Scientists have found out whether winning the lottery makes a person happier

The Conversation discussed how winning large sums of money influences people.

Many of us wanted

would have won a large amount of money in the lottery. But how will this change our life? This was announced by Nattawood Poudthavi, professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Warwick.

Together with his colleagues, Poudthavi discovered that thosewhoever wins 500 pounds (about 50 thousand rubles) and more, with a high degree of probability, will become self-employed, will begin to be treated in private clinics. Also, such lucky ones are less adhering to the idea of ​​equal opportunities for all, they become more conservative.

At the same time, there are rather contradictoryresearch on human happiness when winning the lottery. So, the results of the analysis of data on the health of 16 thousand British winners (the average winnings are several thousand pounds) showed that wealth significantly influenced the mental health of people after two years, and it had a positive effect. At the same time, a recent study, which involved 223 people who won an average of 22,500 dollars (about 1.6 million rubles), did not find a significant connection between the state of happiness and the prize.

Also economists Eric Lindqvist, RobertOstling and David Cesarini conducted one of the largest studies to date on the impact on the emotional state of a person of very large wins - several hundred thousand dollars. In the course of the analysis, scientists studied data on the mental (mental) health of more than 2.5 thousand winners in the Swedish lottery with an average prize of 106 thousand dollars (7.5 million rubles). It turned out that for five or more years after the victory, their general satisfaction with life was higher than that of others (who won less or did not win at all).

At the same time, Nattawood Poudthavi emphasizes,that the parameter "life satisfaction" is a person's assessment of his own life. Beyond that, there is “felt well-being” associated with the positive emotions we experience on a daily basis. At the same time, it turned out that the mental health of the winners did not improve much after the win, and they did not experience more positive emotions every day.

Nobel laureates came to similar conclusionsDaniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton awards. They found that when winning more than 75 thousand dollars (5.3 million rubles), indicators of "estimated well-being" (life satisfaction, etc.) grow, but "perceived well-being" ("life well-being") does not. The second is happiness, mental health. Also, scientists did not find evidence that a $ 100 thousand (7.1 million rubles) win significantly increases people's satisfaction with their health, relationships, housing, the region and society as a whole.