03 May Proof that life experiences, not things, make you happier
Check out this great summary of research reinforcing what most of us really know, that happiness comes more from life experiences that it does from money or "stuff"…
from the Huffington Post
If you're wondering whether to use your tax refund to buy that new expensive bag or go on vacation, a new study suggests your best bet may be the latter.
Researchers from San Francisco State University found that people generally know life experiences will make them happier, but they still choose to spend their money on material items because they think they're of greater value.
"We naturally associate economic value with stuff. I bought this car, it's worth $8,000," study researcher Ryan Howell, associate professor of psychology at the university, said in a statement. "We have a hard time estimating the economic value we would place on our memories."
For one of the experiments in the study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, researchers surveyed study participants before and after they bought something…
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