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Money Can Buy Happiness & It Cost $75,000

Dmitriy Shironosov

‘Money can’t buy happiness’ is a phrase many of us have heard for our entire lives. Yet, according to a new study there is an actual price tag on happiness and it’s $75,000.

The massive survey of 450,000 people looked at how much money it would take to make one ‘happy’ in life via their job. Surprisingly the result wasn’t millions upon millions of dollars. No, in fact happiness had a cap or a glass ceiling if you will.

(We) find that the effects of income on the emotional dimension of well-being satiate fully at an annual income of $75,000.

It should be noted that in the study there is a difference between ’emotional well-being’ and “life evaluation.” Emotional well-being is basically your emotional experiences each day. Life Evaluation is how you feel/think about your life, the satisfaction or lack thereof.

We conclude that lack of money brings both emotional misery and low life evaluation; similar results were found for anger. Beyond $75,000 in the contemporary United States, however, higher income is neither the road to experienced happiness nor the road to the relief of unhappiness or stress.

So what does this all mean? If you make less than $75,000 try to reach that number and you will find ‘happiness’ and anything over that you risk less happiness. Basically the more money you gain (over $75,000), the more you lose in life. Your level of happiness can decrease with the more you make at work; by way of greater work loads, longer hours, etc. The study says you risk living life abstract instead of vibrant or ‘alive.’

One final way to look at it is at $75,000 you level of emotional happiness is high, over that amount and your life evaluation level will increase but emotional happiness will take a hit.

Read the full study HERE.




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