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Happiness is directly proportional to one's bank balance

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Started: 3/23/2011 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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94flairs

Con

money is the cause of all evil!
Brian314

Pro

I affirm the resolution "Happiness is directly proportional to one's bank balance." I define "happiness" as "the state of pleasure or contentment" and "bank balance" as "the amount of money held in a bank account at a given moment". Truthfully, when I accepted the debate, I thought I was going to be on the Con, but mistakes are mistakes. My case is as follows:

Money causes happiness, because it can be used to create contentment or pleasure for oneself. Researchers for "Science" magazine have shown that in a sample of more than 600 Americans, those that use their money to buy gifts and donate to charity correlate with greater happiness. Those with greater bank balances have more money to buy gifts and donate, and therefore their happiness has the potential to be greater than those with lower bank balances. According to "Money & Happiness: A Guide to Living the Good Life" by Laura Rowley, the key to happiness is "understanding your core values and knowing what makes you happy." If it brings a person happiness to see their children go to college, a greater bank balance will make it easier for their children to go to college, and therefore they will be happy. According to a Pew Research Center report released in February 2006, it was found that "the more family income survey respondents had, the more likely they were to say that they were happy." The study, "Are We Happy Yet?"[1] showed that 49% of people with an income of $100,000 or greater said they were "very happy", and only 24% of people with an income of under $30,000 said that they were "very happy". Research done by Planet Money for the National Public Radio[2] showed that "the relationship between satisfaction, these measures of well-being and measures of average income, which would be gross domestic product per capita, is incredibly robust".

Those with greater bank account balances have more money, and therefore, they are happier than those with lower bank account balances. And for these preceding reasons, I affirm the resolution.

[1] http://pewresearch.org...
[2] http://www.npr.org...
Debate Round No. 1
94flairs

Con

94flairs forfeited this round.
Brian314

Pro

As my opponent forfeited Round 2, I believe I win this debate by default. However, if he returns for Round 3 and posts his responses and arguments, I will continue the debate.
Debate Round No. 2
94flairs

Con

94flairs forfeited this round.
Brian314

Pro

As my opponent has forfeited two out of the three rounds of this debate, provided no supported arguments, and refuted none of my contentions, I ask that you vote Pro.
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 3 years ago
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Vote Placed by BlackVoid 6 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Geez what a waste of time.