Wealthy people may be happier. But a new study finds that money can’t buy a sense of purpose. Researchers found a link between money, meaning, and happiness across more than 120 countries. “Humans think happiness is this one thing: You’re either happy or you’re not,” Jennifer Aaker says.

Of course, it’s not so simple: New research conducted by Aaker and her colleagues not only challenges the assumption that happiness is binary but also finds that the relationship between happiness and our sense of meaning can change depending on our financial situation.

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