Beyond Material Aspects

These are the most important insights of modern happiness research: People with higher income are happier, but this effect becomes weaker and weaker as income rises

Bruno S. Frey

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • These are the most important insights of modern happiness research: People with higher income are happier, but this effect becomes weaker and weaker as income rises
  • Several insights of happiness research are inconsistent with human beings being rational and egotistic: Unemployed people are much less satisfied with their lives even though they have more leisure time
  • People who care for others by donating money and engaging in voluntary work are happier
  • Human well-being is no longer intimately connected with the provision of material goods
  • Material aspects are not to be neglected, but self-determined work is of crucial importance for happiness

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