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UPDATE: Cheeseburgers and happiness always on the menu for Warren Buffett -- and Jimmy Buffett, too

UPDATE: Cheeseburgers and happiness always on the menu for Warren Buffett -- and Jimmy Buffett, too


By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

Warren Buffett tap dances at the office, and Jimmy's songs, for his fans, are joy-filled anthems

What makes Warren Buffett happy? He may have more money than you, but money doesn't make the difference. He'd rather have a cheeseburger and a Coke and some ice cream from Dairy Queen than a $200 meal. Money does not count to Warren Buffett -- he's giving it all away (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/warren-buffett-made-me-smarter-about-charity-2014-06-09). Happiness is what counts.

And there is something magical or perhaps spiritual about a cheeseburger that makes him happier than dining at a famous New York steak house. Same goes for another Buffett: Jimmy Buffett of "Margaritaville" fame. Another of his best-known songs: "Cheeseburger in Paradise:"

The latter's lyrics might make your mouth water: "Heaven on Earth with an onion slice / Medium rare with mustard 'be nice / I like mine with lettuce and tomato / Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes / Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer / Well good God almighty, which way do I steer / For my Cheeseburger in Paradise."

Now that's real down-home spirituality, topped with a blessing from on high. A "Cheeseburger in Paradise," good ol' American sing-along music, with two happy Buffetts on the menu.

"Success is getting what you want," observes Warren, while "happiness is wanting what you get." And that's how you can live happy in today's "new normal," even with investment returns dropping, politics in chaos and your nest egg riding a stock-market roller coaster.

And you certainly don't need a billion dollars, or even a million, to be happy. Most Americans have neither. Maybe that's why we're happy bunch, why we eat over 50 billion burgers a year (that's three a week each). So next lunchtime, eat healthy -- like the Buffetts. They know the cheeseburger's a path to spiritual happiness on our pale blue dot.

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