Happiness, money and relationships

Happiness, money and relationships

For Happiness, Seek Family, Not Fortune

Study Shows Family Relationships Bring Greater Happiness Than High Income

By Salynn Boyles

Money might buy happiness for some, but for most people having strong family ties is a much bigger predictor of contentment than income, a new study shows.

When researchers analyzed data tracking married people over a decade, they found that while income did contribute to happiness up to a point, the quality of family relationships was much more important.

The study is one of the first to examine the impact of economic and family changes over time.

“Much of the research on money and happiness has shown a strong association up to the point where basic needs are met, and that is what we found,” researcher Rebecca J. North tells WebMD. “But after this point income has a diminishing impact on happiness.”

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