In the poorest regions of the world, where people make, on average, $500 a year, per capita, there is no country where people’s average life expectancy is higher than 64. Whereas in the richest regions, where people make, on average, $50,000 a year, per capita, there is no country where average life expectancy is lower than 74.
At Aeon, psychology professor Roy Baumeister talks through the differences of living a happy life and living a meaningful life, which doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand. Does money bring happiness to a life? Yes. Does money bring meaning to a life? No, but it can help. As we like to say here, money isn’t the goal, life is—money just helps you figure out how to live the life you want to live.