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March 2016   Comments

Happiness in a material world

A weekend getaway or a new pair of shoes? You’ll get a bigger trip from the trip, but the kicks from your new kicks will last longer, UBC researchers say. In one study, 67 students received $20 to spend on either an experience or an object. In a second, 81 undergrads reported on either an experience or an object they received as a Christmas gift. Recording their emotions over a two-week period, the students reported that material objects brought repeated smaller doses of happiness over a longer period, while experiences provided a more intense but short-lived dose of happiness.

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