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Because the survey data spanned five decades, from 1972 to 2016, we were also able to see if the link between money and happiness changed over the years.
That’s where things got interesting: Today, money and happiness are more strongly related than they were in the past.
It seems money buys more happiness than it used to.
A striking class divideWe decided to look at happiness trends through the lens of class, specifically via income and education.
The happiness of Black Americans with more education and income increased from the 1970s to the 2010s, while the happiness of those with less education and income stayed steady.

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