Donald Trump doesn’t have the most flattering relationship history, having been married three times to different successful women.
He certainly isn’t the only wealthy celebrity to bounce from relationship to relationship, though. It turns out money could have a lot to do with it.
How much do you have to make to be considered ‘wealthy’?
The average upper-class household brings in about $118,000 annually depending on where they live. Even with this kind of income, it takes awhile to go from “rich” to “wealthy.”
On average, a net worth of over $2 million sets people in the U.S. apart when it comes to finances and social class. However, only about 10 percent of Americans are worth $1 million or more — one of many reasons they often stand out.
What are the qualities of financially successful people?
One of the most notable characteristics of the wealthy is that, in general, they spend their money wisely. They make smart decisions based on how those decisions will benefit them or their endeavors in the future.
Financially successful people also tend to spend time with other financially successful people. Unfortunately, this might boost their career or monetary gains — but it could also endanger their interpersonal lives.
Can money buy happiness?
Wealthier people often earn themselves into isolation, feeling they can afford to keep their distance from colleagues and peers. Unfortunately, this can lead to higher rates of unhappiness in multiple areas of their lives.
For the population as a whole, one of the things that makes people happier across social classes is spending time with other people. Your relationships with the people you associate yourself with also matter, which could be one reason why so many wealthier individuals struggle to stay smiling.
Are wealthier people more narcissistic?
Some past research has suggested that people of higher social class exhibit higher rates of entitlement and narcissism.
A narcissist constantly blames others, demands praise for their accomplishments, and clashes with authority figures. They tend to think about themselves above all others, which can make maintaining relationships a nightmare — even though they’re probably good at creating them.
People who are good with money aren’t great with relationships
A 2017 study suggested that people of higher social class fared worse in terms of interpersonal relationships than those of lower class. This seemed true especially when it came to handling conflict and other negative situations.
The study’s authors predicted that those who tended to make wise financial or career decisions weren’t necessarily capable of applying those good decision-making skills to their relationships with friends, family members, or co-workers.
Why is the opposite often true?
Upper-class Americans tend to think and behave differently than those of middle and lower classes. When it comes to relationships — whether they’re romantic or not — successful people are much more likely to make connections for personal or professional gain.
When you’re not relying on others to get or stay rich, you’re probably using your relationships for the sake of companionship, comfort, and emotional well-being. In some cases, this probably means your interpersonal connections are much more likely to last.
When it comes to relationships, you can do better
All relationships have their ups and downs. When it comes to romance, a willingness to grow and a mix of selfish and selfless behaviors make up just a few of the many ingredients that birth successful relationships.
But the same things can be applied to the people you work with, or the friends you keep. Money won’t stand by you in a crisis, but those who love you always will.
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