“The way we live now” by Tony Judt
“A New Measure of Well-Being From a Happy Little Kingdom” by Andrew C. Revkin
“The China Puzzle: Falling Happiness in a Rising Economy” by Yuan Hao, et al.
Question: Can good economy of the whole country or the less income equality improve people’s happiness and life satisfaction?
Tentative Thesis: What is happiness? In a country, growing income inequality would cause a lot of issues. The improvement of the economy and living conditions of a country does not equal to the develop of people’s happiness and life satisfaction. The income gap between rich and poor is the key to increase happiness. [Do you mean that “reducing” the income gap between rich and poor will increase life satisfaction?]
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I. Introduction: I might say that income inequality cause problems, and the overall national economic performance is not equal to hapiness.
II. Body of paper: I will write about at least a couple examples:
A. The income inequality issues and examples (Judt)
B. “ In the study, the researchers, Sara J. Solnick and David Hemenway, gave the subjects a choice of earning $50,000 a year in a world where the average salary was $25,000 or $100,000 a year where the average was $200,000. About 50 percent of the participants, the researchers found, chose the first option, preferring to be half as prosperous but richer than their neighbors.” ( Revkin )
C. I will find another strong examples.
This looks very good so far. Your sources seem interesting. Which is the “Happy Little Kingdom”? Is it Bhutan, which now measures people’s sense of well being as well as the Gross Domestic Product (that is, how much wealth a country produces).
I think when you write about this, you have to answer the arguments of those who believe that everyone should make as much money as s/he wants and not be bothered by taxes or worried about the income of others. What do you say to convince them that a wide income is bad for a whole society, not just the poor people?
You’ve have enough sources, and good ones, so I think you have to read and ask yourself what you can say about the effects of relative deprivation actually are, and why narrowing the income gap helps whole societies.