May 27, 2024

Question of the Day: What is the #1 thing that makes Americans feel wealthy?

Having money isn't the bottom line...but it also doesn't hurt.

Answer: A sense of well-being


  • What comes to mind when you hear the word “wealthy?”
  • Do you think societal and cultural influences play a role in how people perceive well-being? Why or why not?
  • Discuss instances where someone might have a lot of money but low well-being, and vice versa.


Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. 


Behind the numbers (Charles Schwab):

A chart showing the things Americans report as making them feel wealthy in the following order: well-being, money, assets, necessities, freedom, achievements and goals, luxury, and giving.

MOVE: Your Money Values will get students out of their seat while exploring their values when it comes to money.
Find more ways to help students explore their relationship with money in NGPF's Behavioral Economics unit.


About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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