Study: Rich people two times happier than poor people

by biggoogle 81 replies
Hi everyone,

I read a study that was done in Quebec, Canada that showed that there is a direct correlation between the amount of money someone makes and their levels of happiness, with the rich being the happiest of all.

This matches my experience, in that all the millionaires I've known or worked with were all VERY happy, passionate, evolved and fun-loving people. The most miserable people I know are also the poorest.

There you go!

What are your thoughts?

Gab
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  • Profile picture of the author RHert
    Gab,
    I've met many millionaires and it's true many of them are very happy. Stress is eliminated from their life because of their finances, they also have the time to pursue their dreams. I have to tell you the happiest ones I've met are the self made millionaires. They've achieved their dreams and grown in their life through that.
    Everyone has the ability to be a millionaire, they just have to follow their dreams and obtain their goals. The money doesn't come until they've reached that place.
    People like being around others who are happy, who can make them feel better.
    Conversely millionaires who aren't following their dreams can be just as miserable as the poorest person alive.
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  • Profile picture of the author joekyut
    Maybe true but not fully as the fear of loosing it all still persists. Mostly, if your wealth was acquired illegally or the kid is dumb.

    You never know the stress might even come from wife/co-wives for polygamous families.

    All in all wealth is good but real happiness is what you go home to when you have peace of mind (no debts, stress or enemies).
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    Money might not buy happiness, but it does buy a lot of things that make you happy. I've been broke and now I've been affluent. One is better than the other.
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    • Profile picture of the author creaver1
      Can you post a link to that study?
      The Gallup research (directed by Daniel Kahneman) does not show those results exactly.
      After $40K/per capita, happiness flatlines. More money does not add happiness.

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      • Profile picture of the author mobiusman
        Originally Posted by creaver1 View Post

        Can you post a link to that study?
        The Gallup research (directed by Daniel Kahneman) does not show those results exactly.
        After $40K/per capita, happiness flatlines. More money does not add happiness.

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        I agree with you JimN.
        The findings of well-known researcher
        Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi shows the same thing. Happiness does not rise up much after a certain baseline income is reached.
        Material wealth does not add to happiness.
        I also have read that money by itself is a magnifying glass. If you're happy to start with you'll be happier because you can help more people. But if your an idiot and you somehow become better off financially, you'll just be a bigger idiot.

        Intrinsic happiness, something
        Mihaly calls "flow" is far more stable and far more available to us than we think. The placement of money first is probably a bad choice in a world so unstable that entire countries are going broke.

        A comparable argument is this: Adaptability trumps strength. Not the other way around. Darwin proved that.

        Intrinsic happiness is sustainable. Economic stability? Maybe not so much.
        Where you put your priorities is important because your outcomes always follow those.

        Just my thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramdom123
    I have to agree money buy so many things that will make you happy
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    • Profile picture of the author maclennan
      Money can buy you happiness and contentment, but surely the most important factor is a person's health...
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  • Profile picture of the author Deidra Renee
    I agree that money does not buy happiness, you can be rich and depressed. But I also know it's not fun to have bill collectors calling you everyday all day and you only have $15 in your pocket, but $5500 worth of bills. So yes, money makes things easier and you will probably tend to be more happy without all the financial stresses that comes when you're broke.

    So no, it doesn't make you happy, but it makes life a whole lot easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryKathan
    I would say that the money (if handled well) helps people have less stress and do more fun things.

    But I have met a lot of poorer people who seem so very happy. I have met some rich people who are always grouchy.

    I think money is not the only reason - but it does help to enjoy some fun things in life.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rachel Incoll
      Yes, so many people try to tell you that money doesn't buy happiness...but it sure makes life an awful lot easier!

      Without enough money to pay your bills each month, life isn't that fun...
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  • Profile picture of the author DownNout87
    This study should not surprise anyone....lol

    There are certain exceptions to this rule though.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    The quote "Money does not buy hapiness" was invented by a poor junkyard trader in the 19th century if my memory serves me right. One shouldn't take it seriously.

    More money does indeed bring more hapiness!

    I am self made and having been poor for many years, I know the feeling oh too well, and I am incredibly happy now! Not because I can buy things because thats only temporary hapiness... but because of all the financial pressures are gone.

    The rich folks that are unhappy, sure there are exceptions. ie: It is widely known that Doctors are not happy folks...but it has nothing or little to do with money.

    Bernard
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    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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      Originally Posted by alcymart View Post

      The quote "Money does not buy hapiness" was invented by a poor junkyard trader in the 19th century if my memory serves me right. One shouldn't take it seriously.

      More money does indeed bring more hapiness!

      I am self made and having been poor for many years, I know the feeling oh too well, and I am incredibly happy now! Not because I can buy things because thats only temporary hapiness... but because of all the financial pressures are gone.

      The rich folks that are unhappy, sure there are exceptions. ie: It is widely known that Doctors are not happy folks...but it has nothing or little to do with money.

      Bernard
      I think alot of times people who say that money doesn't buy happiness been rich, sooo, long they forgot what it is like to really live poor. There is a difference living comfortable, "saying", money don't buy happiness, and, "living" it(poor) on a day to day basis.

      P.S. Doctors who aren't happy probably live beyond their means. First time I heard Doctors are unhappy folks. Though, millionaire next door does speak of almost half Doctors financial status not good when it comes to the investing department. Which goes back to first sentence on P.S.
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  • Profile picture of the author astaisix
    I guess it depends on the type of person you are too.. If you enjoy just hanging about, not really experiencing a whole lot outside of family and friends that's fine and I dont think you need a bunch of cash to do that..
    However if your an adventure seeker or really enjoy things that take a lot of money.. well then of course... the more money you have the better..

    It's all relative im sure.. I know when I have a bunch of money Im more willing to go on fun trips, see places, do things, buy interesting pieces of technology.. all the sorts of stuff that can only be got with money.. and that makes me happy.. also other things that dont cost money make me happy..

    bottom line.. if you dont have things that makes you happy without spending money.. no amount of money will bring you long term stable happiness

    money cant buy wellbeing, but it sure can amplify it!
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  • Profile picture of the author mge
    This reminds me of a Beatles song "The best things in life are free, but you can give it to the birds and bees, I want money!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Nereah
    Money does make life easier, not having to worry about bills. Being able to buy what you need when you need it of course will make anyone happy. However, a person needs to understand that there are times when you can have some money... and I mean some i.e not too much, not too little in your account and yet get depressed over issues because there are things that money cannot buy and that is when contentment should be practised. But I do agree with you 100% that having some funds to spend when you Need TO does make folks alot happier.
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Most people worry over small things like: paying rent, paying school fees; the unforgiving economy; affording healthcare; taking a nice vacation etc. For a broke guy these are real issues hence the stress. For a rich guy these things occupy less of his time so he is much happier.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    I don't think most rich people are happy right now. It's not like they're not contented yet until they beat the great Bill Gates, but its about the relationships they had with other people (even the poor). Sometimes, money destroys relationships because these guys loves money more than their family.

    It can't buy some happiness for you....
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  • Profile picture of the author MattBrighton
    Rich people are definitely more happier. I'm in an area in the UK that has an area of rich people and middle class people (I'm fortunate enough to live in this area) but we border to a town that is rated one of the poorest of places in the UK. And going through there, you begin to notice pretty quickly how unfriendly people are there and how worn out they look. I can't exactly make the assumption that this is because they are struggling financially but there definitely is a link
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  • Profile picture of the author Vernita
    This should not come as something new or surprise at all for anyone.... rich people are happier because there is a lot of things money can buy where as poor people cannot sometimes even get to eat twice a day...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Guererro
    I wouldn't attribute a specific amount of money makes people happy but the fact that money is coming in based on ones effort makes people happy. I think too much emphasis on the monetary amount versus how good it feels to make other people lives enriched and at the same time get compensation for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author debml
      Originally Posted by Jim Guererro View Post

      I wouldn't attribute a specific amount of money makes people happy but the fact that money is coming in based on ones effort makes people happy. I think too much emphasis on the monetary amount versus how good it feels to make other people lives enriched and at the same time get compensation for it.
      I agree with Jim - lottery winners are clearly an example of this. The more more money a person has, the bigger their financial challenges become. Instead of $5500 in credit card debt - could more like $550,000...
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      • Profile picture of the author Bizmarkie
        Yeah I think it goes without saying that people with good finances are happier. They have other challenges that most people cannot relate to but at least they do not have to worry constantly about bills.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    I think it may be because they see the positive in things which might be partly how they acquired their wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author echelon
    I don't agree with that. I am not a millionaire. But, while money can help buy certain things, it is surprising to see that many people in Africa (which is supposed to be very poor) can be seen smiling. This should not be the case if money was what made someone happy.

    We even have the example of stars who do not seem to be happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author niknik
    well common sense really but money cant buy happiness,well can buy fun and not true happiness but lots of money certainly makes life easier,no bills to worry about,no stress with debts,the only stress what color new car shall I buy or where shall I buy my new house or what country shall I go on holiday next year.
    most rich people are on a different planet !!!!!!!o idea of hardship and what stress is about when you have debts and money worries.
    I have money and property once and lost it all due to resession so I know what stress is really about.
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  • Profile picture of the author jade69
    Do you have a link with the original study?

    This is true that wealth means happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Kim
    Yes ofcourse rich people are more happy than poors coz they can fill their desires with money. They have no stress to earn for tommoorrows food, for todays need. The best managment of their money can save their future, rich knws it well.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamstraus
    I've come across quite a few doctors and lawyers who were miserable and unhappy. Far more so than myself.

    On the other hand, not having money is a huge risk. What if I wanted to get married and have kids? It's expensive to support a family.

    Money for me is certainly about peace of mind and knowing I'm secure so yes, for me it does lead to happiness. It's not everything but it's a big part of "it".
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    • Profile picture of the author DIG006
      I think there is some truth to the statement, but it is being analyzed for the wrong reasons. True the rich and wealthy seem happier, but they have a few things going for them. 1. Most of the time they have less or very different stresses in their life which makes them happier. 2. They have the freedom to take time off from work and associate with people in their lives. 3. people want to be around them. In my oppinion, it all comes back to attention. Without a good social life, people tend to be more depressed or unhappy. Non wealthy people who have good social lives are happy in that aspect, but have more financial stress that takes away from their overall happiness. This is just my opinion though.

      J.D.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne-Marie B
    I think that happiness comes from within but I agree that money does give you more freedom to pursue your passions and interests. Being a millionaire means freedom to do what you want on your own terms.
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  • Profile picture of the author russkampmann
    I live in an affluent community (me being one of the less affluent) and what I see are these same people being beset by the same trials and tribulations as of those less fortunate. Divorce, alcoholism and other dependencies, suicides, aging parents, autistic children. I also see a different but just as debilitating subset of problems, especially the concern about keeping up appearances (image), retention of wealth, boredom. Not to paint with a broad brush, but money does not necessarily resolve all issues, and it can create other problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    Originally Posted by biggoogle View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I read a study that was done in Quebec, Canada that showed that there is a direct correlation between the amount of money someone makes and their levels of happiness, with the rich being the happiest of all.

    This matches my experience, in that all the millionaires I've known or worked with were all VERY happy, passionate, evolved and fun-loving people. The most miserable people I know are also the poorest.

    There you go!

    What are your thoughts?

    Gab
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    Well.....true sometimes....

    You will be much happier when you have money to pay for your debt. BUT this doesn't guarantee 100% Happiness...

    UNLESS...the extra money that you have will be shared among the poor/needy people around you....

    What do you think?


    Mary
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      Here's what I've noticed from my neighborhood:

      Poor guy is depressed. "Oh, you must have depression!! Oh, you must need a drink!! Oh, you must have had a bad relationship!! Oh, you must need a break!! Oh, you must have had a bad day!! Oh, your mom needs to treat you better!! Oh, <insert excuse here>"

      Rich guy is depressed. "Oh, you must be rich..." Almost like if you're rich, then somehow you're either supposed to be happy 24/7 or there's something wrong with your money and you should get rid of it to be like 'normal' people.

      Seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dyer402
    Daniel tosh said it best: money cant buy happiness, but money can buy a waverunner.... you ever see anyone frown on a wave runner? Me neither..
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  • Profile picture of the author Shubh Ashish
    it depends upon person person .
    we can't say that all the rich persons are happy or an poor man could also be happy .
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    It also might have something to do with just how overall secure they feel. That could probably do a lot for someones inner well-being.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph G Spiteri
      I agree with Perfictlovehere
      It all depends on how the person is on the inside do's that person
      feel in tune with the universe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jami Pagan
    I think people now days have attached the happiness to money and that is why the study suggesting the following. Otherwise I have seen people in far east who live in villages, live a happy, healthy and long lives....
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  • Profile picture of the author sandy christine1
    This is all truly very, very interesting, but I have one important question:
    Are SAYING that you are happy, and BEING happy the same thing?
    The answer may be “yes” but I can think of at least one obvious phenomenon: several rich people, who are in fact miserable, would never in their right minds admit it in such a survey because they are so rich and their guilt overrides their honesty. Would there be enough of them to create this meaningful statistical difference? Isn’t what these data show really that rich people SAY they are happier?
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  • Profile picture of the author aireland
    You will never be truly Happy unless you truly enjoy what your doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArthelJoyVallon
      For me, those who are able to find joy out of simple things in life are the happiest people in the world. Most of the time, they are those who are not much exposed to the luxuries of life. True, they may not have the capacity to buy their wants in a heartbeat, but it is because of their inability that they are able to cherish simple blessings they receive everyday of their lives. Growing up from a developing country, where majority of the population is beyond poverty line, I've witnessed tons of circumstances where genuine happiness is reflected in the eyes of the less fortunate (in terms of money). One instance was when I was walking downtown from school and happened to pass by a lady with three kids (a school age, a toddler, and an infant) sitting outside a grocery store with a can placed in front for people to drop their loose change. For some reason, I was so touched by the scene and decided to give the lady the loaf of bread I was planning to eat for breakfast the next day. The lady was surprised (at the same time thrilled) when she saw the item I was offering her. She took the bread loaf, looked at me in the eye,smiling, and thanked me. I was taken aback by her reaction, to me it was just another loaf of bread, but to her, it meant that she and her kids won't be sleeping with empty stomachs. I simply gave away something of not much value to me, but the reaction I received had a smile plastered on my face the entire evening.

      My experience may be unrelated to internet marketing, but main point I wish to address is that money is not the measure of happiness, it is how you find value in the things you receive and how you share that happiness to others.
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  • Profile picture of the author thereikid
    Don't believe it. Although the Scripture says money is the answer to all things. Money is simply a tool the makes the person more of what they are. So it can be said that the people that have the best relationship and understanding of money are happier than those who don't regardless of amount because they are sad poor people and rich people.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Originally Posted by biggoogle View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I read a study that was done in Quebec, Canada that showed that there is a direct correlation between the amount of money someone makes and their levels of happiness, with the rich being the happiest of all.

    This matches my experience, in that all the millionaires I've known or worked with were all VERY happy, passionate, evolved and fun-loving people. The most miserable people I know are also the poorest.

    There you go!

    What are your thoughts?

    Gab
    Hmm.. interesting.

    I have met many rich people who are very happy, but also many rich people who are quite unhappy so I do not think there is a strict connection between income and happiness.

    Some really rich people might actually be ones who aren't exceptionally happy with their life.
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  • Profile picture of the author automaton
    "Study: Rich people two times happier than poor people" - How can you quantify and measure happiness? BS.
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    • Profile picture of the author kaidaiah
      Originally Posted by automaton View Post

      "Study: Rich people two times happier than poor people" - How can you quantify and measure happiness? BS.
      I agree with this, happiness can't be measured. How can a study even objectively correlate any two people's different standards of happiness? Also what defines "rich" and what defines "poor". It didn't even give income brackets so how can you take a study like that seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author staffelseo
    For most people MONEY can bring happiness. Yes, indeed BUT for a short period of time and eventually fades and after all, the good ones which are not being bought like love, companionship, friendship and etc can bring you a life long happiness in which MONEY can't be bought. And also remember wealthy people often gets sick because of their lifestyle which can made them sad unlike the poor ones, they were healthy and yet happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joey Tribbiani
    It's common sense. If you're poor, you want to have a lot but you can't have it. Lots of people live on the edge which is very unpleasant, stressful and brings many sad things.

    If you have tons of money you don't need to worry about finances as you have money for everything. You're out of that stress.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Content King
      Having lots of money makes life much easier. When you have that 'F-You' money, it's like getting a pass in life. You can pretty much do anything and go anywhere you want. When you have it easy, it's easy to become happy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      I think a certain amount of money definitely makes people happier. (Once they have their most important needs met etc.) However something the study doesn't reveal is that people who are capable of making a lot of money probably have the skills and confidence to be successful in other areas of life.
       
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  • Profile picture of the author papamo44
    I think the biggest difference in quality of life and happiness is between people and families in poverty and people in the middle class and the gap between middle class and the rich is not that much different. The middle class and the rich have their basic needs meet while living in poverty affects relationships
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielMilstein
    What I have found is that only those rich people are happy who are able to enjoy their money than being obsessed with it. Moreover, what worth are your millions if you achieve it by abusing your body through unhealthy work hours and living because you will not be able to enjoy your millions in that case.
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      I think I put this somewhere else in WF:

      Joe is depressed, argues with his wife, and has to take a ton of antidepressants. Joe makes $20,000 a year. People tell him he is sad because of his dad, because of his mom, because of his 8th grade teacher, whatever.

      James is depressed, argues with his wife, and has to take a ton of antidepressants. James makes $200,000 a year. People tell him he is sad because he's rich.

      It's a stigma. Yeah...
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    That's a saying "Money can't buy happiness" and I somehow agree with it (only a little)

    SO if there's a choice: I would rather be RICH and unhappy rather than POOR and unhappy.

    How about you?
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    • Profile picture of the author anwiii
      Originally Posted by JeremiahSay View Post

      That's a saying "Money can't buy happiness" and I somehow agree with it (only a little)

      SO if there's a choice: I would rather be RICH and unhappy rather than POOR and unhappy.

      How about you?
      what you are trying to do is relate life to logic. if so, the opposite will be true too. you would rather be rich and happy rather than be poor and happy.....or you would rather be with this logic not only are you validating that money doesn't define happiness or unhappiness, if you were in a position to make that choice, you are doing something wrong in life because no matter what, you have failed to find what would make you happy.

      based on what i have already said, that money is a distraction to life itself, if you choose to be rich and unhappy, your chances of finding your happiness decreases. so in effect, you are choosing a path where you don't even care about your happiness. just the money. the sad truth to it all is most people WOULD choose the money thinking their lives would be easier but there is no price you can place on finding inner peace and happiness. that's a road few people take only because it's the most difficult.....but it's the most rewarding.....

      one of my other philosphies in life is "the easy path is usually not the best path"
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    The correlation between having money and being happy does not necessarily mean that money is the cause of happiness. An example: if we make an observation that each time March and April on the calendar is opened it suddenly gets warmer outside, could we conclude that the simple act of turning the pages makes the trick? Very little children may think it, but it certainly isn't so.
    It's much more likely that money and happiness are both results.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattryan30
    I think more money can make you happier because the lack of stress related to paying bills etc.I have,heard that a lot of the happiness has to do with the relative social equality of those around you related to wealth.I remember reading a study a long time ago,where they rated the happiness of people in a very poor third world country and found the people far happier as a whole than other countries that were made up of mostly the middle class and rich. Its because the poor people didn't have reason to covet expensive possession or to be like the Joneses who had more than them to feel that they fit into society.These people also lived more simple carefree lives. As long as they had enough food to survive they were happy.

    I tend to think rich people are happier overall in places like most of Europe and the U.S. Of course not all rich people are happy,I think a case in point would be Howard Hughes who was definitely not a happy rich dude.
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  • Profile picture of the author kangtj
    I agree that there is a correlation between rich and happiness, but I read a book that after certain level of money, the satisfy level are almost equal.
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  • Profile picture of the author aitvaras
    The key is to have a balance. It's best not to bee too rich or too poor without proper management of ones own life. If you're too rich, you need to offset money's influence in your life by doing activities that take your mind off your status. Same as being poor, many take up sports and partake in more activities outside or hobbies.

    If someone only focuses on their status, rather rich or poor, they are guaranteed to be unhappy.
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  • Profile picture of the author dugu56
    Money makes life easier but definitely not happier.
    Have you traveled to some of the really pour countries in the world?
    I have, and I've met so many genuinely happy people there and that made
    me wonder how is it possible. These people had almost nothing and yet, they
    were really happy because the were alive, and the sun was shining, and there
    were people that loved them.
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  • Profile picture of the author nucleus
    Happiness is a choice. Get up in the morning and decide to be happy. Too many times in my life I have put conditions on my happiness. "I will be happy once I have this or do that"

    The only thing you have for sure is the present moment. You could die at any time.

    Choose to be happy no matter what is going on around you. Enjoy the challenge.

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  • Profile picture of the author Longie
    I saw a study saying the same thing. Money is such an emotive subject, yet all it is is a medium of exchange- a tool! Years ago we were trading beads, before that maybe magic beans, ok I made that bit up!

    I am all for money and abundance. Money is good, can facilitate good, and more.

    Prosperity to all who read this!
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  • Profile picture of the author robrave
    Of course!

    Generally speaking, rich people feel greater freedom than poor people.

    But, you don't need to be rich in order to feel happy. Happiness is a choice and you can do it right here right now if you want to.
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    • Profile picture of the author ConcordeWarrior
      Unless living in the jungle or in a monastery how can one be happy without any money?

      I haven't met anyone who is happy and poor. Never.

      Happy and rich, yes, but not happy and poor.

      I am always happier when I have more money. I feel more free to do things I like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lin Raj
    I think happiness and comfort are two different things which needs to be distinguished.Money buys comfort,not happiness as happiness is a state of mind which poors can also have if they are mentally satisfied with their job and personal life and millionares may not have if their personal life is disturbed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Salesforce
    Happiness can't b measured as it is a mental state and money can't support it.We can buy luxury with money and distract our mind for a few min.s from current situation but happiness can't be hired with money.
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  • Profile picture of the author money200
    I think happiness not come by money but money comes with happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author D3fiantMark3ting
    "Happiness does not require success as success does require happiness"

    Most think the 'rich' are happy because they are 'rich' but for most, they are 'rich' because they are happy. Learn this and achieve anything you want in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    Granted the concept of "rich" is extremely nebulous, if you're "rich" and not happy, you're not doing something right.
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  • Profile picture of the author josephrich
    i agree with aireland...
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      • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
        Originally Posted by clove View Post

        Psychologist here. I had studied eudaimonia (the study of happiness) briefly before I changed my research direction to advertising.

        The fact of the matter is that money doesn't directly give anyone happiness. Rather, it is what money brings to you that makes you happy.

        Rich people may appear to be happier because of their money, but it is more likely because they don't have to worry about electricity bills and rent. Rich people can afford medical insurance and likely have better health, which is a huge predictor of happiness. Also, rich men are more likely to have attractive mates.

        In short, don't believe that money is the thing that is going to make you happy. Money is simply a means to an end.
        As I've said to people who argue that money doesn't bring happiness, I say on what one spends does. For people who always would living modestly, it may not make one world of difference. For those who see things on TV and want it, money is definitely a means to an end.
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      • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
        Originally Posted by clove View Post

        Psychologist here. I had studied eudaimonia (the study of happiness) briefly before I changed my research direction to advertising.

        Rich people may appear to be happier because of their money, but it is more likely because they don't have to worry about electricity bills and rent. Rich people can afford medical insurance and likely have better health, which is a huge predictor of happiness. Also, rich men are more likely to have attractive mates.
        That bit about medical insurance is a huge factor. While there is a ton of arguing about whether or not money makes people happy, health does make people happy. That's why there's a disease called depression. If you're wealthy enough to have full on assistance getting out of it, then yes, your money (or what it bought) made you happy. If you are in a car wreck and can't afford the proper surgery, the proper legal routes, or whatever, then you can bet you probably won't be happy. It's not the money that makes you happy so much as what it buys for you, and health, health does make you happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anakincaden
    'Happiness' in my opinion is just a state of mind which every human can have with or without money. A big laugh with friends or family or anything funny can bring happiness in your life too.
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    The thing is i have read most of the comments but like my favorate Author "Flex dennis" suggests it how you define wealth.You know a percentage of millionares are known as non-millionares or comfortable poor.

    Millionares these days can be from winning a lotto ticket just like here in the Uk to self wealth acheived such as starting business Flex dennis is one of the main millionares who started in the UK computer magazines and lads mags such as Maxim and loaded Magazine which is a global business.

    wealth Assets measured by cash in hand or Quickly realabile Assets

    50k-200,000 The comfortable Poor
    200k-500,00 The comfortabley off
    500k-1million The comfortabley wealthy
    1 mill-5 million the lesser ritch
    5 million-15million The comfortable ritch
    15 million-35 million The Rich
    35 million-50 million seriously ritch
    50-million 100 million truly ritch,Super ritch to dirty ritch

    As far as what i stated shows the reasons between why so many feel poor above is a table of millionares. Take in consideration the more ritch you are the more taxation to your assest takes place however there are yet only a handfull of millionares that places there hands on the 100 million bracket per week or per month. Which creates respect and happyness to leave that chunk change floating in a offshore bank account in monoco for example.

    Others find taxation a nightmere which one of the reasons they are miserable about there wealth as it means working harder to keep the wealth from when they first became wealthy.

    As for the poor well They say if you dont have the attitude you never will become ritch.However it can be done i have seen it so many times in the UK from lotto winners to business start up's on Television shows such as dragon's den.

    MY main point is with poor people most are in the bracket of hand and foot living so not having the ability to 1 million quid is no big deal you learn to budget well and get by. Happy comes to alot of people from other ways regardless of money such as seeingyour children play baseball or Football in there school to being creative. Its not the money that drives many billionares but the creativatey and problem solving which takes place in business creations.
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    • Profile picture of the author anwiii
      the survey is a joke. it talks about how happiness can be defined by how much money you have? that's only one aspect of of happiness. the materialistic aspect. there are many more aspects to consider. (love, fullfillment, inner peace, morals and values, nature, who you were born to be, not where you ended up, etc....)

      there are so many aspects to happiness. rich or poor, life is a struggle and life is much much more than just money if one is trying to find true happiness.

      to me, life isn't about money. money is a distraction to life. money is good to buy the neccessities, and if you can afford it, other things too that can make life a little bit more fun to live in. but can it truely buy happiness? i seriously doubt it.

      a good example of what i am trying to say here is that i remember taking a trip down south once. i like to explore and entered a town which seemed to still be segregated. one small section of town you had the big homes. they were very pretty. the shades were drawn, nobody was outside(probably working for more money or something), and it seemed a little desolate for my liking. then a few blocks over, i noticed a huge change. i saw some run down houses that needed painting, people sitting on their front porches enjoying the outside, and kids were actually playing with eachother in the middle of the street. this was my experience between a rich white section of a neighborhood, and a poor black section of the same neighborhood.

      people who say you have more freedom when you have more money are the people who don't understand life OR happiness. they are caged in a society where they don't think money can ever be a distraction to what life is really about. they are the same people who see the outter shell of everything that surrounds them and are too weak to dig deeper to see life as it really is.

      ofcourse there are exceptions, but i have travelled a lot and the exceptions are very few.

      i grew up in an upper middle class family and i have lived on a budget of $300 a month. i grew up where things could be paid for me, and i've lived where i had to do without.

      happiness comes from inside you. it's more like a choice. "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out". it's about seeing the beauty that surounds you that has nothing to do with money.

      the funny thing about money that i have noticed is that most of the time, the rich don't even have enough years in their life to spend all the money they received in their lifetime and it goes against my philosophy in life that "too much of a good thing, turns out to be a bad thing". for many reasons this is true, but the main reason is that in life, there needs to be balance.

      when most people are making a lot of money, their focus is on how to spend it or reinvest it. their focus on what money CAN'T buy becomes more dim. like i said, it's a distraction.

      it's true that lots of money changes people, but for most, not for the better.....
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  • Profile picture of the author fixxidotnet
    absolutely true money make you happy although all propaganda to make you believe otherwise.

    With money You work less , you play more.

    What is sad to me is that contrary to some comments above money does not come from spreading good.... most of the time. The reason for this is that the very nature of money is fraudulent...

    Money is controlled by guns and the system is designed for you to work.. you may only get richer if you serve your masters well ...

    How many here have confirmed they gotten rich ? Sure there are many because of the information revolution .. but what 3 % out of 100 ? maybe less
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  • Profile picture of the author HKSEO Jonbones
    Can't say I'm really surprised at the results, generally I'm happier when I'm making more money than when I'm not.

    Like the studies that say men are more likely to find a woman with the more money they make. REALLY? Shocking
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Nick
    I personally don't believe that rich people are happier, how many rich people have tragically ended their lives? a lot...I think there has to be a balance, if you're rich but you're lonely then you will not be happier than someome who is working class and has a lot of support and love from friends and family
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  • Profile picture of the author TamilYoung
    Most people think Making a lot of Money is Sin and those people willing to are seen as greedy. Not very true. Even to wage a Freedom Struggle (a cause for people, no selfish cause), Money is required. It is how you spend your money matters. Making Money takes you and those around you to the next level! No wonder, the survey says the rich are happy! If one should be able to help others, happiness rolls over.
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