Money can't buy you happiness, right? That being said, if you woke up and found $100,000 extra just sitting in your bank account, I'm guessing you'd be pretty happy. (Or, at this time in our lives, a mortgage banker with a direct line to Mr. Paulson.)
Yes! You'd be thrilled! You'd think of all the things you could do with the money: patching the house, retiring the old car, paying for a kids education, starting a foundation, etc....
David Blanchflower, a Dartmouth professor in economics (and, coincidentally, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England), found out that a good marriage is worth the same as finding an extra $100K in your pocket.
Granted, nothing is truly free. But, if you are in a good marriage, at least it's fun earning the dough.... (And, yes, this is old news but new to me. Thank you DAM!)