￡50,000-A-Year Can Buy You Happiness
Money can buy you happiness but only if you earn ￡50,000 a year-after that you really have to work for it, a study claims.
Earning less than that amount can make you miserable-but earning more does not greatly increase enjoyment of life, it was found.
研究称，如果挣不到5 万英镑人会感觉痛苦，但高于5 万英镑也不会大大增加幸福感。
Researchers found that life contentment only rose steadily with annual income up to level-$75,000, or just below ￡50,000.
研究者发现，当年收入在7.5 万美元（刚不及5 万英镑）以内时，生活的满意度会随着收入的增加而增加。
Once earnings soared above this the important things in life such as family and well-being made money much less significant.
The quality of the randomly-selected participants ’everyday experiences did not improve significantly beyond a salary of ￡48,960.98.
But as income dropped from that amount, respondents reported decreasing happiness and increasing sadness and stress, according to the findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The psychologists Prof Daniel Kahneman and Prof Angus Deaton explained people’s life evaluations rise steadily with income but the quality of emotional daily experiences levels-off once earnings reach a certain amount.
The data also suggested the emotional pain of unfortunate events or circumstances including disease, divorce and being alone are exacerbated by poverty.
The researchers said the study does not imply people’s lives will not improve after a raise in annual income from $100,000 to $150,000.But above a certain income people’s emotional well-being is held back by other more important issues.
研究者称，这并不意味着年收入从10 万美元涨至15 万美元时，人们的生活不会改善。只是说在收入达到某个临界值后，影响幸福感的就不再是钱，而是其他更重要的因素。
Prof Kahneman and Prof Deaton, of Princeton University, New Jersey, said: “The question of whether ‘money buys happiness’ comes up frequently in discussions of subjective well-being in both scholarly debates and casual conversation.“
More money does not necessarily buy more happiness, but less money is associated with emotional pain.“