Life’s a cruel, heartless bitch that endeavours to make every day as difficult as possible for you. Those are the exact words that my father told me on my 3rd birthday, and good golly am I glad he did because it’s the bloody truth.
We all know that people from all walks of life have it tough blah blah blah but I bet I’d be feeling MUCH more content with the world if I had a fat sack of cash to fall back on.
That’s the idea behind Purdue University’s latest study, which hypothesises that there’s an optimal salary that can determine your happiness and well-being.
For us folks down under, that number is $159,000 and the deets were taken from over 1.7 million people across 164 countries.
Nature Human Behaviour lead author and doctoral student Andrew Jebb, reckons there’s a fair bit of disparity between what we see on TV and what real happiness is.
“We found that the ideal income point is $US95,000 ($121,000) for life evaluation and $US60,000 ($76,000) to $US75,000 ($95,000) for emotional wellbeing,” he said. “This amount is for individuals and would likely be higher for families.”
“That might be surprising as what we see on TV and what advertisers tell us we need would indicate that there is no ceiling when it comes to how much money is needed for happiness, but we now see there are some thresholds.”
In Australia, the current average full-time wage is $81K, which falls fairly short of the whopping $159K we’re all expected to reel in. However, it seems pretty arbitrary to slap a price tag on happiness and the study reported that people earning over the threshold actually had reduced happiness.
Ah well, clearly I need to hit a jackpot at the pokies in order to achieve full self-actualisation.
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