The bright and shiny feeling of a new section on the blog. It’s a bit awe inspiring really, so how do I start?
Well, if I’m analyzing and trying to plan my career growth, I need to start by figuring out the connection between happiness and the money you earn. While I don’t want to quit my job, I want to plan where it will go, and one thing I want in the future is higher earnings.
The link between Money and Happiness
There’s been a number thrown about in the media recently as the magic earnings amount to maximize happiness. That’s an interesting statement, but not a 100% complete one. An article from Psychology Today explains things a bit more clearly. It basically says that as you make more money, you get happier and less stressed. However, when you hit a certain income level, specifically about $75,000, that increase in happiness and decrease in stress seems to disappear.
So, what am I looking for in a career?
Well, without going into any details, I make less than $75,000. While everyone says you should choose a career for love and not money, I’m an optimist and I think I can have both.
Now, I do recognize that there are ways other than a career to earn money, but for most people work is either the only source of income for them or at least a primary source of it. So, I’d definitely like to establish my career plan in a way that leads to higher income.
This study definitely connects money and happiness (as related to careers) in more than just the standard ways. However, even if we look beyond the money aspect, work is where you spend a big chunk of your life, so if you can make it a happy time then it’s all the better!