A recent study found that most people feel happiest when they're making more money than their friends. Because wealth is relative - you can't feel rich unless someone else is making less. You have something to compare it to, right? But Dr. Glenn Firebaugh, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, says striving to have the biggest paycheck is going to leave you feeling drained! Why? Well, everyone's income rises naturally through their working lives because of their years of experience in the field. But, there will always be times when your friends are making more money than you. Maybe they started their job before you did, or you decided to make a career change and had to start at the bottom of the totem pole again. Those types of things affect pay.
So what's the solution? Dr. Firebaugh says you should stop worrying about who makes the most money, and concentrate on enjoying your own success, no matter how much you earn.
You should also find a way to feel successful that has nothing to do with money. Focus on being happy about things outside of work like your good health and great family life. Money can buy you a big screen TV, but it can't buy you happiness. But good health and great friends are the bedrock of life-long happiness.