CAN MONEY BUY HAPPINESS?
Some would argue that the effect of money, whatever it is, can only ever be minimal because individual happiness is based on completely different criteria. According to psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, about 50% is down to our baseline happiness level, which is something we’re born with. In other words, some people are just naturally happier than others. By contrast, life circumstances – which would include income levels – account for just 10% of our total reported happiness.
The final 40% is about “intentional activities”, or things we can do to make ourselves happier. Money does play a part in this – but not in the way you might expect.
If poverty makes us miserable, it stands to reason that wealth makes life worth living. But does it? Psychologists aren’t so sure
„Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.” (C. Luce)
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