The Thinner Your Wallet, the Bigger Your Sense of Awe

“What seems to be the case is that your wealth predisposes you to different kinds of happiness,” lead author Paul Piff, a psychologist at the University of California–Irvine, said in announcing the results. He reports wealthier people find joy “in their accomplishments, status, and individual achievements,” while the less-well-off find it “in their relationships — their ability to care for and connect with others.” Reflecting that difference, a large national survey finds poorer people are more likely to report they regularly experience compassion, love, and awe.

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