According to a Roper Center study in 1975, a lot of Americans thought the good life meant a happy marriage, one or more children, an interesting job, and a home, reports Juliet B. Schor, author of The Overspent American: Why we want what we don't need. By 1991, many of the responses were more materialistic: "a lot of money", "a second car", "a second color TV", a vacation home, a swimming pool, and really nice clothes were some of the phrases used to describe the good life.

— how we define the good life  

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