Can money buy happiness? Or does mo money mean mo problems? Researchers at Purdue University say money can definitely help: “income can correlate with emotional well-being and life satisfaction.”

The Purdue study found $105,000 was the individual income that led to ideal life satisfaction in America. GOBankingRates used that number and each state's cost-of-living to calculate how much residents in each state needed to be happy. Below you’ll see the minimum salary you need to make to be happy in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

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To understand this study, you need to understand how “life satisfaction” or happiness is defined.

According to this article published by the National Academy of Sciences, there are two elements in happiness: 1) Emotional well-being, “the emotional quality of an individual's everyday experience—the frequency and intensity of experiences of joy, stress, sadness, anger, and affection that make one's life pleasant or unpleasant.” And, 2) Life evaluation which is “the thoughts that people have about their life when they think about it.”


 Minnesota: Minimum salary needed to be happy: $106,260


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Iowa: Minimum salary needed to be happy: $95,655


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Wisconsin: Minimum salary needed to be happy: $101,850

It’s important to remember that emotional well-being and life evaluation are factored into those huge salaries. The research shows that a person’s emotional well-being peaks with an annual salary of $75,000.

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