Material possessions make us less happy

Leaf Van Boven, University of Colorado-Boulder (UC-B) psychology professor, spent a decade studying the social costs and benefits of pursuing happiness through the acquisition of life experiences such as travelling and going to concerts versus the purchase of fancy cars and jewellery.

“We found that material possessions don’t provide as much enduring happiness as the pursuit of life experiences,” Van Boven said. The “take home” message in his most recent study is that not only will investing in material possessions make us less happy than investing in life experiences, but that it often makes us less popular among our peers as well.

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