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2014中石油职称英语选读文章:Happiness Index

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  Happiness Index幸福指数

  1. In terms of happiness, your spouse-if you have one-is worth $100,000 a year.


  2. That's the finding of two economists who have tried to put a monetary value on happiness by measuring the emotional value of everything from religion to racial discrimination in dollars.


  3. Such a calculation, admits economist David Blanchflower, is "a little bit off the wall" and may prompt wry comments within some marriages on "cashing in".


  4. The two economists are, of course, speaking of averages. They have used an annual survey of some l,500 Americans from 1972 t0 1998 to measure self- reported happiness and the factors that go with it. But it turns out that the happiness value of a stable marriage is "incredibly high", says Dr. Blanchflower, a professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., whose study has just been published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass. "Don't give it up lightly."


  5. Blanchflower and his partner Andrew Oswald, an economist at Warwick University in Britain, begin with this question: "Taken all together, how would you say things are these days-would you say that you are happy, pretty happy, or not so happy?"


  6. The survey results include detailed characteristics of those surveyed, such as whether they are married, divorced, single, their income level, race, gender, etc. With that data, they found which factors are associated with greater happiness.


  7. Extra money does buy some happiness. But not as much as many would suspect. Constructing a sort of happiness index that assigns 3 to "very happy”, 2 to “pretty happy", and l to "not too happy', the two reckon that an extra dollar provides 0.00000409 in additional happiness. Or $10,000 would give you 0.04 units of extra happiness.


  8. The two economists, using this index, assign a dollar value to other factors associated with more or less happiness.


  9. Using that index, a lasting marriage is worth $100,000 per year compared with being widowed or divorced. Being "separated" is the greatest depressant of happiness, followed closely by the death of a spouse.


  10. Second and subsequent marriages are less happy than first marriages on average.

  10. 一般来说,第二次婚姻和以后的再婚都不如第一次婚姻幸福。

  11. A 16-year-old whose parents divorced has a lower level of well-being in adulthood.

  11. 一个双亲离异的16岁孩子在长大成人之后拥有较低程度的幸福。

  12. "Marriage is believed by psychologists and psychiatrists to provide a protective effect to mental well-being," the authors note.

  12. 这两位作者指出:“心理学家和精神病学家认为婚姻是对精神健康的一种保障。”

  13. Blanchflower suspects the decline in the happiness level of Americans from the early 1970s to the late 1990s, despite rising incomes, may be attributed to the rise in divorce.

  13. 布兰奇弗劳尔认为,尽管从1970年代初期到1990年代末期美国人的收入增加了,但是他们的幸福程度却降低了,这或许应归罪于离婚率的升高。

  14. Other findings include: 其他的发现包括:

  15. To bring African-Americans up to average happiness levels, they would need an extra $ 30,000 in annual income.

  15. 要使非洲裔美国人的幸福程度上升到平均水平,他们的年收入还需要增加3万美元。

  16. This, the authors speculate, may be the impact of racial discrimination. Over the past few decades, however, their happiness level has risen. "Blacks have made up some ground," they say.


  17. Unemployment is highly damaging to men's happiness. It would take $ 60,000 a year to offset being jobless.


  18. Men's happiness has trended up. Women's sense of well-being, though higher than that of men, has fallen "noticeably". Policies aimed at ending discrimination against women apparently have not boosted their happiness overall.


  19. The educated tend to be happier than those less educated, even when separated from the higher income that often accompanies greater education.


  20. Happiness and life satisfaction are U-shaped according to age. In the United States, people's sense of well-being sinks to a low around 40 and then rises.


  21. Perhaps, the authors suggest, people adapt to their circumstances, relinquish some unfulfilled aspirations by the middle of their lives, and enjoy life more.


  22. Being religious has a positive effect. 宗教信仰对人有积极影响。

  23. Overall the number of children and siblings a person has doesn't have an impact on their happiness. But for those under 30, happiness decreases proportionately to the number of both children and siblings. Blanchflower and Mr.Oswald found it in a separate study, "The Rising Well-Being of the Young".


  24. Blanchard suspects this has to do with the stress associated with having lots of kids.


  25. Surveys in Britain give "noticeably similar results" to those in the US. But people's level of satisfaction has remained about the same from the early 1970s to the late 1990s.


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