Relationships and Happiness

“If the relationship between money and well-being is complicated, the correspondence between personal relationships and happiness is not . . . According to one study, joining a group that meets even just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income.  According to another, being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year.  The overall impression from this research is that economic and professional success exists on the surface of life, and that they emerge out of interpersonal relationships, which are much deeper and more important.”  David Brooks, quoted in David Murray, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017), 161-62.

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