About The Speaker:
Micheal Norton is a professor at the Harvard Business School.
His work has been published in many leading academic Journals
such as Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
Psychological Science, and the Annual Review of Psychology.
He gained popularity after his speech "How money can buy
Happiness" published on November 2011.
Norton's argues that it is possible to buy happiness despite
the saying "money doesn't buy happiness."He believes that
if you spend your money on other people rather than
spending money on yourself that will bring happiness. He
argues that if you spend your money on other people you will
be happy. He argues that if you spend money on yourself you
wont be truly happy, you'll have a feeling of emptiness.
In the novel the "Great Gatsby" people from both East Egg
and West Egg, were very wealthy people. They spent money
on materialistic things like cars and houses. The characters
such as Daisy, Tom, and Gatsby were wealthy people but they
were never truly happy, there lives were hollow. Gatsby believes
that if he has money he'll get the girl and respect and be happy.
Gatsby is ashamed of his past because he wasn't wealthy. When
Gatsby finally did become wealthy he felt alone, he knew something
was missing that money couldn't buy. He wanted Daisy and no
matter how much he changed for her this feeling of
emptiness would never go away.