Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sorry, money actually can buy happiness

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Actually, I feel happier just looking at this picture.
  • Actually, I feel happier just looking at this picture.

The romantics among us will scoff, but the science is clear: Money brings happiness. And in fact, the more money you have, the happier you're likely to be.

According to a Today Show article:

After poring over data from 140 countries, researchers from The Wharton School concluded that the more money you have, the more satisfied you are with life — and that relationship holds true whether you are a citizen of the United States or of Burundi. As it turns out, the happiness effect isn’t relative; it’s based on a person’s absolute income.

What that means is that your happiness is very dependent on the economic prosperity of the country in which you live. As a general rule, the wealthier a nation is, the happier its citizens are.

Any of you other poor jerks feeling depressed right about now?

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