A Gallup survey of nearly 137,000 people in 132 countries has found that money does buy you happiness when you evaluate your life in comparison with others, but that “feeling respected, being in control of your life and having friends and family to rely on in a pinch” are even stronger indicators of happiness. The study represents 96% of the world’s population. What University of N. Carolina psychology professor Barbara Fredrickson finds exciting about its results is that “money can make you feel better in a limited way. But positive feelings like enjoyment and laughing can do a whole lot more for people. They can help people grow and learn and become a more resilient, better version of yourself.”
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