Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Haven't won the Lotto? You could do worse.

As a student of human nature, which I see plenty of in my plastic surgery practice, I am interested in the effects of wealth on people. 

We read about how mega-lottery winners end up penniless or near penniless years later.  We all conjure up images - if we were to win the big jackpot - it would be different.  

But being rich also affects our other activities.  

A series of experiments on individuals with incomes ranging from $16,000 to $150,000 per year brought up some interesting findings.  People making the most money were more likely to cheat to win a $50 cash prize or take candy from a child or pocket extra change given to them by a store clerk's mistake.  

Somehow, when someone is “wealthy” it sort of insulates you from the world and reality.  You don’t seem to understand the impact of your behavior.  Maybe we should stay home and not play the mega-lottery.

But I still wish you a prosperous 2013.

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