness — up to a very specific point. The researchers (including Nobelist Daniel Kahneman) found that up to about $75,000, annual income closely correlates with emotional well-being. Beyond that threshold, however, more income doesn’t translate into more happiness. On average, an American earning $575,000 isn’t likely to be any happier than one making $75,000.
Well, forget $75,000. A new poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion suggests that as little as $50,000 brings genuine happiness. According to the survey, those below $50K weren’t as personally satisfied with their lives as those above that mark in areas such as one’s housing situation, personal relationships and overall direction in life.
Because I’m happy in Manhattan & I suffer from wanderlust, my number needs to be a little higher…
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — High-end buyers came to Manhattan to spend money during the second quarter, helping to lift average prices for homes.
The average sale price of a Manhattan apartment rose to $1.39 million during the second quarter, up 5% from $1.32 million in 2010, according to market data compiled by the Corcoran Group…
The median price, which measures the middle of the market and is less impacted by the high end, rose 4% to $830,000 in the second quarter, up from $800,000 in the previous period, Corcoran said. According to Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead, the median price slipped 1% over the past year to $835,000.
Top talent leave an organization when they’re badly managed and the organization is confusing and uninspiring.
Like so many Manhattanites, I was a devoted New York Times reader. Until the paywall. I still read the Circuits/Technology & Styles sections on a weekly basis, but I get my other non-exclusive news elsewhere these days.
When they’re reading online articles or consuming other types of media products, people in their twenties tend to switch from source to source much more often than older people do, according to an Advertising Age report of recent research. The digital natives in the study switched “media venues” about 27 times per nonworking hour, compared with just 17 times for people who grew up reading articles on newsprint and using knobs to change channels. Consumers’ media hopping undermines the value of the traditional storytelling structure of beginning-middle-end, the study suggests.
Last night, a team took over the side of MIT’s Green Building and turned it into a giant, playable, multi-color Tetris game.
Home of the Institute’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, the Green Building lends itself as an ideal grid for the game. According to the IHTFP Hack Gallery, “MIT hackers have long considered ‘Tetris on the Green Building’ to be the Holy Grail of hacks.”
The game started off by scrolling the word “Tetris,” and as the players moved on, the levels became progressively harder. The second level kicked off with more pale colors, while the third involved the colors shifting on-screen. Once someone lost the game, all of the blocks would fall to the bottom of the building.