Research into possible links between happiness and higher incomes has found that most people require massive pay hikes to become happier, while those with a cheery disposition are more likely to earn more money than their grumpy colleagues.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the Australian National University say their findings indicate the average individual out of the 7,500 studies would require an 800,000% increase in pay to gain just a slight degree of additional happiness.
Instead, those who are already happier are more likely to see their incomes rise.
Those in stable relationships are also more likely to be happier, and richer, although finding a partner should be easier if a person is already happy.
The researchers say the findings raise the question of why so many people try to gain happiness by working harder to earn more income.IFAonline
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