so you want to be happy?

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

It turns out that the old “money can’t buy happiness” saying turns out to be true. Scientifically proven even. Here’s the article, and spoiler alert, here are the big punchlines:

  • stop trying to earn more when your income hits roughly $75,000 (over that amount and there’s no statistical increase in happiness)
  • regularly abstain from things you enjoy (it tends to make you enjoy them more)
  • and give away or share more of what you earn/have

sounds pretty straightforward to me, and although that $75K number is (structurally) out of reach for a large swath of our economy, I’m heartened to know that there is a point of declining returns on the income to happiness ratio, and that the “magic number” isn’t in the stratosphere.

It is also gratifying to know that taking a break from things like ice cream and chocolate can make us enjoy them more, and perhaps the icing on the cake here is that while we like giving to ourselves (i.e. buying things), what really lights up the happiness meter is sharing and/or giving to others.

h/t to Gideon for sharing the link.