Two things happened to Sandra Bullock [in March 2010]. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks The Sandra Bullock Trade
According to one study, joining a group that meets even just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income. According to another, being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year.
One method of resolving this question is to understand motivation versus satisfiers as Herzberg described them in his Two Factor Theory. Money is a satisfier, happiness is a motivator.