Getting a Library Card Feels As Good As a $2,300 Pay Raise?!?
While I like to read as much as the next guy, I just can’t say that this survey makes any sense: Getting a library card makes you feel happy? Ok, I’ll buy that. But it makes you feel as happy as getting a $2,000 pay raise? Sorry, I can’t quite buy into that one.
The study tested how much people’s happiness and sense of well-being increased with different pay raises and how much people’s happiness and sense of well-being increased doing different hobbies and activities.
And they found getting a library card makes you feel super happy. In fact, the happiness is the equivalent of getting a big pay raise.
The researchers found that getting a library card and using it increases a person’s well being the same amount as a $2,282 raise from work. That’s about a 5% raise if you’re making $45,000-a-year.
The study went on to say that going to the library even feels better than playing sports. Playing sports increases a person’s well-being as much as a $1,913 raise. Which I’m not buying, either.
Then again, I don’t have a current library card (don’t have a whole lot of need since my wife and I got Kindles), and outside of heading to the gym to hit the treadmill or heading out on my mountain bike, I don’t play many sports. Maybe they ARE on to something…