Person holding smiley face sign Pay is important but not the end-all: compensation, flexible hours, and “doing meaningful work” are the top contributing factors to happiness. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Beatles were right, money can’t buy love, and, it seems, happiness. According to a survey released by Wrike, “From Positivity to Productivity: Exposing the Truth Behind Workplace Happiness,” more than 50 percent of workers in the U.S. prefer having a happy environment over pay.

The survey that included 1,000 workers each in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany revealed 58 percent of U.S. and 54 percent of U.K. workers have taken a pay cut to accept a job that made them happier. Four in 10 respondents globally reported taking a pay cut to accept a position that made them happier.

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