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Nigerians are the happiest people in the world. The World Values Survey
found that almost 70 percent of Nigerians consider themselves very happy. Money
certainly is not the reason that made Nigerians happy. Having tons of money is
only a limited factor in happiness. __47__ Bill Gates, for example, is happy not
because of his immense wealth but because everybody wants to be his friend.
Money can certainly buy happiness, but its impact seems to drop once you can
afford basic necessities. Of course, inflation makes the problem worse. __48__
Even when money does exert an influence, it is not the size of your paycheck
that matters. __49__ The New York cabbie who has an efficient car may seem
happy, but not as happy as the Ethiopian villager who has a more efficient cow
than his/her neighbors. When you are living amid wealth and luxury, your desires
tend to be greater. __50__ It should not be surprising, then, that Nigeria,
Mexico, Venezuela and El Salvador rank the highest in happiness among the 65-
plus countries surveyed.
(A) Unfulfilled desires are a major source of unhappiness.
(B) It is certainly not as significant as having good friends.
(C) Money just does not buy as much happiness as it used to.
(D) The survey indicates happiness can flourish in various cultures.