You're not spending your money in the right place if you don't think it can buy happiness. Sure buying cars and "stuff" won't make you happy, but buying experiences will. A flight to New Zealand costs around $2k. Let me see you buy that ticket plus hotels for a month long stay in New Zealand on your "happy" $60k. Good luck....30 days off work will cost a $120k per year salary worker $10,000 in time off, that's before you start calculating the cost of travel and the experiences in New Zealand. So $120 is instantly $110k a year. I'm going to lean on $145,000 with mild responsibilities and a flexible work schedule with a good amount of time off being the magic number. Anything less, makes you count your pennies when you're traveling. But please....keep working for $60k and we'll compare most interesting man in the world stories in 10 years and see who has scene more, done more, and is happier.