In a perfect world, we'd all earn more money than we'd know what to do with. But, in such tough economic times, we have to be realistic.
The truth is, while earning an abundance of money would be ideal, those earning the average national income or even slightly above it, should consider themselves lucky.
It's hard to feel lucky, however, when than the national mean average salary is $42,504 per year, according to the National Compensation Survey. It might not seem like much, but these days, it's more than enough -- or at least it has to be.