The "poor" happiness is different from the "rich"?

Dictionary Kuznetsova interpreted happiness as "a state of higher life satisfaction, a feeling of deep satisfaction and joy experienced by anyone." Happiness, therefore, the concept of emotional and subjective. Shura Balaganov for full happiness lacked 6,400 rubles, Bender dreamed of Rio de Janeiro, but someone happy doing one small thing - the smile of a loved one.

Researchers from the University of California interested in the connection of happiness and material situation of people. To identify and formalize it, they interviewed a half thousand Americans. In addition to information about income, the respondents found out their tendency to sensation seven positive emotions, such as amusement, awe, compassion, satisfaction, enthusiasm, love and pride. It is considered that they constitute the core of happiness. The more of these emotions a person feels, the happier he is.

"A lot of income there are many benefits, including improved health and life satisfaction, but whether this is due to greater happiness? - he asks and answers himself the question lead author Dr. Paul Piff (Paul Piff). - Typically, most people think about money, how about some unbeaten welfare. But some recent research suggests that in fact it is not. In many ways, the money does not necessarily buy you happiness. "

Respondents who are on the upper levels of the socio-economic ladder, researchers reported on their tendency to experience emotions focused mostly on "how cool". They are looking for entertainment, go through life "with her head held high," looking down on others, while experiencing the pride and satisfaction.


In contrast to the "top", the inhabitants of the bottom of the economic spectrum society reported a greater tendency to experience emotions, focusing on others. Their main feelings - compassion and love. Poor people are more likely to notice the beauty of the world and in awe of her.

According to Piffa, the differences between the emotions felt by the poor and rich, clearly show that the financial situation clearly associated with happiness:

"It seems that your condition predisposes you to a different happiness. While the rich are positive emotions in dignity, status and individual achievements, less affluent people seem to derive positive and happy in their relationships, the ability to care for and communicate with others. "

"Hunting Forest captivity." Emotional differences between rich and poor, is considered by the investigator to be related to the aspirations and goals. While looking for the first in the life of independence and self-sufficiency, the second focused on helping others. The presence or absence of money allows people thus remain themselves. Using material wealth as a tool to effectively wealthy isolate themselves from hostile competitors, whereas low incomes provide many occasions for solidarity, compassion and mutual support.


Piff noted that many researchers of the last decades have focused on the study of the adverse effects of poverty. But people have found a way to cope with difficulties. Despite the less favorable material circumstances in the life of the poor is the joy and happiness.

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