Your Money & Your Happiness

The folks at Happify have taken various studies on the relationship between money and happiness, and produced an interesting infographic showing that although money can’t buy happiness, what you spend your money on can effect your happiness and satisfaction. Some highlights include:

  • 57% of Americans say they are happier to spend money on experiences rather than on buying more stuff.
  • Economists say that our happiness levels increase as our income increases – but only up to an income of $75,000 per year. Salaries above $75,000 have no effect on daily feelings of happiness.
  • The more money people give to others, the happier they are – even giving just $5 to charity instead of spending it on themselves led to increased happiness levels.
  • Happier people give more, which makes them happier – creating a positive feedback loop.

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Why is the U.S. Suicide Rate Rising?

Photo illustration by Mindy RickettsYesterday’s news of the tragic death of comedian Robin Williams has opened up a national conversation about depression and suicide. Among these is an article from Dan Diamond at Forbes, Robin Williams Death Spotlights the Growing Risk of Suicides Among Baby Boomers. The article explains that suicide rates, particularly among middle-aged Americans, rose 11% between 2006 and 2011.

Today on Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Madrid, Patrick will discuss this article, rising suicide rates, and how to help those in need. To join the discussion, call 888-701-5992 between 1-2pm Pacific. If you aren’t able to tune-in live, you can listen to the show anytime through our Audio Archives.

If you are struggling with depression you don’t have to do it alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has trained, local counselors available 24/7 and they can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. Their web site also has excellent resources for those looking to help family or friends who are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us:

2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.

Let us as a Church pray for the repose of the soul of Robin Williams, and all who have taken their own lives. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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Immaculate Heart Radio broadens scope in Central California

radio-tower-21Immaculate Heart Radio is in the process of acquiring central California radio station, KMPH AM 840. Non-commercial Catholic programming has been airing on the station since July 30; the final purchase is set to record this September.

The 5,000 watt facility broadens Immaculate Heart Radio’s presence along the central corridor, filling the gap between Modesto and Madera. The station reaches more than 700,000 new people during the day and more than 2 million nighttime listeners. Doug Sherman, president and founder of Immaculate Heart Radio said:

“This station is remarkable. Its signal allows us to reach an enormous audience of new listeners. We’ve heard from many people in the Central Valley over the years who have wanted to hear our programming, but didn’t live close enough to one of our stations. Now we can reach them.”

The addition of KMPH AM 840 further completes an effort to provide an umbrella of Catholic programming along the coast and inland in California. Each new station is part of IHR’s commitment to bring a message of faith, hope and love to enrich the lives of listeners.

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