I think we've all read the article that got passed around a while back saying that, essentially, if you make $75,000 or greater per year then an increase in salary does not increase your life satisfaction. This article breaks it down by state, since cost of living varies greatly: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/map-happiness-benchmark_n_5592194.html Sorry, I couldn't find a Canadian or European equivalent, but you get the picture. Focus: How much money would make you happy? What would be your threshold between, "This pays the bills," vs. "I am not doing that because it will make my life a living hell"? Alt Focus; If you didn't have to be concerned about salary - let's say the government paid everybody a living wage automatically - what would you do with your time?