Prof. Sara Langford on money and happiness (

Sara Langford, associate professor of psychology, weighs in on whether money can buy happiness. “It is not that money buys happiness per se, but poverty can put a large down payment on misery,” she says. “No doubt having the financial means to meet your basic needs, as well as a few wants, can lead to greater happiness. If your finances pay the bills and allow you to enjoy activities that bring you joy, that will absolutely increase happiness.” 

This article was originally published by on Feb. 28, 2023.