A new study shows that people who inherit their money (or win it in the lottery) instead of working for it don?t get as much happiness from it.
Behavioral scientist Greg Berns compared the brain activity of people playing two types of computer games. In one, they had to work to get money, while in the other, they were rewarded without having to earn it. The brains of those who had to work for their cash were more stimulated. He says, “When you have to do things for your reward, it’s clearly more important to the brain?There’s substantial evidence that people who win the lottery are not happier a year after they win the lottery.”
Berns thinks our brains are wired this way, and says, “I don’t think it ever evolved to sit back and sit on the couch and have things fall in our laps.”
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