Benjamins won’t necessarily make you any more optimistic or flourish in times of hardship, but it sure as heck will make life’s hardships suck a little less. Yup, that’s the conclusion of a scientific study that the University of British Columbia conducted, arising from the hypothesis of whether or not money can truly buy happiness.
The study was conducted by graduate student Kostadin Kushlev who analyzed data from a 2010 survey in which 12,291 Americans were asked about their income and general emotional state, according to Metro News.
Unsurprisingly, those who cashed in more money were found to feel and experience less sadness on a regular basis, though not more happiness than their less well-off counterparts.
According to Metro News, Kushlev said,
Income can buffer us against some of these things that might cause more sadness in our lives but it doesn’t necessarily provide the things necessary to increase our happiness.
So, in contrast to what one might expect, there is no direct correlation between a decrease in sadness and an increase in joy.
The team attributed the diminished sadness to being able to quickly eliminate nuisances that could become major problems for low-income individuals. Put it to you this way; someone with a higher income might not get all freaked out over buying a new car part, whereas those with less income would constantly worry about that specific car part until they can afford to fix it.
With that being said, the ability to buy large purchases when tragedy strikes doesn’t necessarily make you happier when you wake up each morning.
People who are dedicating their lives to getting richer should at least know that getting richer won’t necessarily increase their happiness on a daily basis.
He hopes his findings will inspire others to look further than their bank accounts when pure happiness is the objective.
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