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Monday, February 19, 2018

It is scientifically proven that happiness does not depend on the salary

A study conducted in the UK and Germany showed that between the salary man and his level of life satisfaction does not exist a fundamental connection. In any case, increasing the level of income does not make a person happier.

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British experts from the University of Stirling and University of Nottingham for nine years, watched the volunteers, of which 105 thousand were residents of the UK, and almost 34 thousand lived in Germany. From time to time study participants filled out various questionnaires on which scientists can judge the degree of people’s satisfaction with life, and also about the different features of their psychology, reports sciencedaily.com.

As it turned out, wage increases almost never influenced the extent to which people are happy with your own life, and it is not too dependent on this person. Apparently, the new salary very quickly started to be perceived by the people for granted and ceased to be a cause for celebration, therefore the “level of happiness” of the person was returning to normal.

However, if higher incomes are not too affected the life satisfaction of study participants, his demotion was, for many, one of the most important prerequisites for reducing the satisfaction. As experts explain, we are talking about cases where the salary was reduced in people who consider themselves responsible and diligent. On a scale, with which the scientists measured the joy of life of research participants, self-esteem and the mood of the people in charge of the decrease in income was influenced in two and a half times more than the rest.

Analyzing the results of his research, the experts suggest that in developed countries, people mostly put the stability of the revenue above its value in absolute terms. That is why the salary increase for many, is not a reason to become happy, while the decrease in the level of happiness may be affected.

Their study, the researchers reported in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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