How much money makes you happy?

Money and Career, Simplicity

happyDo you earn enough money to be happy?
According to a study from Gallup, earning $75,000 a year is a magic income level in America.
As salaries increased for the 450,000 people surveyed, the day-to-day level of happiness rose as well – until it reached a plateau at $75,000.
Does this mean a person earning $150,000 isn’t any happier than a person earning $75,000?
In both cases, the general day-to-day happiness or contentment was similar – but those who made more than $75,000 were more satisfied with their general position or status in the world.

“Giving people more income beyond 75K is not going to do much for their daily mood . . . but it is going to make them feel they have a better life.” ~ Angus Deaton, researcher

Working hard and earning a great salary is fine. The challenge comes in learning how to be content with what you have in every situation.
Contentment doesn’t mean being lazy or complacent.
It means finding the value in the things you have without feeling like you need to upgrade to make yourself feel better.
Remember, happiness is fleeting at best.
No matter what salary situation you find yourself in, be careful not to rely on happiness more than you rely on the joy that can be found in the moment.
In other words … remember the strawberries.

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