When money does not make us happy, we should consider time
Psychologists have found a surprisingly small relationship between money and happiness, and economists have found Americans’ happiness levels to have remained largely constant despite increases in the country's financial wealth over the same time period.
Why does a whole lot more money not make us a whole lot more happy? One answer is that people are just not spending it right. For example, people often spend their money on objects (rather than experiences), on the self (rather than others), and on big luxuries (rather than small pleasures)—expenditures that are not conducive to long-term happiness. Indeed, cultures where consumption practices are lighter (e.d slight text adaptation here) principles tend to report higher levels of happiness. Just look at such anecdotal evidence as Italy, where savoring an espresso and playing bocce ball defines happy Sundays, or Costa Rica, where social networks are tight, allowing individuals to feel happy with their lot—regardless of financial success.
Yet, certainly, the wise learn many things from their enemies; for caution preserves all things. From a friend you could not learn this, but your foe immediately obliges you to learn it. For example, the states have learned from enemies, and not from friends, to build lofty walls, and to possess ships of war. And this lesson preserves children, house, and possessions.
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It’s saying no.
That’s your first hint that something’s alive. It says no. That’s how you know a baby is starting to turn into a person. They run around saying no all day, throwing their aliveness at everything to see what it’ll stick to. You can’t say no if you don’t have desires and opinions and wants of your own. You wouldn’t even want to.
No is the heart of thinking.