We all know that money can’t buy happiness. But according to a new Harris poll, it helps.
About 38% of people with an income of $75,000 or more a year described themselves as “very happy,” compared to 28% of people making $35,000 a year.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t find this particularly surprising. No, money can’t buy happiness. But it definitely makes life easier. When you can pay for the necessities without scraping, and when you aren’t working two jobs to make ends meet, and when you actually have enough money left over to save for things—retirement, college—life is a lot less stressful.
Then again, there are plenty of people out there making plenty of money who aren’t happy. In fact, if you’re doing the simple math, you’ll realize that 62% of people making $75,000 or more a year don’t describe themselves as “very happy.” So clearly there’s more to it than what’s in your bank account.
Personally, I think it helps if you love what you do. You can make all the money in the world, but if you’re miserable for the 40+ hours that you spend working each week, there’s going to be plenty of unhappy in your world. Been there. Done that. (Before I started writing, I was a business consultant. Made good money. Hated my life.)
Does money make you happy? Does it help?
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