chapter  1
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It does not really need to be proved that most people, perhaps all people, want to be happy. However there is data to prove it. King and Napa (1998) found with two American samples that happiness and meaning in life were rated as much more important than money in producing the good life, more than moral goodness and more even than going to heaven (this was done in the mid-West). However, although students thought that money was unimportant, adults thought it was a factor in the good life. Skevington, MacArthur, and Somerset (1997) found with a number of focus groups in England that happiness was rated as the most important component of Quality of Life, greater than money, health or sex for example. The enthusiasm for the Lottery, and TV shows where people can win a lot of money, suggests that many people believe that money would solve their problems and make them happy.