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Autonomy Makes Us Happy, And That’s No Joke

Autonomy is good for us.

The researchers in this recent study on the connection between autonomy vs. money in individuals’ well being were interested in the equation on a large scale. They want to figure out whether nations can improve the general sense of well being among their citizens by trying to increase wealth, or by trying to provide a way for people to have greater control over their lives. What they found was that as long people have enough money to meet basic needs, autonomy has:

…overall a larger and more consistent effect on well-being than money does. Money leads to autonomy… but it does not add to well-being or happiness.

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