Shopping for Happiness? Get a Massage, Forget the Flat-Screen TV

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Consumers found that satisfaction with “experiential purchases” — from massages to family vacations — starts high and increases over time. In contrast, spending money on material things feels good at first, but actually makes people less happy in the end, says Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University professor of psychology and Travis J. Carter, Cornell Ph.D. ’10.

Science Daily: Shopping for Happiness? Get a Massage, Forget the Flat-Screen TV

See also: Transumers.

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1 Comment

  1. Like the transumerism tag here, although it also puts ideas in my head about ancient sumerian trannys.

    Anyways, our friends who are looking to make a profit on certain extreme individualist practices would do well to use some of these memes as the main selling points of their services.

    “true happiness for angry people.”

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