Monday, August 9, 2010

Are You Happy?

There's a great NYTimes article explaining some of the ways that people are spending less on material goods, and finding more happiness. No secrets here -- most of the stuff you already know: less time at work, more time outdoors, more volunteering, experiences trump possessions.

New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of material objects, when they relish what they plan to buy long before they buy it, and when they stop trying to outdo the Joneses.

Does this mean you should follow suit, move to a trailer to be able to surf 5x a week? It's certainly worth considering...

This TED talk by Dan Gilbert is worth seeing too. His research on happiness will blow your mind.


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