buy happiness http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4490/all en-US Best Money Tips: How to Buy Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_smile_000080935059.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to buy happiness" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found helpful articles on tips and tricks for buying happiness, places that pay you to live there, and trash that you can actually sell.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/04/tips-tricks-buying-happiness.html">Tips and Tricks for Buying Happiness</a> &mdash; Spend money on things you love doing &mdash; but be selective! Do lots of research to make sure it's a good purchase. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savingfreak.com/8-places-that-will-pay-you-to-live-there/">9 Places That Pay You to Live There</a> &mdash; Residents who have lived in Alaska for at least one full year can receive a rebate averaging $1,200 a year. [SavingFreak.com]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/cash-for-junk/">Cash for Junk: 18 &ldquo;Trash&rdquo; You Don&rsquo;t Want to Throw Away</a> &mdash; Old magazines, especially back issues of niche topics like fashion or crafts, are fairly sought after. eBay is a good place to sell them. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Travel-Dog-40301746">6 Tips That Will Make Traveling With Your Dog So Much Easier</a> &mdash; Watch this video for tips to make traveling with your dog easy as pie, wherever you go! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/04/5-little-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-productive/">5 Little Things You Can Do to Be More Productive</a> &mdash; Review your to-do list before you begin working. This way, you'll know what the day will look like and be able to prioritize tasks accordingly. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.robertjacobs.org/2016/04/11/7-ways-to-beat-financial-stress/">7 Ways to Beat Financial Stress</a> &mdash; If you're already stressed about your finances, stop borrowing money. You're only shooting yourself in the foot when you increase your debt. [Everyday Financial Strategies]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.equifax.com/family-money/test-out-the-30-day-delay-limit-impulse-purchases/">Test Out the 30-Day Delay: Limit Impulse Purchases</a> &mdash; When you're tempted to buy something on impulse, give yourself 30 days to revisit the item. If you still want it, buy it&hellip;but odds are, you've reconsidered over the course of the month. [Equifax]</p> <p><a href="http://www.currentoncurrency.com/save-money-dental-care/">How to Save Money on Dental Care</a> &mdash; Many many community health centers offer dental programs for seniors and low-income families. Do some research and see if you qualify for a program in your area. [Current on Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/10-point-check-list-for-a-good-life/">10 Point Check List For A Good Life</a> &mdash; Having a good life means you make time for others &mdash; and for yourself. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-make-time-for-hobbies-as-a-busy-parent">How to Make Time for Hobbies as a Busy Parent</a> &mdash; Is your hobby something that the entire family can enjoy? [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-buy-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-long-these-6-appliances-should-last">This Is How Long These 6 Appliances Should Last</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-big-of-a-house-do-you-really-need">How Big of a House Do You Really Need?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips buy happiness Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:01:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1689968 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_women.jpg" alt="Happy women" title="Happy women" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="134" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A study in the <a href="http://dunn.psych.ubc.ca/files/2011/04/Journal-of-consumer-psychology.pdf">Journal of Consumer Psychology</a> (PDF) looked into the age-old question, &quot;Can money buy happiness?&quot; Their answer was a resounding yes. In fact, they concluded that &quot;If money doesn't make you happy, then you probably aren't spending it right.&quot;</p> <p>Their assertion is that the vast majority of us are making incorrect predictions about how money will make us happy, so we spend it in ways that we think will make us happy, but they don't. However, if we follow certain principles of spending, money indeed will make us very happy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-money-really-buy-happiness">Does Money Really Buy Happiness?</a>)</p> <h3>1. Buy Experiences Instead of Things</h3> <p>Researchers found that people reported greater happiness when reflecting on an experience purchase rather than a material purchase. The reason is because we adapt to things very quickly. Buying a new and shiny toy brings us some happiness at the moment, but after a day or two, it becomes an everyday item that we use. In contrast, an experience takes us out of our everyday and leaves a lasting impression. Imagine a safari adventure or surfing in Hawaii for the first time. You will remember it more fondly when looking back than you would a purchase of a thing, no matter how shiny it was.</p> <h3>2. Spend Money on Other People</h3> <p>We are profoundly social, and the quality of our relationships is a strong indicator of our happiness. People who spent more in &quot;prosocial spending&quot; (gifts for others or charity donations) were happier, even after controlling for income levels. Subjects felt happier when they reflected on a time when they had spent money on others versus a time they had spent on themselves. Using MRI scans, researchers showed that giving money away (even when being forced to do so) led to activation in brain areas associated with receiving rewards.</p> <h3>3. Buy a Few Small Things Rather Than One Big Thing</h3> <p>We adapt so well to the stuff we buy that making even a big material purchase does not have long-lasting effects. But that also means that the difference in happiness between a big purchase and a small one is minimal, and we could have multiple pleasures at the cost of one. We don't need a lot of money to buy the one big thing when we can afford smaller, more frequent mini-things. The amount of money spent on the purchase affects us less than just the enjoyment of having something new.</p> <h3>4. Don't Buy Warranties for Emotional Protection</h3> <p>The researchers are coming from the point of view that consumers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-extended-warranties-ever-a-good-deal">buy warranties</a> as a safeguard again <em>emotional</em> loss. People tend to predict that they won't cope very well in a bad event (even though they're wrong &mdash; we're more resilient than we think). &quot;The prospect of loss is highly aversive to people, who expect the pain of losing $5 to exceed the pleasure of gaining $5. This is not true.&quot; Even though the warranties offered by retailers and manufacturers are generally known to be bad deals for consumers, they're still purchased by people who believe that the warranties will make them happier if something does happen to their items, and they're able to avoid the loss. In reality, even if something does happen, it really doesn't make the person happier or less sad than if she didn't have the warranty at all.</p> <h3>5. Delay Consumption</h3> <p>People generally feel happiness when they anticipate an event. The person who buys a cupcake and eats it right away experiences less joy than the person who takes it home with anticipation to eat the cupcake at a later time. The difference is the extra happiness she gets during the ride home. Even though we are so used to instant gratification and desire it, we still very much enjoy looking forward to something in the future. We think it'll make us happier to get the satisfaction right now, but in reality we're perfectly happy while eagerly awaiting something.</p> <h3>6. Focus on the Day-to-Day Impact</h3> <p>Many people have big dreams, like buying a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mcmansion-to-mccottage-why-smaller-houses-are-smarter">McMansion</a> or a boat so they can sail off for months at a time. We imagine having a cottage in the woods where we can get away every weekend or retiring at 35. When we daydream about fulfilling these goals, we see a big &mdash; but fuzzy &mdash; picture. We forget that a very large house requires more time to keep clean or that we get seasick. We don't think about bringing home mosquito bites and bed bugs from the cottage or that retiring at 35 is actually pretty boring. Remember to think about the day-to-day impact of what you want to purchase. In this case, it really is about the details and not the big picture.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">25 Thoughtful and Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-buy-one-get-one-free-is-usually-a-bad-deal">Why &quot;Buy One Get One Free&quot; Is Usually A Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Lifestyle Shopping buy happiness happiness money Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:36:19 +0000 Lynn Truong 765918 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-money-can-buy-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-money-can-buy-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy.jpg" alt="Happy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="161" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I think we can agree that the pursuit of money won&rsquo;t make you happier. However, in my experience, if it&rsquo;s spent the right way, money <em>can</em> help you enhance the things in life that do make you happy. Here are five things I&rsquo;ve spent money on that could help raise your happiness index.</p> <h2>Saving Time</h2> <p>One of my favorite things about our modern economy is how specialization means you can find an expert to help you out with almost any problem you run into. As you can probably tell from my <a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/angies-list-review/">Angie's List review</a>, I&rsquo;m a big fan of the service and have used it to hire contractors for many big jobs around the house.</p> <p>If you can pay someone to do a job in a few hours that would have taken you most of the weekend, that&rsquo;s money well spent in my book. Of course, you have to balance the costs against the time saved and what you do with your re-claimed time.</p> <p>In my case, I&rsquo;m not particularly great with home improvement or maintenance work, so the time and money I save by <a href="../../../../../when-it-pays-to-call-in-the-experts">hiring an expert</a> more than pays for the expert's fee. I typically spend my re-claimed time hanging out with my kids, then working on my online business once they&rsquo;re in bed. To me, that&rsquo;s a better life investment.</p> <h2>Saving Money</h2> <p>If you can spend money in order to save money within a reasonable payback time, then you&rsquo;ll come out ahead.</p> <p>So how can saving money make you happier in life?&nbsp;One good example is <a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/mortgage-refinancing-mistakes/">refinancing your mortgage</a>. You&rsquo;ll have to pay hundreds or even thousands in fees and closing costs, but refinancing can free up tens of thousands of dollars that would have been spent in <a href="../../../../../diy-mortgage-acceleration">mortgage interest</a> over the next 15-30 years. The money you save in interest can be used to go on vacation, help send your kids to college, retire early, or spent on whatever you&rsquo;re passionate about in life.</p> <h2>Making Money</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve spent a lot of money over the years learning how to improve my investments, career, and business.</p> <p>On the low end of the price spectrum, you can pick up a lot of great actionable information simply from reading books. If you&rsquo;re willing to spend a little more, you can buy courses or tools to help you learn or give you an edge. On the high end, you can get personalized assistance by hiring a coach or going back to school.</p> <p>If you can learn to <a href="../../../../../making-extra-cash">make money</a> more effectively and/or more efficiently, then you can reduce the number of total hours you spend focused on money and use that time doing other things you enjoy.</p> <h2>Providing Protection</h2> <p>I definitely don&rsquo;t enjoy paying for insurance, but having coverage to protect my family against the <a href="../../../../../universal-life-insurance-and-whole-life-insurance-a-comparison">financial challenges of catastrophic events</a> can certainly help me sleep better at night.&nbsp;I&rsquo;m not using that as a figure of speech either. I&rsquo;ve experienced first-hand how the strain of worrying can have an impact on your health, your relationships, and your ability to sleep.</p> <p>There are, unfortunately, plenty of opportunities to spend more than you really need to on insurance, so shop carefully. Having at least a minimal level of coverage to guard against the worst case can give you the security you need not to worry.</p> <p>Insurance is the most obvious example of providing protection, but it can also be something simpler like buying your teenager a cell phone so they can call you in an emergency.</p> <h2>Making Informed Decisions</h2> <p>Big decisions make us uncomfortable before we make them, when we make them, and after they're made. Not only do they stress us out while we're trying to decide what to do, but we also have to live with the results of our decisions.</p> <p>Some decisions have larger consequences than others (for example, remodeling your house versus <a href="../../../../../the-10-step-staircase-to-a-comfortable-retirement">planning your retirement</a>). But all big decisions have one thing in common: risk.</p> <p>The risk of picking the wrong paint and carpet when you remodel your house is that it could end up looking terrible. The risk of planning your retirement yourself is that you may put yourself in unnecessary financial risk, pay more taxes than necessary, or overlook opportunities.</p> <p>The scope of both risks is different, but they each have associated costs. The cost of bad decorating is you can either pay to have it redone, or decide to live with it and worry about it someday when you sell your house. The cost of poor retirement planning is that you have less money when you reach retirement age.</p> <p>My wife and I paid money to help reduce our risk when we made both of these decisions. The $50 we paid the interior decorator to give us feedback on our home remodeling was much cheaper than paying to have the paint/carpet redone, and the few hundred we paid a financial planner to review our retirement investments right after we got married was more than paid for by the long-term impact of the advice she gave us on tax issues and diversifying.</p> <p>How does this make us happy? In terms of remodeling, we're very pleased with the way it turned out. We didn't have to pay money to re-paint the house, and I don't have to console my wife about the ugly carpet for the next 10 years. And even though our nest egg takes a hit when the market stumbles, our diversification definitely helps to cushion the fall and makes us feel secure we&rsquo;ll have the money when we're ready to retire someday.</p> <h2>What's Your Take?<strong><br /> </strong></h2> <p>Can you think of any other ways that spending money can help make you happier? Or do you think you can't &quot;buy happiness&quot; and that the pursuit of money is the root of all evil?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ben-edwards">Ben Edwards</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-money-can-buy-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-money-really-can-buy-happiness">6 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-have-a-clean-place-without-cleaning">11 Ways to Have a Clean Place Without Cleaning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hold-off-on-heating-with-these-10-warming-ways-0">Hold Off On Heating with These 10 Warming Ways</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips buy happiness make decisions save time Sat, 30 Oct 2010 17:00:09 +0000 Ben Edwards 273705 at http://www.wisebread.com Does Money Really Buy Happiness? http://www.wisebread.com/does-money-really-buy-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/does-money-really-buy-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5995931210_52b4f623b2_z.jpg" alt="smiling women" title="smiling women" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of,&quot; the novelist Jane Austen once said. And, as it turns out, Austen may have been right &mdash; to an extent. A recent <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6873PB20100908">study</a> (via <a href="http://www.reuters.com/">Reuters</a>) indicates that increasing one's income up to about $75,000 per year lessens life's stresses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-money-can-buy-happiness" title="5 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness">5 Ways Money&nbsp;Can Buy Happiness</a>)</p> <p>In other words, more money up until that point allows one to buy things that increase emotional well-being. For example, if I increase my salary from $35,000 to $75,000 per year, I would be able to save for retirement, afford my medical prescriptions without a great deal of stress, and hire a cleaning lady so I could spend more time with my children. (This is all theoretical, of course. I have no children, so no great need for a cleaning lady &mdash; yet!)</p> <p>Whether money makes you happier also depends on your income in comparison to your peer group, rather than your ability to buy more things. Researchers Firebaugh and Tach argued in their paper, <a href="http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/29109.php">Relative Income and Happiness: Are Americans on a Hedonic Treadmill?,</a> that this results in a never-ending comparison game, because one's income tends to rise with age (as does the rest of the peer group). It also means that as first-world countries grow wealthier, their residents aren't likely to be any happier, on the whole. Firebaugh and Tach did find that the greatest predictors of happiness were <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/44-ways-to-improve-your-health-and-happiness" title="44 Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness">physical health</a>, income, education and marital status.</p> <p>Firebaugh and Tach's argument that there is no single predictor of happiness was recently supported by the results of a recent Gallup World Poll (via <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20100701/can-money-buy-happiness">Web MD</a>). The poll, which surveyed 136,000 people in 132 countries, found that happiness is determined by numerous factors, including expectations and culture. In other words, the question of whether you are happy depends in large part on how you define &quot;happiness.&quot; The survey also found that the United States had the highest income of all the countries surveyed, but ranked 16th in life satisfaction (related to factors like feeling respected, having autonomy and having job fulfillment) and 26th on positive feelings.</p> <p>In addition to there being numerous predictors of happiness (rather than income alone), there is evidence that <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-money-buy-happiness">money does not make you more generous.</a> In fact, US families making over $300,000 annually donate just 4% of their income to charity and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/magazine/22FOB-wwln-t.html">numerous other studies</a> have shown that lower-income families give more of their income to charity than do high-earners.</p> <p>So what does all of this mean? Bottom line: having <em>enough</em> money will make you happy, but having <em>more</em> money won't necessarily. My view is that it's essential to define happiness for yourself and then allocate your money in ways that will make you happy. In my case, what would make me happiest is being able to save 10% for retirement (which I do), having six months of emergency funds (which I don't) and paying off my credit cards (which I'm in the process of doing). After that, I'll be free to allocate money toward travel, which is one of my great loves in life! What about you? How do you view the relationship between money and happiness? Share your thoughts!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fdoes-money-really-buy-happiness&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FDoes%2520Money%2520Really%2520Buy%2520Happiness-.jpg&amp;description=Does%20Money%20Really%20Buy%20Happiness%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Does%20Money%20Really%20Buy%20Happiness-.jpg" alt="Does Money Really Buy Happiness?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-money-really-buy-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Her experience in buying some books she loves that will continue to give her a jolt of happiness whenever she sees them is a powerful argument against the old adages about not buying happiness. Having had similar experiences, this is very compelling. Whether or not it works for you depends on your personality, your spending habits, and what exactly you&#39;re expecting the money to do for you. But you don&#39;t need me to tell you all of this, because she said it first. Head on over and check it out.</p> <!--break--><!--break--><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cant-buy-me-love-but-maybe-i-can-buy-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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