Why several small pleasures beat a few large ones
Researchers have found that the types of purchases we make, their size and frequency, and even the timing of that spending all affect long-term happiness.
One major finding is that spending money for an experience — like concert tickets, Spanish lessons, white water rafting — produces longer-lasting satisfaction than spending money on plain old stuff.
There are situations where having cash to spend helps, of course, including for those who become sick or disabled, another study found; for them, money matters. But that's a different kind of spending.
The enemy of happiness is adaptation, says Psyblog. Unfortunately we get used to things and they give us less pleasure; after a while we start taking them for granted.
But if you keep doing lots of small, different conforting things, you'll get more pleasure overall and you'll feel happier.
In a recent study, researchers had participants massaged for three minutes. However, one group had a 20 second break in the middle while the others had a continuous massage.
Who had the better time?
The team predicted it would be the continuous massage, but they were wrong. People enjoyed the massage with the timeout more because the break stopped them becoming acclimatized to the experience.
Is this your experience? Is it the small things that matter when it comes to being a bit happier?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money
Posted by: Clear & Focused | Nov 2, 2021 7:24:44 AM
HAHAHAHA Just keep spending!! What ever you do, don't anyone stop spending. Keep buying something, so that we can keep this smoke and mirrors economy afloat. It doesn't work if all you are doing is saving your money... that was something people did a century ago when things were normal. We're past that now. Just keep buying shit, or our system will collapse. We don't need a system overhaul, we just need you to keep buying shit, whether you can afford it or not. Actually, the whole system works better if you buy something you can't afford. So go out and charge-it! Hahahaha.
Posted by: Elmo | Nov 2, 2021 11:31:56 AM
Hahahaha... Blind and Confused found another blog to spread more of his post pole humping diarrhea. And speaking of crap... he's even sold himself on "buying his own shit". The rant goes on !!
Posted by: Clear & Focused | Nov 2, 2021 1:39:22 PM
Quote: "... post pole humping diarrhea..."??? WTF??
I take it there is no aptitude test for your government employment. We are all embarrassed for you. But only to a point, because you are just putting a target on your back now.
Posted by: Elmo | Nov 3, 2021 1:09:31 AM
@ Dazed and Confused
Quote: "... post pole humping diarrhea..."??? WTF ?? Awww, c'mon bright boy... think about it. Target on your "back" is vewy, vewy close. Check out your archived Kodak moments you filed under "brokeback experiences". Hahahahaha