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    I just spent a little over a week without a refrigerator. I surprised myself at how badly I handled it. I'm not sure if part of it was knowing the situation was temporary or not. I noticed that it affected not only what and how we ate, but also the general mood of the household.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    I just spent a little over a week without a refrigerator. I surprised myself at how badly I handled it. I'm not sure if part of it was knowing the situation was temporary or not. I noticed that it affected not only what and how we ate, but also the general mood of the household.
    I felt the same way when we came up to the VT house before we had water or furniture. I thought it would be fun to "camp out" but even campgrounds have port-o-potties!! It was a real challenge, and my "toilet" looked a lot like the one pictured in the lowest income pictures. We lasted one night and sought refuge at my son's house.

    I also would love to see a dataset overlay the shows wellbeing scores in each of those countries/income levels. People like us, way up high on that scale, sometimes also bring a prejudice to what we believe will make people happy. "Oh, that poor family, they have to heat their tea over an open fire!" Or, "That poor family, they can't even afford a real sofa-they have to sit on a stool!" I personally don't feel that those type of material differences are a meaningful predictor of happiness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I felt the same way when we came up to the VT house before we had water or furniture. I thought it would be fun to "camp out" but even campgrounds have port-o-potties!! It was a real challenge, and my "toilet" looked a lot like the one pictured in the lowest income pictures. We lasted one night and sought refuge at my son's house.

    I also would love to see a dataset overlay the shows wellbeing scores in each of those countries/income levels. People like us, way up high on that scale, sometimes also bring a prejudice to what we believe will make people happy. "Oh, that poor family, they have to heat their tea over an open fire!" Or, "That poor family, they can't even afford a real sofa-they have to sit on a stool!" I personally don't feel that those type of material differences are a meaningful predictor of happiness.
    Very cool video.

    I'd also be interested in the well being comparison.
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    Thanks for sharing. This is why I don't worry that much about money. The biggest worry I have is the chance that I come to believe that all these things I take for granted are "essential" for life--i.e., "The lifestyle to which I've become accustomed." That's when I'll be in real trouble. As for now, I know I can do with less. "The things that I prize like the stars in the skies all are free."
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    I think this is a good time of year for this thread to be revived. It's a reminder I need right now. Thanks.
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