In 1957, a research project was launched in the United States, in which a large number of people were asked whether they were happy with what they had in life. Approximately one third answered affirmatively. In 1992 the study was repeated and the percentage of affirmative answers was the same, despite the fact that the standard of living has significantly increased. Vital prosperity grows - happiness does not change.
American scientists tried to answer the question: "How much money is needed for happiness?" It turns out that happiness comes when you earn from 6000 dollars a month. This amount, according to researchers, is needed by a person to survive difficulties, and is able to guarantee the solution of priority life problems. Russians, according to the same researchers, need for happiness much less - about 1500 dollars a month.
At the same time, the average monthly accrued wages of Russians, according to the estimates of RosStat, fluctuate about 20 thousand rubles. Half the population of Russia lives with income not exceeding 220$ per person per month. Of this half, most live on the brink of a living wage.
But more detailed surveys, conducted by the National Statistical Office of Great Britain, showed: money raises the level of happiness and reduces the level of anxiety rights. But not any money and not always, but only some and under certain conditions. Namely: the most powerful influence on happiness is provided by the money that a person can quickly dispose of. For example, it’s cash or a bank account. In addition to this, the satisfaction with life is strongly influenced by regular income. But promising assets, for example, pension savings, do not have almost no impact on the level of happiness. Simply put, the happiest person is making money by themselves.
In support of this: physical assets, for example, the availability of real estate, at least foreign, to the level of happiness practically do not affect. But the property surrounding the person, the level of happiness increases. Furniture, gadgets, art objects, cars and other status environment - yes, it pleases people, it fortunately contributes.
Here, in the cash register: according to yet another study, the best remedy for depression for modern women is not psychotherapy, but shopping...
Even more interesting data: accidentally "fallen" on a person big money is not a source of happiness.
Psychologists Smith and Razzell conducted a survey among the British, who won a large sum in the football betting. 70% of the "lucky ones" left their former work, moved to live in a more prestigious district, as a result of which their neighbours and workmates lost their homes, and the new neighbors in most cases negatively perceived the "nouveaux riches". In addition, most of the respondents noted that after the win they had a discord in the family. As for the joy of big money and the opportunity to buy expensive things, it disappears very quickly.
Of course, and the lack of money does not prohibit being happy - those who are disposed to it, who are inclined to a positive worldview. Teaching yourself to live happily is a worthy task, but it requires strength and money... There is an argument if money is directed not only to shopping but also to change oneself, to change one’s values and one’s attitude towards people and life, money is definitely will help to be happy!