Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Spend Yourself Happy

From Gina Roberts-Grey

It turns out money can buy happiness. But there's a catch. You have to spend it on others. "We're significantly happier when spending prosocially" - on gifts or charity, says the University of British Columbia's Elizabeth Dunn, Ph. D., who led a survey of 600 Americans.

The difference was seen at all income levels and even when volunteers were given five bucks and a random assignment to spend it either on themselves or on others. Plus, says Dunn, the good feeling lasts six to eight weeks longer than that glow from your vacation.

Source: AARP October-November 2008

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