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  • Can money buy happiness? Gallup poll asks, and the world answers

    Life satisfaction and enjoyment of life are two components of happiness. Life satisfaction is more closely associated with income, while positive feelings also depend on other factors, such as feeling respected and connected to others, researchers report.

    Life satisfaction and enjoyment of life are two components of happiness. Life satisfaction is more closely associated with income, while positive feelings also depend on other factors, such as feeling respected and connected to others, researchers report.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Ed Diener, e-mail: ediener@cyrus.psych.uiuc.edu. The paper, “Wealth and Happiness Across the World: Material Prosperity Predicts Life Evaluation, Whereas Psychosocial Prosperity Predicts Positive Feeling,” is available from the U. of I. News Bureau.