If you want to be happier should you be a billionaire or be Amish?

Either one will do fine, really.

Via 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior:

As an illustration of the striking disconnect between money and happiness, the average life satisfaction of Forbes magazine’s 400 richest Americans was 5.8 on a 7-point scale (Diener, Horowitz, & Emmons, 1985). Yet the average life satisfaction of the Pennsylvania Amish is also 5.8 (Diener & Seligman, 2004), despite the fact that their average annual salary is several billion dollars lower.

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