An old cliché says time is money. A newer cliché, from Oliver Stone, says money never sleeps — which is essentially the same assessment as the older one. But why are we pretending there's a contest here? We like what money can buy, but virtually all the research on what makes people happy shows that time matters more than money — not only in the long term but also in the short term. Now a new study shows that time matters more than money even when you live below the poverty line.

  一句旧的陈词说时间就是金钱。而Oliver Stone所说的新的迂腐的话金钱永不眠——这本质上跟那句旧话评价一样。但是为什么我们总假装其中有争议呢?我们喜欢钱能买东西,但事实上,所有有关什么让人高兴的研究表明,时间比金钱更重要——不仅从长远而且从短期看来。如今一项新的研究表明即使你生活水平非常地下,时间也比金钱更重要。

  The new paper, which was published by the Association for Psychological Science and written by a young Wharton School instructor, Cassie Mogilner, begins by reminding us that older studies have found a weak relationship between wealth and happiness.

  由沃尔顿商学院一个年轻的教师Cassie Mogilner所写并发表在《心理科学协会》的新论文一开始提醒我们,以往的研究发现财富与幸福之间没有多大关系。

  Then Mogilner notes that although Europe consistently performs worse economically than the U.S., the E.U. consistently performs better in surveys on happiness.


  As Mogilner writes:


  "Work is necessary to pay the bill and contributes to an individual's sense of productivity and self-esteem, but the number of hours Americans spend working frequently exceeds that required to provide these benefits."


  Money is all about utility: it is survival. But time is about emotional investment. In psychological studies of why people donate to charity, the mere mention of money makes people less likely to help. If you ask people to donate time, they may not do it — but they don't become more stingy.


  Mogilner found that these same findings held among a population of 76 people who met the 2009 definition for poverty set by the federal government. Which is remarkable: if you qualify for the federal definition of poverty, you almost certainly worry about making sure your family can eat every day. But even then, most people time to be more valuable than money.


  One flaw in the study is that it may not consider the middle class: if you are very rich or very poor, money may be less valuable than when every bill just balances every month. Money, in that case, can be harmony: a perfect bill-balancing act. Time — well, that's what weekends are for.



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