September 6, 2010
Money can help buy happiness -- at least if you're bringing in about $75,000 a year, new research shows.
While happiness increases along with annual household incomes up to about $75,000, beyond that, earning more money has no effect on day-to-day contentment, according to the study.
But that doesn't mean you should give up trying to get that promotion. While making more won't help your emotional state on any given day, people who had household incomes above $75,000 were more apt to say they were satisfied overall with their life.
Those who made, say, $120,000 reported more satisfaction with their lives and had a higher assessment of their life overall than those who made less, while those who made $160,000 evaluated their lives even better still.
See also "What Salary Buys Happiness in Your City?" (Wall Street Journal, 7/9/2010)
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