how much must you earn to be happy? that would be $75K a year for you.

Every week heralds some new study about what makes us happy. I always like the money ones. We all rather love to hear that having a lot of money doesn’t bring happiness. Thank the Lord, hey! Those poor rich suckers…barkin’ up the wrong tree, aren’t they!?


But what do you make of this new Princeton University study that shows that earning around $75,000 a year makes us most happy?

An article published on on Monday says: “The lower a person’s income falls below ($75K), the unhappier he or she feels. But no matter how much more than $75,000 people make, they don’t report any greater degree of happiness.”

This is an American study, but I reckon it would hold sway, dollar-for-dollar, here, too. No one likes talking about income. I have no idea what my closest friends earn, or my siblings. We guard this information as though to let people know what we earn would reveal too much about …what…? ….how much we squirrel away, how easy we have it, how unfair we might have life, how incapable we are (to derive more $$ from our boss). That said, I can see that $75K would make most of us feel safe, that we can tick off the basic boxes (house, food, holiday) and deal with life from a stable footing.

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