Narrator: This is Science Today. Most people would agree that, up to point, money brings happiness. But researcher Ariel Malka of the University of California, Berkeley's Institute for Personality and Social Research has found that once enough money has been earned to meet the basic needs, money in relation to happiness is a very personal equation.
Malka: Not surprisingly, we found that for those who were very high on the extrinsic orientation-that is, if you worked as a means of attaining money-money did have a stronger positive effect on well being. However, for those high in intrinsic orientation, those making more money were actually less happy than those making relatively little money.
Narrator: Malka says that working a high paying job may actually cause you to question why you're doing it and shake your delicate sense of enjoyment of the job.
Malka: So that is, if you're the type of person who back in the day said that, sure, I value work for intellectual fulfillment reasons, for the challenge that it offers, for the opportunity for self expression, and then you end up choosing a job on the basis of income, your well-being is likely to take a more serious hit.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.