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Happiness has its price
Money can buy happiness, starting at 50 grand a year — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures
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$50,000
Annual income at which Americans start seeing a dramatic increase in happiness with their lives, friendships, health, and leisure time

$41,674
Average annual income for an American in 2010

44
Percentage of Americans who earn $50,000 or more a year

Sources: LearnVest, Social Security Admin.

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