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Money DOES buy happiness - briefly.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:04 pm

Reference : New Scientist, 22 July 2017, page 24

A study in Hungary involved 10,000 people as subjects, and showed a burst of happiness after spending money. It did not matter if that money was spent on material goods or on something to provide a nice experience. There are other studies that indicate that spending money on new experiences provides more happiness, and one Canadian study that showed buying material goods beat buying new experiences for life satisfaction. The author of this article expressed his opinion - that spending money on new experiences gave more happiness, but I am not sure that the data supports him.

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Postby Phoenix76 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:42 am

Okay Lance, I can relate to your post. Spending of money, either way, can make you feel good, but where is the link to the study?

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Postby TJrandom » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:42 pm

Phoenix76 wrote:Okay Lance, I can relate to your post. Spending of money, either way, can make you feel good, but where is the link to the study?


https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg ... ess-boost/

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Postby TJrandom » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:50 pm

I haven`t read the article, but I find happiness in having sufficient money in the bank that can be drawn on, without concern of depletion, to fund my rather simple, but satisfying lifestyle – and expand that from time to time with an overseas trip of experience acquisition.

I am not happier if I encounter a windfall, but I do find satisfaction when I use some funds to help others.

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Postby Nikki Nyx » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:11 pm

My feelings about money break down as follows:

If I spend money on things that are necessary, I generally feel resignation. I have to spend that money, but I don't have to like it. ;)

If I spend money on things that aren't necessary, I feel one of two ways:
1. Happy that I've bought something I'll enjoy.
2. Guilty that I've bought something I really don't need.
Generally, it depends on the item. If it's a functional item I know I'll use again and again, like my stick blender, then #1 will apply. If it's frippery, like an item of fancy clothing I know I won't wear frequently, then #2 will apply. (I'm not really a material girl, except in certain select areas, all of which concern functionality.)

If I spend money on an experience, I only regret it if the experience was poor. Otherwise, I'm happy I spent the money.

If I save money and have a nest egg, I feel secure, knowing that I'm able to cover exigent circumstances, like a large appliance suddenly deciding to commit suicide. (Note: Never mention windfalls or savings accounts within earshot of vehicles or large appliances. They will interpret it as a cue that they're no longer needed. :mrgreen: )
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Postby Gord » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:48 pm

I'm happy when I'm whittling in the middle of the forest, until the ants crawl up my pants.
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Postby scrmbldggs » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:35 pm

:hmm: Don't wear pants. :pardon:
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:50 pm

Dear Old Dad used to say that money didn't make you happy, but it did make the small irritations go away. I used that once quite expressly. I was late to catch a plane and rather than risk missing it I went ahead and splurged to get a taxi direct to the airport. I'm constitutionally bent to avoid such wasteful spending....but it was worth it and I'm even proud of myself I avoided the irritant of worry about whether or not I'd catch my flight. Glad I had the money to spend that way.
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Postby OlegTheBatty » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:51 pm

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:Dear Old Dad used to say that money didn't make you happy, but it did make the small irritations go away. I used that once quite expressly. I was late to catch a plane and rather than risk missing it I went ahead and splurged to get a taxi direct to the airport. I'm constitutionally bent to avoid such wasteful spending....but it was worth it and I'm even proud of myself I avoided the irritant of worry about whether or not I'd catch my flight. Glad I had the money to spend that way.


Are you hinting that Gord should hire a hitman to take care of his brother's dog? :mrgreen:
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Postby Gord » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:30 pm

scrmbldggs wrote::hmm: Don't wear pants. :pardon:

That just shortens the distance they have to crawl!
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Postby Gord » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:31 pm

OlegTheBatty wrote:
bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:Dear Old Dad used to say that money didn't make you happy, but it did make the small irritations go away. I used that once quite expressly. I was late to catch a plane and rather than risk missing it I went ahead and splurged to get a taxi direct to the airport. I'm constitutionally bent to avoid such wasteful spending....but it was worth it and I'm even proud of myself I avoided the irritant of worry about whether or not I'd catch my flight. Glad I had the money to spend that way.

Are you hinting that Gord should hire a hitman to take care of his brother's dog? :mrgreen:

Put an s on the front of that, and I might be interested.
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Postby Aztexan » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:55 am

You should shire a hitman? :scratch:
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Postby Gord » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:40 am

No, he should stake care of the dog.
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Postby Gord » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:41 am

...or take scare of the dog....
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Gord wrote:
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bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:Dear Old Dad used to say that money didn't make you happy, but it did make the small irritations go away. I used that once quite expressly. I was late to catch a plane and rather than risk missing it I went ahead and splurged to get a taxi direct to the airport. I'm constitutionally bent to avoid such wasteful spending....but it was worth it and I'm even proud of myself I avoided the irritant of worry about whether or not I'd catch my flight. Glad I had the money to spend that way.

Are you hinting that Gord should hire a hitman to take care of his brother's dog? :mrgreen:

Put an s on the front of that, and I might be interested.

Sthat?
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:26 am

Smight you be interested? I've never seen "smite" spelled that way.
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Postby ElectricMonk » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:29 am

Spending money is an exercise of (spending) power - so no wonder it feels good.
But it also depletes your power, so you better make it count, or your regrets will far outweigh the short-term rush.
On the other hand, you can derive satisfaction from a good deal long after it no longer matters.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:54 am

Lance Kennedy wrote:Reference : New Scientist, 22 July 2017, page 24

A study in Hungary involved 10,000 people as subjects, and showed a burst of happiness after spending money. It did not matter if that money was spent on material goods or on something to provide a nice experience. There are other studies that indicate that spending money on new experiences provides more happiness, and one Canadian study that showed buying material goods beat buying new experiences for life satisfaction. The author of this article expressed his opinion - that spending money on new experiences gave more happiness, but I am not sure that the data supports him.

If they'd have said "pleasure" rather than "happiness" I'd be fine with that.
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:08 pm

I volunteer as tribute for a study to discover whether money does buy happiness. I shall require $100 million USD to fund my study, as I intend to recruit a rather large study group. :mrgreen: We'll talk about my fees and expenses at a later date. ;)
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Postby Aztexan » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:30 pm

Forget it. I've been trying to milk funds from these cheap bastards for years and I don't even have a lousy t-shirt to show for it.
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Wait...not even a t-shirt? Not even a little dashboard bobblehead skeptic? Bumper sticker?
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Postby Gord » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:38 am

I'd send you a lousy t-shirt but I can't find any lice.
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:55 am

Check the local elementary schools; at least one will probably have an infestation.
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Postby Gord » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:53 am

Alas, no. The kids around here are disgustingly clean lately.
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Postby Aztexan » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:34 am

I have a t-shirt that says exactly that.
I never knew what it meant.
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Postby Phoenix76 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:47 am

Money!!!!!
When I don't have enough, I get real pis*ed off. When I can pay my bills and put food on the table, I feel good.

But when I have extra, and can buy some luxuries, then I'm really happy.

Just like the other day. Got paid some money owing to me and was able to buy a saddle and bridle for my horse. Then today I was able to buy her a saddle blanket and also buy some gear for my TV/DVD set up.

But next fortnight when I don't have any excess money, it's back to feeling like sh*t.

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You can always pawn your horse.
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"Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you a three minute lap dance. Now let's give it up for CHASTITY!"
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Money can't buy you love but it buys penicillin
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:31 am

"Can't buy me love...oh...everybody tells me so."
Ok, how about the "diamond ring" and the "everything?"
Just sayin'. :P
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Postby Matthew Ellard » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:44 am

Scientific Experiment

Matthew : "Amanda darling? Would you still love me if I was poor
Amanda : "Transfer all you money to me and let's see what happens"


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I believe everything except the black ski instructor. Hmmmm........maybe. He is taking an airplane to leave after all.
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Postby Aztexan » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:59 pm

My english teacher was mexican
My spanish teacher was white
My gym teacher was a fat bastard
The home ec teacher was a male
We even had male cheerleaders
What are you saying, bobbo?
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Postby Aztexan » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:03 pm

I am only aware of one stereotype about black guys and that comes from watching porn: black guys don't take off their socks during sex.
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:05 pm

Aztexan wrote:My english teacher was mexican
My spanish teacher was white
My gym teacher was a fat bastard
The home ec teacher was a male
We even had male cheerleaders
What are you saying, bobbo?
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That's funny. Most of the gym teachers I had were not even remotely in shape. But nearly everyone else conformed to stereotype.

I had two home ec teachers...both crotchety old women.
Meanwhile, the two shop teachers sweated testosterone.
The student body was more Breakfast Club than The Breakfast Club.
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Postby Aztexan » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:20 pm

My high school was more like Lord of the Flies meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
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Postby Aztexan » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:24 pm

Also, our health teacher, the one who taught us our pathetically hilarious sex ed class was Mr. Watkins. It would have been so much better if Mrs. Moore taught it because all of us pubescent boys just loved her but unfortunately that wasn't her field and so on the night I finally lost my virginity, I had a hard time concentrating because my girlfriend looked nothing like Mr. Watkins.
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Postby Nikki Nyx » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:45 pm

Aztexan wrote:My high school was more like Lord of the Flies meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

:shockd:
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Postby Aztexan » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:51 pm

That's the face every adult in the building had!
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Postby OlegTheBatty » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:57 pm

Aztexan wrote:That's the face every adult in the building had!


:scratch: How did you tell them apart?
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