The Age-Old Question: Can Money Buy Happiness?

(Matthew Killingsworth)… led me to Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and the chief science officer at Happy Money, a financial technology company that helps people acquire personal loans.

I wanted her to help me figure out how we can squeeze the most happiness out of the money we’re already making, so we can obsess a little bit less about making more. Her first piece of advice is the reason I decided to do the trapeze. She told me that we should be buying experiences instead of objects.

Dunn’s research indicates “experiences often connect us with other people that we care about. So if you’re going on a trip or going out for a special meal, usually it’s not going to be by yourself and … it’s going to help to enrich your relationships.”

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