Money and happiness: is there a connection?

The scientists are in no hurry to agree with the statement "Money is not happiness," they spend a significant long-term studies to test whether this is actually, and if so, what makes us truly happy.

Money and happiness: is there a connection?

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If you believe the experts of the joint study of the Scottish University of Stirling and the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham, the increase in wages does not make most people happy. The loss of money makes you feel unhappy and has a much higher value (however, this applies to people of a certain type).

Head of research Christopher Boyce (Christopher Boyce) states: "Quite often believe that with the growth of income is growing and our satisfaction with life, but we have found that it is not so."

The study involved more than 18 thousand people, which has been monitored for more than nine years. Scientists have found that regardless of the personality types, increase the earnings did not increase the level of life satisfaction. On this indicator - naturally negative - impact is only a waste of money.

Christopher Boyce sure: "For most people living in economically developed countries, the ever-increasing income is not an important factor for the growth of well-being and sense of happiness. Instead, we should aim for financial stability, to help and protect those who are in difficult financial situation - this will make us happier "1. This is not the first study on the question of the relationship between income and the level of happiness. For example, in 2012 the Psychological Science journal published a proof that human well-being does not depend on the state of his bank account, and from the respect and admiration that it causes other people 2.

Author and head of research Cameron Anderson (Cameron Anderson) from the University of California at Berkeley explains: "We are interested in this issue, as there is plenty of evidence that higher socioeconomic status - higher salary or a large fortune, a good education - does not affect the growth of well-being and life satisfaction. But many are still convinced that the high status - the key to happiness. "

To test this, they gathered data on 80 college students: the level of income, social status (in the opinion of their peers and themselves) and the level of social activity, and the level of happiness. Happier were not those students who are richer, and those who had better "social status". This so-called "local effect of the stairs," that is, according to psychologists, the dependence of life satisfaction on how we perceive "local community". Researchers at three different ways rechecked this assumption and each time came to the same conclusion. Participants of the other study were MBA students, for which the observed during the school year. The results again confirmed that bring happiness not money, but respect for you others, if it's your sports team, neighbors or friends.

Cameron Anderson commented: "I was surprised at how it is interrelated: even for nine months, it was obvious how to change the level of happiness in one direction or another, depending on whether to raise or lower a person in the local" social ladder ".

Anderson talks about how to be happy is more important than social status, rather than money, that affect the degree of satisfaction with life is much less: "One of the reasons why money does not bring happiness, is that people quickly get used to the new level of income or state. For example, lottery winners initially feel happy, but they soon returned to the normal level of happiness. " As for social status: "Maybe being a respected, influential, included in society is so important to our well-being, because it is something that is important and valuable ever."

1 psp.sagepub.com/content/42/4/471

2 pss.sagepub.com/content/23/7/764