Money equals happiness?

Does money equal happiness? This question still leaves us divided. Harvard is analyzing within the second generation of what one needs to be happy. Money only applies to our short-term reward system in the brain, leads to a short elation but not a permanent satisfaction. It is only crucial until you are able to afford the basic needs. The critical limit of yearly income lays between 60.000 and 75.000 USD. The satisfaction does not raise automatically after this limit. But, money does help people sometimes to be happier: if they spend it for somebody else…

The analysis from Harvard focuses on finance, health, social relations, work etc. Surprisingly it is neither finance nor health but social relationships that make one happy. One does not need to have lots of friends or a huge family but just a few deep relationships with people who accept and love you for who you are!

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