No matter how accomplished you are at work, don't you sometimes feel like there's something missing? Sure, a high salary can afford you material wealth, but spending it all on yourself doesn't always feel so satisfying. Maybe it's because you don't have someone to share it with?
According to a new study by the London School of Economics, having a special someone in your life leads to more happiness than just simply getting a raise.
In the study, researchers from the LSE surveyed 200,000 individuals from all over the world in order to find out what factors contributed to their well-being.
On a scale of 0-10, the results showed that doubling the income of a person raised their happiness by 0.2 points, while having a partner increased their happiness scale by 0.6 points.
Having a salary increase scored lower due to the fact that individuals only care about their income when compared to another person's.
In contrast, having a romantic relationship can bring about more happiness, especially since it's easier to compare your relationship to that of those who don't actually have a love life.
"The evidence shows that the things that matter most for our happiness and for our misery are our social relationships and our mental and physical health," says Richard Layard, co-author of the report.
“Happiness is hugely affected by the ethos of a society, which affects everyone in it," he adds.