Money can buy some kinds of happiness, but in some ways poor people are happier. A new study published Monday looks at different types of happiness and how social class might affect them. The survey of over 15-hundred U.S. adults from diverse backgrounds showed that wealthy people experience more contentment, pride and amusement than those with less money. Poor people, however, report a greater amount of love, compassion and awe of the world around them.
The study's lead author says people who make more money are more likely to derive happiness from their own accomplishments, while people with lower incomes appear to form stronger bonds with others to help cope with their circumstances.