Contentment: The Sense of Money Outperforms – Spectrum of Science

Whether you do volunteer work, are politically active, or take care of your grandchildren regularly: Those who consider their presence useful and feel that they serve a higher purpose through their actions are on average happier than people who still have meaning in their search for it. This is now shown by a wealth of psychological studies. As income increases, the relationship between meaning and satisfaction appears to be getting weaker and weaker, As reported now by a team led by Rhea Catapano of the University of Toronto. Accordingly, the poorest people in particular benefit from purposeful activities, while the rich are happy even without meaningful tasks.

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