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Train Your Brain to Spend Smarter: A Chat With BeyondThePurchase.org

A few months ago Linda Lombardi, a writer for the website Learnvest, asked us if she could conduct a Q & A to learn how our research helps people spend and save their money in ways that result in the most happiness. While … Continue reading

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How can I Reduce my Compulsive Spending Habits?

Last week I wrote about how a lack of money management predicts individuals’ compulsive spending, regardless of their personality, gender, age, and income. These results were based on a study (Sadness, Identity, and Plastic in Over-shopping) published in the Journal of Economic Psychologywhich was conducted with two students of mine former … Continue reading

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Are You a Happy Shopper? Research Website Helps You Find out

Psychologists have found that buying life experiences makes people happier than buying possessions, but who spends more of their spare cash on experiences? We now know that extraverts and people who are open to new experiences tend to spend more of … Continue reading

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If You’re Happy and You Know It, Check Your Text

I have been asking people to tell me about their happiness since 2003. It is a fun topic to talk about; sometimes I find that people don’t often think much about their own well-being. However, there was one question that … Continue reading

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Purchasing Experiences Can Produce Emotional Benefits

Typically, amazement is what motivates people to alter their understanding of the world and awe brings people’s attention to the present moment and alters their subjective time experience. Awe is a sense of perceptual vastness (physical or conceptual). Because of this, the … Continue reading

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How do positive psychologists really measure happiness?

Last weekend, for three days in a row, we had unseasonably beautiful weather in San Francisco. If you are not familiar with the weather patterns for San Francisco, they can be rather cold and foggy. However, last weekend we had … Continue reading

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Sunshine on my portfolio makes me happy

There are armies of very smart, very well educated, numbers- and facts-focused people on Wall Street and in other stock exchanges around the globe. The sharpest minds from the best schools compete at the highest levels for any advantage at … Continue reading

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Older Really Is Wiser

Late-night TV advertisements often paint a picture of older adults as terminally bewildered. The advertisements depict seniors trying to make sense of their health care options, insurance plans, retirements accounts, etc. – and failing miserably. These TV seniors are invariably … Continue reading

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How much does happiness cost? Not much when you spend it on others.

  A few weeks ago, while in a foul mood, I found myself admiring the pastries in a coffee shop.  I bought (and I write this so that others may learn from my mistakes) three mini chocolate donuts and a … Continue reading

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Sticks and stones may break our bones, but some words make us materialistic!

Simply referring to people as “consumers” rather than “individuals” caused people to be less generous, accept less responsibility, and to view others as competitors rather than allies. Continue reading

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