Happiness in spite of poverty

Overall happiness and income are very closely tied, especially at lower income levels. But a recent, large study revealed low-income exceptions to the rule.

One of the most robust findings in happiness research is the link between income, wealth, and life satisfaction. The more money someone has, the more satisfied they tend to be. The richer a country, the happier its citizens. But as scientists are now learning, some buck this broad trend. People — often indigenous — who live in small, isolated communities tend to be as satisfied with their lives as people living in the wealthiest countries. Finding out why could benefit us all.

Poor and happy: The societies that defy life satisfaction trends - Big Think


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Written by

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller

Provo, UT