Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Buying Happiness

Image via Pinterest

A recent study suggests that maybe you can buy happiness after all. I happened to stumble upon this article which links happiness to the type of things that people buy. The researchers found that people who spend their money on experiences, such as trips and concerts, tend to be happier than those who purchase material goods. The study found that extroverts and people who are more open to new experiences are those most likely to purchase experiences, and the researchers are now trying to further understand how personality can affect buying habits. I love buying experiences, especially vacations, because I enjoy all the memories that a great vacation can provide long after it is over, and my boyfriend and I often go to concerts and shows around town; but at the same time, I get extreme satisfaction from a pretty new dress or a great new pair of heels. Is it possible that both can bring you happiness? Also, I think the material purchases that mean the most to me are those for our apartment because they make the place I spend so much time in more comfortable, beautiful, and personalized. Are these types of purchases a different category altogether? All I know, is that after reading this article, I intend to budget more money for travel and less for other things, at least for the time being.

xx Molly

1 comment:

  1. Since I work with adults diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness I keep on the lookout for new materials to help them make positive changes in their lives. I noticed this very same summary of recently published research just this morning and printed it to share. I was pleased to see you give it even more exposure.