What Can Make You Happy?
Maybe money can not buy happiness but they can surely help you achieve it and the conclusion that American researchers have reached is that money can actually make people much happier. How did researchers reached this conclusion? Well, it seems that in the ones surveyed for the study, people that had higher earnings were increasingly happier than people that had lower salaries. The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers indicate that happiness grows with incomes and once a certain level is reached and a sum of money in earnings that was established at about $75000 is obtained, people are less stressed and they feel much happier with their life, money having a great impact on everyday activity.
However, on the other hand, researchers say that too much work, will bring higher earnings, but it will also mean for the one working a little time to enjoy the results obtained, at least this is what specialists found after asking 1000 volunteers questions regarding the two elements: their earnings and their level of happiness.
Well, the results weren’t very shocking because in general higher earnings are associated with less stress when it comes to financial issues and this is exactly what American researchers found. They discovered that people with the lowest earnings are more stressed, angry and sad than individuals that have high salaries who were found to be happier, less stressed and more smiling.
But, it doesn’t mean that the higher are the earnings the happier are the individuals obtaining them. In fact, over the sum of $75000 the happiness level remains the same, researches found. Why doesn’t more money make you happier? Well, it seems that money can make people feel joy only at some point, until eliminating the stress caused by financial issues and the pressure of sustaining a family. But, this doesn’t mean that money can make you stay away of family troubles and other problems of this kind.
“More money does not necessarily buy more happiness but less money is associated with emotional pain,” researchers said. “Perhaps $75,000 is a threshold beyond which further increases in income no longer improve a person’s ability to do what matters most to their emotional well-being – such as spending time with the people they like, avoiding pain and disease and enjoying leisure,” they added.
However, specialists from Princeton University agreed that when the earnings are higher people satisfaction level also increases. “It is likely that when income increases above this value the increased ability to purchase positive experience is balanced, on average.”
But, according to researchers the level of happiness can be influenced by the earnings of the ones that surround you. So, maybe you earn one million dollars a year, but you won’t feel satisfied if you know that people around you earn more. Is that true? Do you compare your earnings with the ones of the people close to you and if they earn more, you feel envy and unhappiness?11