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4 Ways Net Profit Margin Equals Happiness in Life

The equation for net profit margin in business can serve as an analogy for how to achieve happiness and satisfaction in life.

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When it comes to business, most would understand what is meant by net profit margin — the percentage of total sales that is actual money you gain in your pocket. In other words, what percentage of sales is left after subtracting your cost of goods sold, operating expenses and taxes.

In life, I argue one's net profit margin equals the abundance of happiness one feels, both regularly and with varying intensity. Total sales equal the abundance of pure joy and happiness that can be redeemed around you. Cost of goods sold equals the effort one puts in, day in and day out. Operating expenses equal long-term effort and vision for one's life. And taxes equal one's obligations, such as making dinner, cleaning, doing laundry, putting effort into relationships and other consistently required duties.

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