Does $75,000 a Year Make You Happy?

What is your number one fator of motivation when it comes to work? Salary? Benefits? Atmospher of the work place? If your answer is “salary” then this is what you should continue to read on it. How much salary can make you feel happy or satisfy? Probably some of you may say the more the happier. In order for us to understand this topic better, here is the fact, according to a new study from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, one’s happiness can actually buy for it and this benchmark is $75,000 a year. After this point, no matter how much more than $75,000 people make, they don’t report any greater degree of happiness.

Who say happiness has no price tag? Some of you may probably ask the same question but to me I have another point of view on this. Let’s rephrase it to $75,000 is just another way to measure how important you are with the company. The higher you get pay the more important you are and theoretically this is always true. The research shows that 41% of the low earners report feeling unhappy, compared with about 22% of the wealthier group. At $75,000, that effect disappears. For people who earn that much or even more, they probably have enough expendable cash to do things like shopping and going out with friends which make them feel good and life is better. This study clearly shows having money really taken the sting out of adversities.

To be realistic, regardless what the numbers are, people’s evaluations were much more tied to their income and this is one of the major factors to affect one’s satisfaction level. High income may not bring you happiness directly, but they do bring you a life you think is better in result bring you another form of happiness indirectly. That’s probably most people won’t disagree.

Making enough or say the-more-the-better definitely take an important part of the route but other than income. Instead of “buying happiness”, there are still ways to find life sastisfaction. Again, this article just a simplre reference showing how income affects the level of one’s happines. I personally satisfy what I have and feeling happy what I am doing every day. How about you?