How much money can social animals make to be happy?

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 How much money can social animals make to be happy?


Work hard and make money is the workplace slogan of contemporary social animals, because money can bring us more pleasant material enjoyment, make ourselves look bright, improve our social status and solve many problems. We can use money to buy happiness and improve life satisfaction. This is obvious.

Its true that making more and more money will make us happier, but this number has a ceiling, and it is not a high ceiling.

A survey of 450000 Americans by Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate in economics, and Angus Deaton, an economist at Princeton University, surveyed 450000 Americans: when a persons annual income is less than $75000 before tax, he is in a state of lack of happiness, and the lower his income, the less happy he is; and for the high-income people, no matter how much they earn more than $75000 Less, he can not get more happiness and happiness.

According to the OECDs assessment of the purchasing power between the US dollar and the RMB, the purchasing power of RMB 3.506 is equivalent to US $1, and the annual salary is US $75000. If converted into RMB according to the purchasing power, it is 260000 yuan before tax and the average monthly salary is 21000 yuan.

Of course, each countrys national conditions, welfare and subsistence policies are different, and the sense of security brought about by a monthly salary of 20000 yuan is not the same in each country. However, we can understand it simply and roughly that when you earn an annual salary of more than 260000 yuan, the happiness and satisfaction of life brought by salary will obviously slow down, and you will not be more happy because of making money.

A four-year follow-up study of 1979 dieters showed that compared with those who gained weight and remained unchanged within four years, those who lost weight successfully after four years were the most depressed and did not achieve the expected happiness.

The 13 year follow-up of 1597 successful cosmetic surgeons shows that the success of nose augmentation and breast augmentation has not made a person who was once depressed and had behavioral disorders become happier; the research shows that extreme changes in appearance even reduce peoples happiness and produce many psychological problems.

The answer is to bring happiness! But only two years

Working people toss about for a long time, pay rise, buy and buy, become beautiful, get true love cant let their happiness last longer. What are we trying to do?

If you dont have a cow spirit and have a mine at home, you can eat and die in the world of sightseeing and pleasure. Then you have to do something to show your life value. Adhering to the philosophy of returning dust to dust, returning soil to soil, and from where to go, the happiness of workplace people still needs to be sought in work.

My husband used to work in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a highly respected old professor in his professional field (receiving special state subsidies). After retirement, he rode a bicycle every day and went to the unit on time to help do experiments and guide students. He didnt get a cent. Everyone was very moved. He insisted on buying a gift for the old professor. In the end, he had no choice but to send a banner to express our love.

More or less, we will meet some professionals who do a good job only for the sake of fame and fortune. This is what Yale University researcher Amy Wrzesniewski calls mission oriented workers. According to their work orientation, all employees can be divided into three categories: employment orientation, career orientation and mission orientation

Job orientation people think that work is just a way to make money. They go to work on time, punch in after work, finish their work step by step, and then get their salary when they are due. They are not willing to pay more for their work, and of course they have no sense of achievement or pride in their work.

Slightly better workers will work hard for promotion and pay rise, and they also hope to be appreciated by the leaders and do their work as well as possible. They have a sense of achievement. They belong to the career orientation people who regard work as a way to win respect, status, money and other better living conditions, but thats all. These materials - titles, larger offices, etc It is their motivation to do a good job, not the results of their work. Once external incentives disappear, they will not fight for it.

The most powerful is the old professors calling orientation. They really feel that their work is important and meaningful to others and society, so they are willing to contribute to it. The focus of their work is not on salary and title.

Its not only the high-end jobs like old professors and old experts that career people with mission orientation will appear. Amy Wrzesniewski points out that nearly one-third of any profession - kindergarten teachers, drivers, cleaners, judges, financial analysts, etc. - are mission oriented workers.

Miraculously, among the three types of people, the workers with mission orientation are the least concerned about paying and the least valuing material rewards, but the happiness and material rewards they get in work are often higher than those in employment orientation and occupation orientation.

Researchers have collected a number of Freshmens survey data on happiness index. When these people enter middle age, they reevaluate. After excluding the influence factors such as career differences and parents income, they found that the students who rated themselves unhappy as freshmen earned 50000 US dollars a year, while the happiest students made 65000 US dollars a year - the difference was as high as 30%.

In fact, the truth is simple: the more you put into a job, the higher your achievements and satisfaction, the happier you will be; and the happier you are, the easier it will be to get involved, so you will get more opportunities for promotion and pay rise. Into a virtuous circle.

Will become their own work designers, will do some extra work, take the initiative to find a more efficient way to complete the work, will take the initiative to make small adjustments in their own work environment, will try to work with some meaningful things

For example, Tokyos Haneda airport, which has been rated as the cleanest airport in the world for many years in a row, was created by a cleaner named ChunZi Xinjin. Xinjinchunzi is undoubtedly a professional with mission orientation, and has developed the above two points to the extreme.

She will squat on the ground with bright light to observe whether there is dust on the floor; when cleaning the toilet, in addition to cleaning the surface, she will take a small mirror to check whether there is dirt on the inside; she will use her own small brush to clean the drain of the pool which is difficult to clean; she will consider the harm of detergent to children and make improvement; she will memorize the usage of more than 80 kinds of cleaning agents, and you will know by looking at the stains This cleaner can be used to clean the surface of the appliance without damaging it.

She is the leader of more than 500 person sweeper team at Haneda airport, has published four books on cleaning skills, made a speech on cleaning skills in Japan, made a documentary for her by NHK, and wrote a feature story for her by BBC.

Will this job really make you happy

Think about the contribution of your job to others and society.

Does this job have a certain degree of freedom and is not completely obedient to others.

Is the working environment and atmosphere pleasant most of the time

In the book the how of happiness, there is a study mentioned: whether a person is more likely to be happier or not, genes account for 50%. In addition, the impact of living environment and encounters (such as car accidents, widows, job losses, winning lottery tickets and other major life events) accounts for 10%, while the other 40% depends on our personal thoughts and behaviors.

Although happiness is short-lived and not easy to obtain, we still have 40% operation space for us. Lets toss about in this 40% space and make ourselves a happy social animal.

Of course, we should first strive to reach the happiness baseline of 260000 yuan a year, otherwise this happiness is a little fragile.

Reference: coursera: the science of well being, author: ed Dina / Robert Dina, press: China Renmin University Press

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