Money Can't Buy You Love, But Happiness Is A Bargain

| 12/4/2007 10:17:47 AM

Happiness is cheap. In fact, real happiness comes from little things like a chocolate bar, an afternoon nap, or a good book, Science Daily reports. University of Nottingham psychologist, Dr Richard Tunney compared the happiness of lottery winners with non-lottery winners, asking each group what they did to make themselves happy. The study found that "cost-free" activities, like pursuing a hobby or laying in a hammock, contributed more to happiness than buying stuff, even expensive stuff. "It appears that spending time relaxing is the secret to a happy life,” said Dr Tunney. “Cost-free pleasures are the ones that make the difference—even when you can afford anything that you want." This is good news for people who think that happiness is constantly out of reach: A good nap is really all people need. —Brendan Mackie 

Lisa O
3/18/2009 12:22:18 AM

Thanks for sharing your article. I agree with you. Happiness comes from the little things we see around us. It is something that money cannot buy. To some, they view happiness as having expensive possessions, but to others happiness isn't just money only. It includes family, socialization, communication and the real value of life. Indeed, money makes the world turn; it is the unfortunate truth of modern human existence. Money, as the saying goes, doesn’t necessarily buy you happiness, although anthropologists have said on numerous occasions that the way money works is not dissimilar to magic in other cultures. Well, it does buy it for some – more rich people report being happy than poor people. Middle class income earners also are less happy, though they earn sufficient income. This is called the Easterlin paradox, for the economist who first published this information. It basically states that in industrial nations with relatively high incomes more people are unhappy than in poor nations. There’s an idea that industrialized nations have more dissatisfaction in daily life due to a lack of connection with others, which is something that money can’t cure.

Manko Eponymous
12/9/2007 12:55:26 PM

Laying in a hammock can be nice too, but considerably more problematic than lying in one.

12/5/2007 3:28:00 PM

Hmm...a chocolate bar, a nap and a good book....I often enjoy all three in the same session. P.S. It's "lying" in a hammock, not, I don't mean telling fibs.

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